Short Free 6 week online course

How much progress has Africa made towards inclusive development and how much progress does Africa need to make post 2015? This short course provides you with an introduction to study of the region for if you have a passion and interest in sustainable development.

‘Africa as a continent is rich in natural resources and has increasing wealth in some areas. But there are many countries in sub-Saharan Africa that continue to perform poorly on important development indicators - poverty, hunger and unemployment remain high, while access to maternal and reproductive health is limited.’

This free online course will introduce learners to these inequalities and, as the UN shapes its post 2015 development agenda this year, we will ask whether we can achieve sustainable development for all in sub- Saharan Africa.’

Dr Homans – Course Director

Testimonials from the previous course:      MOOC Sustainable Development for all

Week 1
'Amazing course! It is addictive. Looking forward to the next sessions...'

Week 2
'Wow - I didn't think this course would be so fascinating - not just the information but also the interaction with the other participants from all countries and backgrounds. It's fast becoming an obsession! Well done for week 2'

Week 3
'I have learnt that we must make the invisible visible!'

Week 4
'I am really enjoying this course and wish it was a mandatory subject in the school curriculum here in Australia.'

About the short course

Explore Sustainable Development Post 2015

You assess progress made to date towards the UN Millennium Development Goals. Experts and key speakers in international development discuss whether the post 2015 sustainable development agenda can be achieved in sub-Saharan Africa.

You will be introduced to the key concepts in sustainable development with historical context and current climate.
You will learn by being provided with development stories, film, music, academic text and case studies from the past, present and future scenarios. You have the opportunity to think critically and communicate your own experiences with other learners. You will look at how organisations involved in sustainable development have changed over time.

We explain how data is constructed and concluded and we look at the strengths and weaknesses of this data from a variety of perspectives. We look at what is included in development data and what is not included to then look at how robust the data is.

Learn with Experts from Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Dr Hilary Homans, director of the University’s Centre for Sustainable Development has worked within 48 countries since 1987, the UK Department of International Development and the United Nations as a humanitarian co-ordinator post- earthquake.
  • Madam Zainab Hawa Banguara (UN Secretary-General Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict)
  • Dr Agnes Binagwaho (Minister of Health, Rwanda)
  • Sir Malcom Bruce (Chair of the UK Parliamentary Select Committee on International Development)
  • Olesegun Obasanjo ex-President of Nigeria

You will learn with experts from the University of Aberdeen Centre for Sustainable International Development (CSID), many of whom have lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa. Our experts bring an interdisciplinary and multi sectoral approach to the course to recognise a range of approaches to the complexity of sustainable development. This helps us to understand the detail about why inclusive development has not yet been realised.