13 February 2020, Geneva, Switzerland - UNITAR developed the “E-learning course on Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees” as a  joint effort with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

It was launched on 22 January 2020, in the framework of the 12th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), in Quito, Ecuador. In order to introduce this tool, UNITAR’s President of the Board of Trustees, Ambassador Luis Gallegos, presented a message on behalf of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, on the importance of the course theme and its potential.


This course provides guidance to foster the competences required by policymakers and practitioners to face different challenges in the formulation of effective, proportionate and constructive responses to complex public policy issues related to migration. It is based on UNITAR’s sound adult learning pedagogical principles. Each module includes readings, self-assessment activities and quizzes. The learning activities are distributed in such a way to ensure the achievement of the learning objectives in a flexible manner. It has been designed for supporting policymakers and practitioners from both developed and developing countries.

Therefore, the five modules and concluding remarks of the course are based on the benefits of promoting entrepreneurship of migrants to achieve more inclusive and cohesive societies linked to sustainable development and economic growth. It includes policy objectives and policy options intended to identify different means to support entrepreneurship among migrants and refugees; identifies case studies and good practices from policies, programs and initiatives, in both developed and developing countries, and; raises awareness through capacity building in order to enhance opportunities to move towards a more inclusive society where no-one is left behind.

The first iteration of the course will be from 2 March to 13 April 2020.

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