This activity is supported with funding allocated from the State of Qatar contribution to the UNITAR Strategic Framework Fund. UNITAR is grateful to the State of Qatar and other contributors for supporting the SFF. The SFF was established by the UNITAR Board of Trustees in 2018 to support projects and activities that respond to needs of developing countries and in particular the least developed countries, African countries, the small island developing States and countries in and emerging from conflict, in order to strengthen capacities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
COVID-19 has highlighted severe fragilities and inequalities within and among nations. While the impact varies per country or region, LDCs is Sub- Saharan Africa face greater risks of negative impacts of the pandemic due to lack of economic resilience and diversification.
Although the pandemic is considered a public health crisis, it is not the only, and may not even be the gravest challenge the pandemic poses. Devastating socio-economic impacts of the virus has disproportionately affected fragile countries that are already battling high poverty, political instability, weak states, poor infrastructure and vulnerability to disasters and shocks. Public sector officials' understanding of available policy space to address the health, social and economic costs of the virus is an essential tool to respond to the crisis.
Recognizing the need to build back better, UNITAR's Division for Prosperity launched a programme focused on strengthening finance and trade resilience to global pandemics and health emergencies in Sub-Saharan Africa. This programme is being delivered in collaboration with the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:
- Understand the principles, existing standards and initiatives of Sustainable Development and the means for achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development goals;
- Develop practical skills necessary to master the challenges of pandemics, as a risk factor, on finance and resilience, at the global level;
- Advance cross-cultural negotiation and communication skills to better contribute to preventing and overcoming international friction, barriers, misunderstandings, and prejudices in negotiation while encouraging international cooperation;
- Engage in a culturally diverse learning environment and build a network of professional relations with fellow students and faculty.
The course consists of the following sessions:
- Week 1
- The Perceived Impact of Global Pandemics on Trade and Expected Implications on Development
- Week 2
- The Role of International Organizations in Providing Financial Support to Crisis Affected Nations
- Week 3
- Lessons Learned: A History of State Responses to Health Emergencies
- Week 4
- Trade Facilitation during Pandemics - Way Forward
- Week 5
- Final Presentations and Evaluation
- Week 6
- Final Presentations and Evaluation
The program includes tailored teaching methods including live lecture sessions, group activities, mentoring, self-directed reading and research, and case study analysis to create an interactive online learning environment for its participants. The programme is developed and delivered in collaboration with the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations and is intended to enhance public sector officials' understanding of trade and finance resiliency and its important linkages with pandemics and health emergencies, crisis management, decision making, international relations, women's empowerment and gender equality, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The programme is intended for public sector officials from LDCs in Sub-Saharan Africa who are involved in local and national fiscal and trade policy responses (from Ministries of finance, economy, trade, planning, central banks and other allied national stakeholders), to support their economies and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials from LDCs in Sub-Saharan Africa are encourage to participate.
This course is free of charge. Limited slots are available subject to a selection process taking into account the geographical and institutional distribution as well as gender balance.
A certificate will be issued to all participants who complete the course-related assignments and assessments successfully.
Participants are expected to have a reliable internet connection, webcam, microphone and speaker throughout the duration of the course.
The course schedule is subject to change.