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Training Methodologies


Since 2003, UNITAR’s Public Finance and Trade Programme has offered e-Learning courses primarily aimed at public and private sector officials, as well as academics and civil society representatives from developing countries, including LDCs, and economies in transition.

These courses are internet-based, moderated by senior international experts, asynchronous and place emphasis on online discussions and self-paced learning. Course content is derived from UNITAR’s past training experience and provides a synthesis of current best practices with the needs of the specific target audience in mind.

UNITAR’s e-Learning courses are structured in a very user-friendly manner with a clearly defined pedagogy and easy online navigation. As such, they are ideally suited for anyone who is even minutely familiar with the basic features of a computer and Internet browsing.

On average, the Public Finance and Trade Programme is conducting around conducting 60 to 80 six-week e-Learning courses each year and training around 2,200 participants from over 140 nations.


At the request of governments or partner institutions, UNITAR’s Public Finance and Trade Programme regularly organizes seminars and workshops at the sub-regional or national level to raise awareness of decision-makers, discuss best practices, secure government commitment and facilitate regional cooperation and networking.

These seminars and workshops typically last between one to five days and are conducted by international, national and/or regional resource persons. Seminars and workshops are customized to suit the practical and priority training needs determined in collaboration with beneficiaries.

Seminars and workshops developed and organized by the Public Finance and Trade Programme are always highly interactive, with lectures by senior experts alternating with group discussions, case studies and simulation exercises.