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Free online international development courses round-up

Got some time in the New Year and want to increase your knowledge and skills in a particular area? Here is a round-up of free online courses for international development / aid professionals that you can take anytime, anywhere.

The courses, often called MOOCs (short for Massive Online Open Course), are run over the Internet. MOOC providers include Coursera, EdX, and FutureLearn, and feature content from universities and organisations all around the world.

Here is a collection of courses that might be of interest to international development / aid professionals (there are many more if you use the links above):


Course Start Date By
Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects Anytime University of California, San Diego
Tackling the Global Food Crisis: Sustainable Agri-food Systems Anytime Queen’s Belfast University
Forests and Livelihoods in Developing Countries (Not available currently) Anytime UBCx
Subsistence Marketplaces Anytime University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Make an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals Anytime University of Bath
Managing People: Engaging Your Workforce Anytime University of Reading
Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution Anytime The Pennsylvania State University
Critical Thinking in Global Challenges Anytime The University of Edinburgh
Introduction to Sustainability Anytime University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ebola in Context: Understanding Transmission, Response and Control Anytime London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Health for All Through Primary Health Care Anytime Johns Hopkins University
Small Island Developing States in a Changing Climate: Paths to Adaptation Anytime University of Geneva
The Challenges of Global Health Anytime Duke University
The Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Anytime State University of New York; University of Victoria
Statistical Reasoning for Public Health 2: Regression Methods Anytime Johns Hopkins University


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