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SDG Academy: Course on “resilience thinking for sustainable development”

Transforming Development: The Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking explores how concepts from resilience may help us re-think and transform current development practice. 

With concerns about climate and global environmental changes, extreme events, and increases in social, economic, and political shocks, the concept of resilience is proving popular across a range of sectors as a way to understand and respond to our surprise-riddled world. 

The term “resilience” is everywhere these days, from areas such as international development and humanitarian relief to urban planning and disaster management. Persistence in the face of challenges, adaptation to new realities, and transforming with fundamentally new paths for development are all means of resilience. And in sustainable development, these tools are imperative for understanding issues ranging from poverty to climate change. In Transforming Development: The Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking, learn how to apply the lens of resilience to the cross-cutting challenges raised by the Sustainable Development Goals. 

This course is for:

  • Development practitioners, policymakers and managers around the world, as well as those working in the development field with an interest in resilience thinking as it relates to policy and practice
  • Students interested in the intersection of resilience, sustainability and development, and with a general interest in local to global sustainability challenges
  • Anyone with an interest in development, resilience thinking, and sustainability

The course has already started on: 30 April 2018

  • Course ends: all graded content must be submitted by 23:00 UCT on June 30, 2018
  • Length: Seven modules released weekly, with a two-week catch-up period at the end
  • Effort: 2-4 hours per week
  • Price: FREE
  • Languages: English, with French and Spanish transcripts available

This course includes examples from practitioners working with resilience concepts in diverse contexts around the world. It is supported by strong scientific evidence and case studies from researchers at a number of universities. Above all, this course is committed to being a platform that brings together individuals and organizations from around the world, with the common goal of transforming development.

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May 2018