UNU-FLORES E-learning

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  • 2013/11/18

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    As part of UNU-FLORES’ overall mission is to engage in postgraduate education and build the capacity of individuals as well as institutions, the institute is currently developing three online courses that will cover the following topics and are tailored towards achieving nexus competency:

    1. Life-cycle cost analysis of infrastructure projects

    The goal of the course is to enhance the capacities and knowledge of participants to understand, critically analyze and apply key concepts of life-cycle costs in the design, implementation and evaluation of infrastructure projects. The e-learning course will advance the nexus approach by examining ways in which sustainability of infrastructure projects can be enhanced. The course will rely on case studies in the field of water and sanitation to highlight linkages between capital costs of infrastructure establishment and institutional processes and structures to ensure investment in operation and maintenance.

    2. Inter-governmental fiscal relations

    The online course aims at enhancing the capacities and knowledge of course participants to understand, critically analyze and apply key concepts related to the financing of public services. The e-learning course will advance the nexus approach by emphasizing inter-connections between central fiscal transfers, taxes and tariffs involving decisions at multiple levels of governance.

    3. Multiple uses of water services

    The course aims at enhancing the capacities and knowledge of participants to understand, critically analyze and apply key concepts of the multiple uses of water services in the design, implementation and evaluation of infrastructure projects. The course will advance the nexus approach by examining the multiple end uses of water with a view to enhance efficiency and equity considerations in service delivery.

    All of the above-mentioned courses are targeted to be launched before September 2014. Policy makers, natural resource managers and development practitioners from government, non-governmental organizations, think tanks and universities in developing and emerging countries will be the target audiences for these courses.

    The development of the curricula will involve regional partner institutions, who will also work with UNU-FLORES to jointly run the courses.