NFID provides free distant learning courses for a wide range of specialists, researchers and those involved in the development of educational policies. The design of NFID training allows for organizing of equally effective simultaneous participation of trainees from different professional levels and languages spoken. Courses cover the areas of Sustainable Development Agenda and international development aid.
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List of NFID courses
Course 4: Russia as an international development donor.
Start date: June 4, 2020
The Russian Federation has a long history of providing international development aid. What are the major areas for Russia to aid? What are the policies in Russian ODA? What are the major institutions in Russia responsible for ODA? These questions are explained in the following NFID course.
What will you learn?
The course consists of 4 modules. Each week participants will take 2 modules. Each module is taken in the form of a webinar followed by recommended reading and a final test. Each module will take about 3 hours to accomplish. The level of difficulty is basic. The course can be taken by specialists, working in the sphere of educational assessment, research and management.
Module 1: History of Russia as an international donor: directions of ODA, recipients, policy.
Module 2: Russia’s policies and doctrines of ODA. Responsible institutions. Major recipients of Russia’s ODA.
Module 3: Russia as a member of multilateral partnership. Trust funds with Russia’s participation.
Module 4: Russia and Sustainable Development Agenda: humanitarian initiatives. Private sector. Civil society.
Course 3: International development aid in education: goals, actors, policies.
Start date: March 4, 2020
The course is dedicated to understanding the processes and issues involed in international development assistance provided by global donors at different scales. The term, widely used in the course — ODA (Official Development Assistance) was introduced by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in 1969 to measure aid. The course explores theories of development and analyzes international development aid policies, practices, issues and challenges. The course seeks to critically examine the drivers of such policies and their implementation. The course explores donors’ role and motivation. It also presents positive case studies and the role of ODA in achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
What will you learn?
The course consists of 5 modules. Each week participants will take 1 module. Each module is taken in the form of a webinar followed by recommended reading and a final test. Each module will take about 3 hours to accomplish. The level of difficulty is basic. The course can be taken by specialists working in the sphere of educational assessment, research and management.
Module 1: he history of ODA. Evolution of theories of development. Theory of Sustainable Development as a new frontier.
Module 2: Global actors in ODA: bilateral and multi-stakeholder funds. Biggest initiative, biggest donors. Role of the private sector. Is giving more always the better way?
Module 3: Approaches to assess the ODA. OECD methodology. Do we only assess what we value? How much of ODA goes back to the donor?
Module 4: ODA impact on countries’ policies. Cooperation South-South, North-South and triangle.
Module 5: How much more do we need to invest to achieve SDGs and how is it calculated?
Course 2: Sustainable Development Goal # 4: targets and indicators. How do we know that we are on track?
Start date: December 1, 2019
Two years after the acceptance of the SDGs the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators developed indicators for each SDGs. Leading stakeholders agreed on the proposed indicators framework at the 48th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission held in March 2017. All together 17 SDGs and 169 targets received 232 measurable indicators.
What will you learn?
The 4 th SDG received 10 targets along with 11 indicators. How are they measured? Who is responsible? Is the comparison between countries even possible? In this course we try to explain the answer to these complex questions.
The course consists of 5 modules. Each week participants will take 1 module. Each module is taken in the form of a webinar followed by recommended reading and a final test. Each module will take about 3 hours to accomplish. The level of difficulty is intermediate. The course can be taken by specialists working in the sphere of educational assessment, research and management.
Module 1: The 4th SDG: quality instead of quantity. How the Millennial Goal on education is different from the Sustainable Development Goal on education? Targets and indicators explained.
Module 2: Organizations that are responsible for the measurement of the 4th SDG and their role. How is data on the 4th SDG collected from countries?
Module 3: How can data from different countries be compared? Different standards in different countries but the same quality.
Module 4: Global initiatives on development of methodologies for measurement of the 4th SDG and how we can contribute.
Module 5: Are we on track? Midterm results of the implementation of Sustainable Development Agenda on education.
Course 1: Sustainable Development Goals.
Start date: September 1, 2019
In September 2015 the 193 member states of the United Nations adopted the new universal development agenda entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. At its core are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sustainable Development Agenda is a continuation of the efforts of the member states towards a brighter future for humanity.
What will you learn?
The course offers information on the history of the acceptance of the Sustainable Development Goals, their content and scale. The course explains what social, economic and policy transformations are required from member states to implement all 17 Goals. It also explains governance and planning of the SDGs implementation, the role of civil society and the private sector. The course demonstrates ways of how cross-country cooperation can accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.
The course consists of 6 modules. Each week participants will take 2 modules. Each module is taken in the form of a webinar followed by recommended reading and a final test. Each module will take about 3 hours to accomplish. The level of difficulty is basic. The course can be taken by specialists working in the sphere and also by any individual interested in this topic.
Module 1: History of SDGs acceptance. 17 goals and 169 targets explained. Main focal points and what they do.
Module 2: Challenges for each goal and how they are connected: why building a highway in Dakar impacts school enrollment in North Africa?
Module 3: Governments, civil society and private sector as the main actors in achievement of the SDGs. Who is the most accountable?
Module 4: Lets talk money. Types of financing. Shareholders and stakeholders. How much finances do we need to achieve SDGs?
Module 5: Access to global public good and resources. Is equality even achievable?
Module 6: Future of the humanity. What is beyond the SDGs?