Foresight for Development, the 2030 Agenda and the SDGsAdd to learning list


Semi-facilitated e-learning

UN Partner

Offered by

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Course details

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8 weeks
10 hours/ week
Latin America and the Caribbean
500 USD
Start date
19 October 2020
End date
11 December 2020
Registration deadline
19 September 2020

Course summary

This course seeks to provide an analytical and instrumental framework of foresight and its techniques. In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, the 2030 Agenda becomes even more relevant, as well as foresight and studies of the future, to overcome challenges related to instability and uncertainty.

About this course

The world is going through a period of instability and uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic intensified the challenges for the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. In this context, the 2030 Agenda for Development becomes even more relevant, as well as foresight and studies of the future.

The crossroads experienced by the region promote the exercise of foresight and long-term planning in public affairs. Participants will learn about systemic thinking in the framework of the 2030 Agenda, long-term trends and challenges, foresight´s tools, cases and experiences, and strategic planning.

The learning methodology of the course encourages the construction of individual and collective knowledge, combining theory, practice, and experience. Through virtual classes, applied exercises, readings and interactive quizzes, participants will be able to practice foresight techniques. Furthermore, they will have an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with their peers.

The virtual course lasts eight weeks, summing up to a total of 80 academic hours. It is an asynchronous course, so the activities can be distributed by each participant on an individual basis.

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Target audience

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to gain knowledge in foresight, including workers from the public sector, NGOs, academia and think-thanks interested in the development of capacities of exploration of the future and its application to the fields of development and public policy. Applicants must have completed their university studies.

Learning objectives

1. Acquire a basic conceptual, theoretical and methodological framework of foresight and future studies, through knowledge of the basic theories, relevant contemporary experiences of long-term visions and knowledge of the general development context in Latin America and the Caribbean.

2. Know the basic elements of the 2030 Agenda as a global vision of Sustainable Development and show the benefits that foresight analysis and tools can offer tool to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.