System Dynamics-based Development Planning

The course uses System Dynamics principles and methods to give participants a holistic view of the factors that drive sustainable development and to illuminate the specific country dynamics that impact attainment of policy objectives within the context of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.


Breaking the silos
SDG17: Partnerships for the goals
SDG 17: Systemic Issues
Integrated national development planning
integrated planning
scenarios planning
systems thinking

The course duration is 8 weeks: 4 weeks online, 4 weeks face-to-face. The course is free but participants are responsible for their travel, accommodation, and living expenses, as well as to pay a semester fee of 590 Norwegian Krone (about $65) to the University of Bergen.

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Target Audience

Development professionals responsible for developing policies and programs aimed at meeting the SDGs.

Learning Objectives

Participants develop expertise to understand, map, and analyze complex sustainable development challenges; and to determine the best approaches to solve them using a systems perspective. Participants gain knowledge about robust multi-sector and multi-disciplinary strategy development, policy design, and decision making within the context of 2030 Agenda.