ACPM 121: Sustainable Development Course
Africa Center for Project Management is pleased to announce a Certificate Course in Sustainable Development course Online and Distance Learning Course, which starts 1st of every month.

Overall Course Overview:
You have certainly already many times encountered the term sustainable development. You see it in newspapers, in political discussions and today even in advertisements. It became well known after the United Nations Conference in Rio de Janeiro 1992. As this was just at the end of the Cold War the nations of the world were unusually united: both East and West, industrialized and developing nations took part. Since then sustainable development has increasingly become common vocabulary.

Sustainable development is different from many other concepts as it is so all-inclusive. It includes everything from personal ideas and perceptions, to technical development and political programs. It is based on knowledge, which partly is age-old, e.g. in agriculture, and partly completely new, such as new technologies and social and economic arrangements. As a knowledge-based undertaking sustainable development is based on a systems approach. One refers to the dimensions of sustainable development as ecological, social and economic, which all are interdependent and all needs to be included. That makes sustainability as a topic of study challenging. In at least some areas we are all beginners. It also opens up for dialogue and different views and opinions.

This online course by Africa Center for Project Management will introduce you to the realm of the sustainable development.

Module objectives
By the end of this module participants should be able to:

  • Define sustainable development.
  • Identify and understand the social aspects of sustainable development.
  • Understand the concepts of vulnerability and resilience.
  • Appreciate the usefulness of risk assessment in disaster management and in climate change
  • Understand the risk associated with overdependence of non-renewable Energy.
  • Understand the MDGs

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to Sustainable Development
  • What is Sustainable Development
  • Underlying themes on Sustainable Development
  • Challenges to Sustainable Development
  • Energy and Sustainable Development
  • MDGs
  • Climate Change
  • Urbanization
  • Opportunities to foster Sustainable Development.

Course Organizers:

Africa Center for Project Management was established in 2004 in Amsterdam with the Africa regional offices in Nairobi. The organization was formed to address capacity building needs among development and corporate organizations in Africa and Asia by offering Online Certificates and In-House trainings. The organization has over ten years experience working with development partners in capacity building in. We have trained over 5000 development and Business Professionals in various thematic areas.

Computing Requirements:

Participants will need to use email, upload and download word docs,
PowerPoint files and PDFs, and post on the discussion board or send assignments by email.   If you do not have internet speed sufficient to download materials, an offline DVD or hard copies course may be the right alternative for you. Materials Provided: Online delivery of curriculum materials, exercises and templates.


After they have read the material for each unit, students are expected to test their own Learning by completing some relevant exercises and tasks.

In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit three assignments.

DURATION AND COURSE LOAD: 8 Weeks - 5 to 6 hours per week
DATES: (Two Months) Course Starts 1st of Every Month.
PARTICIPANTS: Development Professionals
ORGANIZERS: Africa Center for Project Management
LANGUAGE: English only
FORMAT: Web-based and Distance Learning facilitated