The crucial role played by women in sustainable development is well acknowledged. The objective of this course is to introduce participants to current critical issues of gender within the context of social economic development. Studies show that “women are half the world’s population, yet they do two-thirds of the world’s work, earn one-tenth of the world’s income, and own less than one-hundredth of the world’s property”. Issues examined in this course include the nature of poverty, gender division of labor, industrialization, economic injustice, women’s rights, and contributions to rural development.
Course Learning Objectives:
This short course aims to equip project officers in international development the tools to succeed in achieving their organizational goals.
The course is delivered in a workshop setting facilitated by seasoned professional facilitators with practical experience. Active participation is required and key to the success of the workshops. Other methods used in this course include case studies, group projects, problem-solving exercise, etc. Assessment of the participants’ performance is through effective class participation, group presentation, group projects, and class attendance.
The “Gender Issues and Sustainable Development: Strengthening African and Government Programs” Course has some of the following key areas of learning:
- Development issues and challenges in the new millennium
- Leadership and team building in organization
- Strategic planning for sustainable development
- The role of state and society in development management
- Overview of gender issues and women in development
- Review of participants’ knowledge of existing leadership development programs for African women and the role the African women play in sustainable development
- Why gender issues matter in development?
- Demonstration of case histories of African women leaders who have made a difference in their respective communities through political participation and social programs
- Overview of women’s role in development
- Economic justice and human rights
- Solutions to economic injustice
- Best Practices in Poverty Alleviation
- Enterprise development – cooperative opportunities, micro credit
- Women and the fight against HIV/AIDS crisis
- A brand new laptop computer to take home
- Field trips
At the end of this course, participants are expected to have a deeper understanding on a variety of issues concerning women in the context of development.
The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, group discussion, case studies, problem-solving exercise, and group presentations. Active participation is required and key to the success of the workshops. Other methods used in this course include case studies and lecturing. Assessment is through effective class participation, group presentation, group projects, and class attendance.
Who should attend?
Project officers, policy makers, and individuals who are interested in acquiring new knowledge in current thinking in gender issues and development may attend the course. At the completion of this course, participants should have a deeper understanding of gender analysis of development.
Training Locations and Scheduled Dates
New York, USA:
Washington, DC, USA: Apr 18-29; Jul 18-29; Oct 9-21;
Phoenix, Arizona, USA:
London, United Kingdom:
Toronto, Canada: Jul 11-22;
Course materials include PowerPoint presentation slides, carefully selected reading materials, exercises, case studies, reading references, and a laptop computer.
The course fee is $4,800 for 2 weeks. The course fee covers the following: instruction, course materials, one brand new laptop computer to take home, administration expenses, field trips, cultural programs and miscellaneous program-related expenses.
How to Register
To participate in this course, the applicant must:
- Send a completed application form
- Have a bachelor’s degree/or have relevant work experience at senior management level
- Be nominated by the head of his/her department
- Be a senior member of the organization
- Demonstrate a devoted interest in the course
- Have a proof of English proficiency
- Demonstrate proof of financial sponsorship for the course
Hetta International Development Center
295 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Ph. 212 379 8348