The Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (previously funded by Comic Relief) and University College London have come together to create a free 4 week course that starts on the 22nd of June.
In case it's of interest to you or anyone in your organisation, please find the details below.
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (University College London), the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre and Njala University will be launching a new exciting edition of our highly successful free online course (MOOC) on Development and Planning in African Cities. The 4-week course will start on June 22, is open to all and free of charge, and involves about 3 hours of study time per week.
You can register for it, find the course trailer and get more information on the Future Learn platform which hosts the course:
The online course will explore African cities through the lenses of spatial justice and social diversity, challenging myths and assumptions about urban development and demonstrating how different processes interact and shape the development of a city, using the case study of Freetown.
It covers the following themes: urban land, informalities, governance, participatory planning, urban risk, vulnerabilities & infrastructure.
The course will allow participants to directly interact with many urban professionals, civil servants, and civil society leaders from across Africa and the world.
The course was developed by the lead educators Andrea Rigon and Joseph Macarthy and produced with the support of Alexander Stone and Joanna Stroud. The course includes contributions from some of the best scholars in the field as well as the residents of Freetown. The course follows a face-to-face executive programme with the same contents delivered to Sierra Leone civil servants, academics, civil society leaders and urban professionals.
This course is also the basis for a more ambitious project of opening an MSc in Development and Planning in Africa Cities run by the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre at Njala University, with the support of the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, which is aimed to launch in 2021.
While this may be a mile away from our experiences here in Exeter I am excited to learn about what is happening around the world - there is always something to learn.