Understanding Australia’s new International Development Policy

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23 October 2023

The Foundations of International Development Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provides you with the analytical and practical skills to better understand Australia’s new International Development Policy.

The policy is the Australian Government’s first long-term development policy in almost a decade. The international development sector welcomed its announcement when launched by the Australian Government in August 2023.

The MOOC introduces learners to the key concepts and challenges that make-up international development, the historical context of Australia’s program, and the ways development helps the Government achieve its foreign policy objectives. Participants will hear directly from experienced practitioners as they explain how to manage the complexities of development and share their insights on delivering effective aid investments that help build a peaceful, stable and prosperous region.

This course will help participants understand the domestic and international context within which DFAT delivers international development; and will outline how and why international development is a critical element of Australian statecraft, across the Indo-Pacific and globally. The course is also designed to help participants integrate development policy objectives into broader DFAT work.

This 4-week, self-paced course is open to all Australian Government officials managing or working on international aid programs. Up to 6 hours of study is expected each week.

The Diplomatic Academy’s online courses offer highly interactive social learning, where participants gain as much from the experiences shared by fellow learners as from the content and educators.

Learner feedback from the inaugural Foundations of International Development MOOC:

  • Thanks once again for this brilliant MOOC, I shall certainly be recommending it to colleagues.”
  • Great format with highly relevant content, to which I will continue returning.”
  • I really enjoyed the theory and practical tips, and great explanations and wisdom from the educators.”

Course summary – Foundations of International Development

Dates: Monday 13 November – Sunday 10 December

Delivery method: Online (MOOC), self-paced

Study commitment: Approx 4–6 hours per week

Cost: $640

Audience: All APS employees who manage or work on international aid programs

Register on Lumi today.

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