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Length Length

4 modules released weekly, with 1-week catch-up period

Effort Effort

2-4 hours per module

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English

Prerequisites Prerequisites

Minimum undergraduate level of understanding of economics and development theory

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

HOW TO DRIVE INDUSTRIALIZATION
in

AFRICA

HOW TO DRIVE INDUSTRIALIZATION
INTRODUCTING
industries

WITHOUT SMOKESTACKS

INTRODUCTING
A WIN-WIN SCENARIO
for

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

A WIN-WIN SCENARIO
CONVERSATIONS
with leading voices in

DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS

CONVERSATIONS

Overview

Launching September 9, 2019!

According to The World Bank, Africa’s working-age population is expected to increase by nearly 70% by 2035. Without industrialization to create jobs, it will be difficult to achieve sustainable development. While manufacturing led to rapid industrialization in East Asian countries, there is doubt that it can have the same effect in Africa. The question is, if not through manufacturing, how can Africa promote economic growth?

In this course from the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), brought to you by the SDG Academy, you will hear from researcher John Page and other leading voices in development economics about the range of activities known “industries without smokestacks,” and learn how industrial policy that promotes the growth of these industries presents a win-win scenario for economic development in Africa.

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structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Quizzes
  • Discussion forum

Lead Faculty

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    John Page

    UNU-WIDER

This course is for

Policy professionals who want to understand how industrial policy can create win-win strategies for growth and development

Development practitioners seeking insight into how to address the need for industrialization in Africa

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in economics, development, industrialization, and other key concepts related to Africa’s development

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course will launch on September 9, 2019. Enroll now!

Certificates

Learners who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a Verified Certificate signed by the course instructor.

syllabus

Module 1: Industry as a driver of structural change

1.1

Is industry special?

1.2

Can we broaden the options?

1.3

Introducing “industries without smokestacks”

1.4

Win-win policies

1.5

An agenda for aid

Mini-documentary: How to provide jobs & transform livelihoods

Module 2: The recipe for industrial growth

2.1

Drivers of industry: exports and the basics

2.2

Drivers of industry: firm capabilities

2.3

Drivers of industry: agglomerations

2.4

Lessons from East Africa

2.5

Is manufacturing the answer? Expert views

2.6

Industry case studies

Module 3: Avoiding the resource curse

3.1

Natural resources: opportunities and risks

3.2

Natural resources: investing to invest

3.3

Lessons from Viet Nam, Tanzania and Senegal

Activity: What the data shows

Module 4: Industrial policies for Africa

4.1

Industrial policy: what, why, how?

4.2

Industrial policy in Africa

4.3

The challenge for Africa

4.4

How to avoid capture of politicians?

4.5

Lessons from Ethiopia