Call for Application: 2016 Online Courses for Finance and Trade Officials Now Available Online

5 January 2016, Geneva, Switzerland – UNITAR’s Public Finance and Trade Programme is pleased to announce and showcase a selection of the most sought after course titles for a global audience of finance and trade officials and professionals. These courses are meant to develop participants’ skills and enhance their effectiveness in addressing professional and institutional challenges in the areas of public finance, trade and intellectual property.

The 2016 catalogue of courses includes new titles related to combating corruption, global public goods, good governance and international development as well as the highly in-demand courses relating to financial negotiation, microfinance, risk management and financial governance.

Since 2013, the Programme has delivered over 450 online courses benefitting more than 21,000 beneficiaries globally with an overall satisfaction rate of 91%. Most of the beneficiaries (63%) come from Africa whilst European and Asian beneficiaries represent 12% each.  Latin America’s share is at 10% while North America’s and the Middle East’s are at 2% and 1% respectively.

The courses are designed to allow the participants to fit studying around their daily schedules and learn from the comfort of their computers whilst still achieving high quality training. Invaluable group discussions, simulations and opportunities for international networking and collaboration amongst participants are facilitated through UNITAR’s online learning platform. 

Drawing from both theoretical inputs and real-world case studies along with the knowledge of our senior international experts, each course takes into account the needs and requirements of participants from developing countries including leaset developed countries (LDCs), and emerging economies.

The upcoming courses are listed below. For more information and online registration, please check our online Calendar of Events at http://www.unitar.org/pft/portfolio-projects/3190.


Course Themes/Title (Course Date)

Risk Management

  • Fundamentals of Risk Management (29 Feb to 25 Mar) 

  • Advanced Risk Management (28 Mar to 29 Apr)

Financial Negotiation  

  • Cross-Cultural Negotiation (22 Feb to 25 Mar)

  • Negotiating for Conflict and Dispute Resolution (7 Mar to 8 Apr)

  • International Negotiations: Practical Skills and Techniques (14 Mar to 15 Apr)

  • Drafting and Negotiating Clauses of Loan Agreements (11 Apr to 13 May)

  • Negotiation of Financial Transactions (16 May to 25 June)

Financial Management 

  • Mathematics of Finance (7 Mar to 1 Apr) 

  • Leadership Skills for Finance Managers (7 Mar to 8 Apr)

  • Economics of the Public Sector (14 Mar to 15 Apr)

  • Fundamentals of the Bond Market (14 Mar to 15 Apr)

  • Fundamentals of Banking (21 Mar to 22 Apr)

  • Fundamentals of the Money Market (21 Mar to 22 Apr)

  • Fundamentals of Money Creation (4 Apr to 6)

  • Fundamentals of the Foreign Exchange Market (4 Apr to 6 May) 

  • Fundamentals of the Life-Cycle and Investments (4 Apr to 6 May) 

  • Numerical Methods for Finance and Capital Markets (25 Apr to 27 May)

  • Principles of Central Bank Reserve Management (25 Apr to 27 May)

  • Fundamentals of the Financial System (2 May to 3 Jun)

  • Fundamentals of Central Banking and Monetary Policy (2 May to 3 Jun)

  • Fundamentals of the Equity Market (2 May to 10 Jun) 

  • Fundamentals of the Derivative Markets (16 May to 17 Jun) 

Microfinance, Procurement and Auditing 

  • Public Funds and their Auditing (22 Feb to 25 Mar) 

  • Audit of Public Debt (14 Mar to 15 Apr)

  • Introduction to Public Procurement (21 Mar to 22 Apr)

  • Fundamentals of Microfinance (4 Apr to 6 May) 

  • Advanced Public Procurement (2 May to 3 Jun) 

Capital Market Development and Regulation 

  • Fundamentals of Capital Market Development and Regulation (11 Apr to 20 May)

  • Capital Market Development and Regulation (Advanced Course) (23 May to 1 Jul) 

Financial Governance 

  • Governance of Public Finance (29 Feb to 1 Apr) 

  • Financial Globalization (14 Mar to 15 Apr) 

  • Essentials of Banking Regulation and Basel III (28 Mar to 29 Apr) 

  • Global Financial Governance (18 Apr to 20 May) 

  • Fundamentals of Corporate Governance (18 Apr to 13 May) 

  • Managing Public Finance: Internal and External Controls (2 May to 10 Jun) 

  • Governance of Extractive Industries (23 May to 24 Jun) 

  • International Players in Public Finance and Debt Management (29 Aug to 30 Sep) 

Ethics, Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering 

  • Fundamentals of Anti-Money Laundering: Intl Standards and Compliance Issues (29 Feb to 1 Apr) 

  • Combating Corruption in Public Procurement (11 Apr to 13 May)

  • Combating Corruption in Public Financial Management (11 Apr to 13 May)

  • Combating Corruption in Extractive Industries (25 Apr to 27 May) 

  • Ethics in Public Finance (11 Jul to 12 Aug) 

Debt Management and Poverty Reduction 

  • Legal Aspects of Public Debt Management (21 Mar to 29 Apr) 

  • Basic Course on Public Debt Management (11 Apr to 20 May) 

  • Understanding International Contracts and Loan Agreements (18 Apr to 27 May) 

  • Effective Public Debt Management (25 Apr to 27 May) 

  • Debt Rescheduling with the Paris Club (5 Sep to 21 Oct) 

Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolutions 

  • Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolutions (Foundation Course) (7 Mar to 22 Apr) 

  • Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolutions (Introductory Course) (18 Apr to 4 Jun) 

Trade, Sustainable Development, Global Public Goods and Intellectual Property 

  • Introduction to International Intellectual Property Law (7 Mar to 8 Apr) 

  • Introduction to Privacy and Data Protection Law (21 Mar to 22 Apr) 

  • UNESCAP/UNITAR: Trade Finance Infrastructure Development (4 Apr to 13 May) 

  • Multilateral Trade Negotiations: Tips and Techniques (4 Apr to 13 May) 

  • Sustainable Development: Idea, Process and Goal (18 Apr to 20 May) 

  • Global Public Goods: Concepts, Measurements, Policies and Financing (23 May to 24 Jun)

  • Enhancing Good Governance in International Development (30 May to 1 July)


The Programme also works closely with dozens of national, regional and international partners to provide greater outreach and cost-effectiveness. Around 25% of our yearly activities are delivered with partners by bringing together respective expertise such as sharing of pedagogical and technical expertise, joint content development, and delivering jointly certified courses for specific target audience.

For more information about our online courses or partnership opportunities, please send us an email at pft-elearning@unitar.org or call UNITAR’s Public Finance and Trade Programme Geneva office number +41.22.9178454. You may also wish to visit the Programme website at www.unitar.org/pft.