E-learning as a tool to serve public policy

ICT has an enormous potential to enhance good governance and social development through making targeted learning contents available to a wide audience, in particular civil servants in the public sector and civil society actors. Despite technological progress, there is a capacity gap in the public sector in particular in middle- and low-income countries and needs to continuously strengthen human capital with lifelong learning has been identified as critical to support public administrations, citizens and their business partners to meet development objectives.

The e-Governance Programme is developing strategic partnerships with UN entities such as UNDP, the UN Global Compact, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the MDG Gap Taskforce, United Nations University, Centre for Electronic Governance (UNU) and other institutions to deliver various courses through UNITAR’s e-learning platform.

UNITAR’ role in the development of such e-learning courses is to apply the instructional design to course contents that fully takes into consideration the benefits and limitations of technologically enhanced learning materials to help learners achieve their learning objectives, and to deploy quality assurance process to ensure the excellence of resulting e-learning activities.

More information on operational partnerships and course development will be posted shortly.