Economic Report on Africa 2012: Unleashing Africa’s Potential as a Pole of Global Growth (2012c)




19 Nov - 21 Dec 2012

Duration of event:

5 weeks



Programme area:

Governance, Public Finance and Trade


No fee

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Deadline for registration: 16 November 2012


The first decade of the twenty-first century has been characterized as the “decade of Africa’s economic and political renewal”. The continent achieved remarkable progress in economic growth while at the same time expanding the scope for democratic governance in a large number of countries. Growth in Africa averaged more than 5 per cent a year, and the pattern of growth has been generally consistent. A handful of African countries have registered annual growth rates of 7–11 per cent. More important, the continent demonstrated its resilience through its quick and robust recovery from the shocks of the global economic and financial crisis.

In order to provide interested stakeholders from government, business, civil society and academia with a critical analysis of the continent’s growth trajectory, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) and the United Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are offering this e-Learning course. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the recent main developments in the world economy and how these affect the African continent;
  • Define the main economic and social developments in Africa and growth prospects for 2012;
  • Describe the main factors required for Africa to become a global growth pole;  
  • Estimate the key attributes Africa has to implement to unleash  its development capacity; and
  • Discuss how African countries can meet their major development challenges through mobilizing resources for structural transformation.

Content and Structure

The course consists of the following modules:

  • Module 1: Developments in the World Economy and Implications for Africa
  • Module 2: Economic and Social Developments in Africa and Prospects for 2012
  • Module 3: Africa as a Pole of Global Growth
  • Module 4: Unleashing Africa’s Development Capacity
  • Module 5: Mobilizing Resources for Structural Transformation


This self-paced course will be delivered from 15 October to 16 November, 2012. Participants may complete it any time within this five-week period. All course modules can be accessed at any time. However, it is advisable to follow the course in chronological order to gain a better understanding. Each module has interactive lessons that provide the core content around the topic for that module. The lessons are designed in a way that learners are also able to self-assess their understanding through built-in quizzes. Additional resources such as bibliographies, web links and optional readings are provided for participants who wish to deepen their knowledge of the course topic.

Targeted Audience

The course targets groups and individuals that are interested in obtaining a general understanding about the regional trade integration concept and latest developments. They include:

  • Civil servants in national Ministries, provincial departments and local authorities
  • Diplomats from Permanent Missions and Ministries of Foreign Affairs
  • Officials from Regional Economic Communities (RECs)
  • Professionals in private sector and civil society organizations
  • Faculty, researchers and students
  • Interested citizens

Additional Information

Acceptance to the Course

Until the registration deadline, participants are accepted to the course on a rolling basis and subject to availability of slots.

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion will be issued by UNITAR and UN ECA to all participants who complete the course-related assessments successfully.

Technical Requirements

Access to internet is an essential condition for participation. UNITAR recommends the following as a minimum in hardware and software to take our e-Learning courses. Please consult your Network Administrator or Systems person to ensure that you have the following:

  • Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X; Linux
  • Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space
  • Software:
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Adobe Flash Player
    • Microsoft Office (Windows or Mac) or Open Office
    • Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or higher or Firefox 3.6 or higher
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  • Note that JavaScript, Cookies and Pop-ups must be enabled