Professional Certificate in Technology and Development


Sustainable Development Goal 17.8 emphasises the importance of technology for sustainable and equitable development, urging nations to ‘enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology’ for least developed countries by 2017.

Course Overview

This course will provide those working in development planning with a clear understanding of the way technological innovation acts as an enabler of sustainable economic growth.

Interactive learning will support participants’ understanding of the key themes around technology for development, such as regulatory frameworks and new trends to incentivise the use of technology within and by governments, as well as the private sector. By examining technological innovations, best practice models and the role of international agreements, participants will leave equipped to implement large-scale change in their organisations, supported by strategic thinking, precise monitoring and evaluation, and stakeholder engagement.

A comprehensive analysis of the principles and dynamics of technology and development will be provided, with subjects to be discussed including:

  • Information and communication as drivers of development
  • World technology uptake: the state of play
  • Overview of technical aspects of ICT
  • Responsible innovation for technology and development
  • Mobile phones, social media and rural empowerment
  • Making strategic choices for technology and development

Experts in the field will lead this training through interactive workshops, lectures and best practice case studies, fostering innovation, creative learning and networking amongst peers.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:

  • Lead effective organisational change
  • Apply the key principles of technology and development to their organisation
  • Improve technology uptake and responsible innovation whilst reducing social inequality
  • Monitor, evaluate and enhance performance
  • Deliver services that more equitably meet stakeholder needs


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