The 1st edition of the e-learning course “Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa” was delivered jointly by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Environment Africa Office, within the framework of the SWITCH Africa Green Project of the European Union and with the support of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP).
The course was developed based on a similar training course created for the regional context of Asia. The materials were updated and adopted to the reality of the African region, including by featuring relevant thematic areas, examples and case studies from Africa, as well as the political and economic development of the region.
Around 180 people expressed interest to participate and about 100 applications for fellowship were submitted. A total of 94 fellowships were awarded (51 fellowships to the English course and 43 fellowships to the French Course). The course attained a 90% certification rate.
The course aimed to assist high and mid-level civil servants in the African region (e.g. 10YFP and SWITCH Africa Green National Focal Points) in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policies supporting a transition towards SCP.
Participants learned about different concepts and facets of SCP, as well as regional, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities to advance low-carbon, resource efficient and socially responsible production and consumption. Additionally, participants developed basic skills for applying the SCP concept in a real world economic, policy and/or personal context.
On participants' satisfaction, 100% of the respondents rated the course as very or mostly useful and 98% stated that the course fulfilled their interest and expectations. In terms of achievement of specific learning objectives, respondents ranked highest their ability to “Define the concept of SCP and explain its value for sustainable development and 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda” (98% responded with “fully or mostly achieved”), followed by “Distinguish key elements of effective policy planning in support of SCP” (96%).