Sunday, June 10, 2018

IFSD Pre-PhD course for PhD by prior publication: Different areas covered, including Climate, Sustainable Development and Social Development

Dear all,

Some friends in our network have started an initiative - pre-PhD course for PhD by prior publication, aiming to help well-experienced professional who are willing to start a PhD at reputed institutes in the UK and Australia but do not have much idea about where to start from. I believe many people in this group benefit from this service. For details, please see . Please free free to share this news in your network.


Key features of the course are: 

- the course enables mid- and early career professionals to get ready for PhD by prior publication

- IFSD course runs anywhere between 6 months to 18 months, depending on the amount of publication to be done
- After the IFSD course, students will be enrolled at a university in Australia or the UK

- the fees for IFSD range from USD 3000-7000, and the University fee ranges from USD 5000-25,000 depending the rank and type of the university. Altogether, it about 25% of the cost of conventional PhD. 

- total time duration of PhD Enrolment at the university will be between 6 months to 18 moths, with majority completing in 12 months

- IFSD course is totally online or through distance learning. Students can do most of the university part online and from distance, but they need to appear at the university for the final exam. 

This course is suitable for people in the academia, research institutions, NGOs, and the government agencies. Anyone who has done good research, has data but not yet published can benefit from the course. 

For well published and smart professionals, it could be as fast as 6 months of university enrollment to get a PhD!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Felix Dodds: Details of a How to Lobby Workshop, some blogs on key UN issues and Wonder Woman - UN Ambassador?

Some blogs on a Lobbying Workshop in September Re-positioning the UN Development System, HLPF, UN Ambassador Wonder Woman, The Role of Universities,Rogue CNN and Network Markets


This month there are a number of blogs that might interest you.

The first is a workshop on September the 23rd to help new people to learn the skills on How to Lobby at the UN.  Register now if you are interested. 
The second is a a blog looking at the regional aspects of the Secretary Generals new report on Re-positioning the  UN Development system

The third is - Is this the end of UN Habitat? This is republished from IPS News

The fourth is a guest blog on the High Level Political Forum from Naiara Costa of the Together 2030 International Secretariat:

The fifth is on should the UN reconsider making Wonder Woman a UN Ambassador again

The sixth is another guest blog on the Role of Universities in the Global Commons and Sustainable Development by Jane Fulton

The seventh another guest blog on Network Markets by Joel KO Hyun Sikand

The eighth is Financing the SDGs: UNEP Finance Initiative and Finance for Tomorrow to work together on the Positive Impact Initiative and the final is Rogue CNN 10: Communication Strategies. This is a continuing blog on what would happen if a reality show host won the White House.

If you haven't yet bought a copy of the story of the SDGs: Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals: A transformational agenda for an insecure world by Felix Dodds, Ambassador David Donoghue and Jimena Leiva Roesch get it from any good online bookshop.

Finally if you are an academic and interested in the Nexus- Water-Food-Energy-Climate and its application to urban, health and migration then put in an abstract here for the 2018 Nexus Conference April 16-18 in Chapel Hill and your chance to input to the Ministerial Declaration for the 2018 HLPF.

NEW edition of the UNITAR course “Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World” has launched today!

16 August 2017 – NEW edition of the UNITAR course "Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World" has launched today!


This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was first released in April 2016 to help interested persons improve their knowledge about the 2030 Agenda and related Global Goals. The new edition provides the most up-to-date information available, especially regarding the follow-up and review framework for the 2030 Agenda.      


The "Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World" course was developed to address potential knowledge gaps related to the understanding of changes required from both, policy-makers and ordinary citizens, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It attempts to answer a series of different questions: Are the SDGs significantly different from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)? What does a new focus on "leaving no one behind" mean for our policies? What kind of inequalities exist and why is it important to address them? What is policy integration? And how does sustainable consumption and production fit with economic growth and poverty eradication? These are just some of them.


This course is designed drawing primarily on the key UN Member States' Outcome Documents such as "Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development" and "Addis Ababa Action Agenda". It has also benefited from the substantive expertise of the UN sister agencies. In particular, UNITAR has extensively drawn on the issue briefs developed by the UN Technical Support Team during the negotiations of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the Institute has also drawn on the preceding learning products it developed on the 2030 Agenda with contributions from the UN family.


We invite you to benefit from this introductory course free of charge!



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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Online Mentored KM Practitioner Certification Course - 12th Class Starts On 4 September 2017

CCLFI is opening registration for the 12th class of its online mentored Knowledge Management Practitioner Certification Course. The class will begin on September 4, 2017. The advantages of this course:

  • High recommendations and evaluations from KM professionals from all over the world, mandated introduction course on KM by a few development organizations- Read their reactions here-; 
  • Relevance to students work as the lessons can be applied to real work situations and structures;
  • Highly interactive with other students and reflections on what works, why and how (or not) based on actual cases
  • KM viewed from different ankles including innovation, learning, quality management, productivity
  • Two experienced mentors with two decades  each of knowledge management experience will guide the learning process- read their profile-;
  • It does not disrupt participants work or travel schedules as it does not require you to be online at specific dates and times -optional scheduled webinars-to reflect on lessons
  • Participants practice cases and assignment in their workplace, thereby enhancing work performance and generating benefits for their work in and for organizations 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

200 years of Britain-Nepal bilateral relations

200 years of Britain-Nepal bilateral relations:

NEPAL, the oldest country in South Asia celebrates 200 years of special relationship with Britain. Interestingly, Nepal-Britain linkup (1816 AD) is at least 90 years older than any other countries in South Asia today.

Below is the list of other countries in South Asia and the date they were organised as a country (as we see today):

  1. Bhutan - 1907, governed in present form. History dates back to 17th century
  2. Afghanistan - 1919, recognised year (formed around 1709)
  3. India - 1947, formed after dissolution of East India Company
  4. Pakistan - 1947, formed after dissolution of East India Company
  5. Sri lanka - 1948, Independence from Britain
  6. Maldives, 1965, Independence from Britain
  7. Bangladesh - 1971, constituted as a new country (separated from Pakistan)