2 June 2023
Africa’s Populations by 2050online course
This online summer school is designed for graduate and doctoral students as well as professionals involved and interested in the unique challenges and opportunities facing populations in Africa in the coming decades. By 2050, it is estimated that 2.4 billion people will be living on the African continent, 50% of which will be aged 25 years or less. Challenges include: rapid urbanisation within a context of limited economic growth, increasing vulnerability to climate change, uncontrolled road traffic and the expansion of polluting industries. Youth in Africa also carries huge potential for innovation and entrepreneurship, increased political stability, and environmental sustainability.
The course is designed for graduate and doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, as well as professionals working within public or private organisations, who wish to increase their knowledge and improve their methodological and interdisciplinary skills in terms of research and action for sustainable African cities.
Lectures are conducted in English. Discussions and group work will be in both French and English. Candidates should have at least a B2 level or equivalent in both languages.
Candidates must provide a CV and cover letter.
Course content will provide participants with a critical and complementary analysis of the evolution of population in Africa over the past 20 years, as well as the challenges and opportunities for the next 30 years in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.
Throughout the course, participants learn in a variety of ways thanks to:
- Lectures and discussions with experts on major development and sustainability issues for African cities over the next thirty years;
- Multi- and interdisciplinary discussions and debates on diverse policy and development sectors (health, food security, urban gouvernance, technology, climate and environment, etc.) and on interventions towards reaching the SDGs in these fields;
- Collaboration within a multidisciplinary group on an interdisciplinary project (health, demographics, economics, political approaches) that addresses a key topic for sustainable African cities.
Participants will have access to the most recent data and knowledge, as well as fresh insights into public policy processes, development challenges, and interdisciplinary interventions aiming to reach the SDGs in African contexts. They will also have the opportunity to interact and connect with the experts, researchers and professors present.
EUR 150: 150€ per participant, including the cost of courses, access to the virtual platform and on-demand viewing after the programme.