Masters degree in development economics, income-based, first courses online, no barriers to entry, MIT (USA)

https://micromasters.mit.edu/dedp/

Data, Economics, and Development Policy MicroMasters

The MicroMasters credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy equips learners with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing developing countries and the world’s poor. Through a series of five online courses and in-person exams learners will gain a strong foundation in microeconomics, development economics, probability and statistics, and engage with cutting-edge research in the field. The program is unique in its focus on the practicalities of running randomized evaluations to assess the effectiveness of social programs and its emphasis on hands-on skills in data analysis.

The program is co-designed and run by MIT’s Department of Economics and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a global leader in conducting randomized evaluations to test and improve the effectiveness of programs aimed at reducing poverty. It is intended for learners who are interested in building a full set of tools and skills required for data analysis in the social sciences, understanding the problems facing world’s poor, and learning how to design and evaluate social policies that strive to solve them.

Learners who successfully complete the five MicroMasters courses and their corresponding in-person exams will be eligible to apply to MIT’s new blended Master program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy. If accepted, students will earn MIT credit for the MicroMasters courses, and will be able to pursue an accelerated on-campus Master’s degree at MIT.

How the DEDP MicroMasters works

dedp-hiw1.png     Take five online courses on edX.

dedp-hiw2.png     Pass a proctored exam for each course at testing facilities around the world.

dedp-hiw3.png     Earn a MicroMasters credential from MITx!

dedp-hiw4.png     On completion, you may apply to the Master’s program at MIT!

Pricing

The cost of courses in this program varies depending on your ability to pay. You can start by auditing classes for free and upgrade at a later point. Learn more about course pricing.

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Who should enroll?

  • Policymakers and practitioners from governments, NGOs, international aid agencies, foundations, and other entities in the development sector
  • Academics and evaluators looking to re-tool and apply data-driven perspectives to social and development programs
  • Students interested in pursuing admissions to graduate programs in development economics, public policy, political science, or related fields
  • Social entrepreneurs, managers and researchers in the development sector

What you will learn

  • To identify and analyze the root causes of underdevelopment using principles of economics
  • To interpret the findings of empirical research that evaluates the effectiveness of anti-poverty strategies, policies, and interventions
  • Practical knowledge on how to design and implement rigorous randomized evaluations and other econometric methods of evaluating policies and programs
  • Tools of comparative cost-effectiveness analysis for informed policy-making
  • Fundamentals of microeconomics, development economics, probability, and statistics
  • Hands-on skills in data analysis using the R programming language
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Free help from social scientists, research4impact

research4impact conversations with thought partners

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This service is entirely free, and is provided courtesy of research4impact!

Online event: The Power of US: How is organizing changing lives of millions of people in the US & Japan (LCN) (free)

Dear Leading Change Network friends,

The world around us seems to be changing every day, and it looks that democracy is falling apart around the world. However, people like us are asking their selves “What can I do?” and rolling up the sleeves to actually do it.

  • Recently, two amazing campaigns won victory in Japan and the US
    Sexual assault survivors organized and won the change of the legal definition of rape in Japan!
  • Residents of Maine, US organized and made Maine become the first state in the US to pass Medicaid expansion at ballot!

On December 9th, 2017 at 9 am EST, LCN will host an online real-time event with representatives of these campaigns.

At the event, you will be:

  • Meeting leaders and organizers from the 2 featured campaigns, and other leaders from all over the world
  • Learning about what have those campaigns done to succeed and what have they learned from it
  • Discussing your work and challenges with other people from all over the world

Join us to continue building the community of people who are changing the world.
Event participation will be capped. Please register here to reserve your seat!
Please share this event with people who you think would be interested in joining the session and LCN.

Mtaa Docs: Workshop for aspiring filmmakers in Nairobi, Docubox

MTAA DOCS

MTAA DOCS is a project initiated by Slum Film Festival and Docubox. MTAA DOCS has a priority on telling stories from the slums, other marginalized communities and stories of hope in disadvantage.

It is a documentary workshop aimed at equipping filmmakers with crucial skills and know-how in the field of documentary making. It will seek to explore contemporary approaches to the art of documentary film, offer a strong understanding of the best practices and business of production, and help develop the foundation of your independent project.

This workshop seeks to support filmmakers with an opportunity to be mentored by the best players in this field. During the film lab, the best submissions will be curated into full-fledged documentary films and owners will have an opportunity to meet with potential content buyers. This is a rare and golden opportunity to all filmmakers interested in documentary making as it serves as a take-off ground in the industry.
MTAA DOCS is designed for and open to documentary directors, scriptwriters, editors, cinematographers, sound recordists and all key crew members in documentary films. Filmmakers applying for MTAA DOCS should be young, aspiring and have some previous experience in documentary making. Experienced filmmakers with a special interest in this field, and are able to pay a subsidized rate, are free to apply.

 

Trainings: StoryLab Academy

Concerned you’re becoming obsolete?

The StoryLab Academy is providing an opportunity for you to improve your digital storytelling with a combination of free online webinars and face-to-face training in News-gathering, Storytelling, Audience Engagement & Sustainability and specialized courses in Data Journalism, Investigative reporting, Geo-Journalism, Verification & Digital Security.

The courses are underwritten by Google News Lab and the World Bank, and are presented by industry experts from Code For Africa’s StoryLab. Modules range from 10min crash-courses that teach quick skills, to 30min deep dives into more complex techniques. Customise your course, and work at your own pace.

Apply today to future-proof yourself: http://bit.ly/StoryLabAcademy2017

Event: Kenya Art Fair, via Kuona Trust

Kenya Art Fair 2017 | 17th – 19th November 2017 | Sarit Centre Expo Hall 

With less than 3 months to go, preparations for this year’s Kenya Art Fair are underway. The submission call already out to artists has seen a trickling in of phenomenal artwork set to grace the stage this year.

The Kenya Art Fair is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated Visual art events in East Africa. Now in its fourth year, the fair continues to build on its previous success to present a dynamic selection of galleries, artist collectives, established artists and art organizations from within the region. Alongside the curated stands will be, the Art Talks.  

To find out how you can take part, please get in touch with us via email kenyaartfair@gmail.com or call 0721262326 or 0733742752

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Support for entrepreneurs: The Somo Project

Check out their website for full details: http://www.thesomoproject.org/

The Somo Project’s mission is to identify, train, fund and mentor entrepreneurs looking to drive social change by building enterprises in their own low-income urban communities.

The Somo Project invests in people. We believe that talented local teams are best equipped to build sustainable enterprises in their own low-income communities and that these are the people who can best address the problems their communities face.

Access to stable, long-term capital is greatly inadequate and we are committed to changing this by providing long-term partnership, encouraging leaders to dream big and build scalable enterprises that otherwise would not be given a chance.

The Somo Project invests in social entrepreneurs and provides the training and tools to help them build enterprises that change their communities from within. By investing in the right people, we help break the cycle of poverty and can help bring long-term stability to urban slum areas.