The Vi offered students of the Master's programme in International Trade Policy of core Vi member, the University of the West Indies (UWI), a training programme on trade and development topics May 17-27. The 12th organized by the Vi for UWI, the study tour brought eight students to Geneva for sessions delivered by experts from UNCTAD and other Vi partner organizations.
The first week’s programme focused on UNCTAD’s core work on trade policy issues. Experts led discussions on foreign direct investment (FDI); competition policy; technology and innovation; transfer of technology, trade facilitation; climate change and the 2030 Development Agenda.
The Virtual Institute sponsored a two-week lecture series delivered by Willy-Marcel Ndayitwayeko, of Vi core member, Université du Burundi, for Master’s students at affiliate member, Kenya’s Moi University, May 9-21. Part of the Vi’s South-South teaching capacity-building services, the activity was funded by the Government of Finland.
During his stay, Ndayitwayeko, member coordinator and former Vi fellow, taught courses on trade competition and competitiveness and on research in international economics for students of Moi’s Master’s in Economics.
A dozen Master’s students and lecturers from Vi core member, Belarus State Economic University, joined UNCTAD’s Igor Paunovic May 12 for a presentation of the 2015 Trade and Development Report (TDR). The session focused on the global economic situation and on ways to reform the international financial architecture.
UNCTAD’s report warns that the policy mix in the developed countries, which combines monetary expansion with fiscal and wages restraint, has been ineffective, and generated negative spillovers for the rest of the world.
The Virtual Institute, with funding from the Government of Finland, granted a six-week fellowship to Serigne Bassirou Lo, lecturer/researcher at Vi core Senegalese university member, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, April 4 - May 13.
With guidance from his mentor, Piergiuseppe Fortunato, of UNCTAD’s Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, Lo conducted research on the manufacturing sector in Senegal, and on the participation of domestic firms in international trade.
“The discussions with the experts and the analysis of recent literature strengthened my knowledge of the matter,” Lo said.
The Vi, with funding from the Government of Finland, granted Dinesh Bhuju, lecturer at Vi core Nepalese member, Mid-western University (MU), a course development fellowship at UNCTAD April 4-29.
Mentored by Rolf Traeger, Chief of UNCTAD's LDC Section, Bhuju designed a course on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Nepalese universities, as well as teaching resources for dissemination as short courses, NGO training-of-trainers workshops and a newspaper article.
I feel that the Virtual Institute represents a model for capacity building which is unparalleled. It is not only a mechanism, it’s not only a channel, but it is a forum where people get together and learn.
Fredrik Arthur, Gender Equality Ambassador
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway