A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development



The Virtual Institute admitted 103 participants from 56 countries to the third edition of its online course on trade and gender, scheduled for January 4 to February 21. All participants were granted scholarships funded by the Government of Finland.

The 59 academics and 43 members of government, civil society and international organizations were selected from a pool of 173 applications.

Developed in cooperation with the UNCTAD Trade, Gender and Development Section,  the course seeks to to enhance the knowledge about the links between trade and gender among stakeholders in developing and transition countries. 

The first edition of the course, held January 19 to March 8 2015, graduated 66 participants from 40 countries.

“The course was successful in explaining how to examine the gender profile of an economy by looking at the economy through a gender lens, thus making visible the unpaid household-based work of caring for others that is important for continued functioning of the market-oriented economy and also identifying how gender inequality affects women in the multiple roles they play in the economy,” said first-edition graduate, Paul Macaulay, of the Organization for Gender, Civic Engagement and Youth Development in Cameroon.

Based on Volume 1 of the Vi teaching material on trade and gender, the three-module course includes multimedia lectures, readers, quizzes and exercises, as well as interactive communication through forums, instant messaging and web-based videoconference.