Good Governance, Sustainable Development and Resilience in Africa Online Course | iQ Academy

Good Governance, Sustainability and Resilience in Africa

Online Short Course

Fully online course: Register for the next intake.

Position yourself for success. Study the latest concepts of African governance and sustainable development with this online professional development short course.

Expert Curriculum

Current South African content

Online - study anywhere, anytime

Flexible payment options

Innovative student portal

  • Expert Curriculum

    Developed with industry experts

  • Up to date content

    Developed for South Africa

  • Study online

    Anywhere, anytime

  • Study at your own pace

    No exam sittings

  • Flexible payment options

    Matched to your affordability

  • Innovative student portal

    Stay in touch with your dedicated Tutor

Over 30,000 students have successfully completed a course with iQA.

Are you ready to join us? Send an enquiry and one of our Student Advisors will call you back shortly:
Step 1. Easily complete your Application over the phone.
Step 2. Be advised immediately if you are admitted to study.
Step 3. Start your registration process.

About this course

This online short course empowers public servants with proficiency in their understanding of the principles of good governance and sustainable development. Additionally, they can expect to expand their practical application skills in the areas of policy frameworks, sustainable development, project design, and administration in whatever their sphere of influence in government.

This expert curriculum is designed and endorsed by South Africa’s leading academics in the African Governance and Sustainable Development space. The online access makes learning easy, especially when combined with the help of a dedicated tutor and access to our innovative student portal.

  • Study Method


  • Course Duration

    Self-paced: 6-18 Months

  • Study Time

    150 hours in total

    3 hours/week

    (complete in 12 mnths)

Study Method



Course Duration

Min 6 months
Max 18 months

Study Time

150 hours in total

3 hours per week

(12 months)

Price and Payment Options

Course Fee

The fees are all inclusive – there are no hidden costs.

Monthly Payment Options

  • R540 pm x 18 months
  • R810 pm x 12 months
  • Debit order
  • A deposit may be required subject to affordability

Full Payment

  • R9,720 (including registration and module fees)
  • Direct Deposit, EFT, Ozow (iPay), Credit or Debit Card (PayGate), Karri

*Please note that for Standard Bank customers we are an authorised beneficiary

Admission requirements

  • Minimum Grade 12, 18 years +
  • Proficient in English
  • Access to a reliable internet connection – no textbooks – the course is fully online
  • Email account
  • Smartphone or PC – you can do the course entirely on your smartphone!

What you need to enrol:

South African citizens:

  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Certified copy of highest school qualification

Non South Africa citizens:

  • Certified copy of passport
  • Certified copy of study permit
  • Certified copy of SAQA evaluation

Modules in this course

  • Context and Principles of Good Governance
  • Global Sustainable Development Agenda
  • Towards Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Designing and Managing Sustainable Development Projects in Africa

Next Intake Dates

Apr 2020 May 2020 Jul 2020 Sep 2020 Nov 2020
Start Date 20 Apr 20 May 20 Jul 21 Sep 23 Nov
Payment Date 31 Mar 05 May 06 Jul 07 Sep 05  Nov

Ready to take the next step?

Take a free virtual tour of this short course or send an Enquiry and a Student Advisor will call you back!

Who this short course is for

This course is for those in the public sector and the NGO world, tasked with projects concerning sustainable development, policy formulation and execution, and establishing and implementing the principles of good government.

  • Public servants responsible for the formulation and execution of policy
  • Those in any sphere or department or ministry of government who are responsible for development projects
  • People working in NGOs, development agencies, and parastatals and are involved in executing public policy
  • Those wanting to gain an in-depth understanding of what good governance and resilience entails and how sustainable development is influencing Africa’s growth
  • People aiming to drive and lead sustainable change on the African continent
  • People seeking niche skills in public governance
  • City planners wanting to be up to date with latest trends in SMART Cities
  • AU, UN, SADEC and UNESCO representatives working in Africa

This course equips you with:

  • Identify the principles of and perspectives to good governance
  • Assess the nature of policy and strategic frameworks for good governance
  • Determine the significance of whole-of-government planning for sustainable development
  • Evaluate the nature of contemporary development thought and outline the pillars of sustainability
  • Analyse the content of the 17 post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Assess the status of sustainable development governance in Africa
  • Establish the link between good urban governance and city resilience
  • Explain the nature of projects in sustainable governance

Do you need more information?

Take a free virtual tour of this short course or download the Course Brochure

Exciting career opportunities

  • Director and Deputy Director in government departments
  • Junior, Mid and Senior Manager in governmental departments
  • Policy Director or Manager
  • City Manager
  • Urban Planner
  • Waste Planner
  • Project Manager
  • Community Development Officer
  • Socio-Economic Strategy Developer
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Public Sector Consultant

Learn online, at your own pace!

The Good Governance, Sustainability and Resilience in Africa Short Course is fully online and has been designed flexibly so you can study at your own pace:

  • Course material provided in digital and e-book format
  • Learn anywhere, anytime with a mobile first design
  • 3h per week to complete in 12 months, if you have more spare time you can complete the course sooner
  • Access to a dedicated tutor, student community forums and innovative student portal
  • Plus get FREE access to our exclusive Do Life modules that help you build everyday life skills

DO Life, just a little bit better!

DO Life is a FREE, value-add series of micro courses available to all iQ Students! Boost your everyday life skills using your phone, anywhere, any time.

Exciting topics include money matters, entrepreneurship, careers and many more! Check them out on your iCan student portal.

  • DO on the Go
  • DO Mobile
  • DO Flexi
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a short course?

A Short Course is a short learning programme that focuses on equipping you with a specific skillset. However, it is non-credit-bearing, which means it does not carry credits towards a registered qualification in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

I’m new to online learning, where do I start?

Log on to the iCan student portal and find the orientation module in your course. The module gives you all the information you need to help you navigate and become familiar with the workings of your online course.

Do I need to be online all the time to study?

No, each module has an eBook containing all the course material. You can download the eBook to your device and work through the material while you’re offline.

How do I get academic support?

A dedicated tutor is available online to provide support and assistance. They can answer your questions via iCan messages or the discussion forums. Your tutor can also be contacted by email or telephone.

How do I submit assignments?

For this course, you will submit your assignments online. Find instructions on how submissions work on your online learning orientation module, which is on the iCan student portal. You will be able to do your assignment online and get your results instantly.

What do I get, after I complete this course?

Once you complete your course, you will get a short course certificate. To qualify for this certification, you must:

  • Pass all your assignments
  • Pay up your student account
  • Email clear copy of your ID document to  or fax to 086 758  4800

If I am not in government or working in development, am I still able to do this course?

Although the course is recommended for those who are already in government or have a career in the NGO sector, this does not mean people from other fields or those starting out are excluded. If you qualify for the entry requirements of the course: i.e. you have a grade 12 and are at least 18 years old with the ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction, then you can register for the course.

Fully online course: Register for the next course intake.