Online training courses to further your global development career

Here is an overview of the top institutions and platforms offering online courses for global development pros. Photo by: ebayink / CC BY-NC-ND

Online courses can be a viable and affordable option for development professionals looking to freshen up their skills. With most courses accessible anytime and anywhere, learners can strengthen and update their knowledge in specialized areas whether they are at home, at work or in the field.

While many jobs in development still require a master’s degree, an online qualification from an accredited institution or program can add weight to your CV and boost your reputation as an expert on a particular topic.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.