IHS:First IHS Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Planning for Climate Change in African Cities

IHS:First IHS Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Planning for Climate Change in African Cities

IHS, the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam is excited to announce the release of our first Massive Online Open Course (MOOC): Planning for Climate Change in African Cities. This 5-week MOOC has been developed by IHS in collaboration with the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG) and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

This course is a part of series of massive open online courses (MOOCs) on urban development which will soon be available on Coursera.org, namely:

Climate change impacts the way people are used to living their everyday lives and this is no different for Africa, as it can hinder prosperity on the long run. Various aspects of life can be affected, such as public health, food security and water availability among others. Intensive droughts and sea levels rising can severely disrupt the way life is conducted on an everyday basis. Unfortunately, with there being limited resources within Africa, progression on what can be done has not moved at a pace as it could have within other more developed countries.

Starting on 25th September, this MOOC will provide a foundation for understanding African cities’ exposure and sensitivity to climate change and how cities can best manage these impacts in the face of growing uncertainty. The course encourages participants to apply their knowledge and practice their decision-making skills in simulated exercises, which will broaden the discussion on planning for climate change.

With our MOOC, Planning for Climate Change in African Cities will provide different approaches to combating the issues within African Cities allowing a discussion and a form of engagement with different professionals. Participants will gain a lot of knowledge and an understanding among many other skills recognizing the drivers and vulnerability of climate change.

Who is this class for? 

The course is open to students and professionals in the fields of urban planning, environmental science, climate change, and other related fields. 

Planning for Climate Change in African Cities features lecturers from esteemed universities from all over the world including Makerere University, University of Leeds, Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Twente and Ardhi University as well as experts from UN-Habitat and the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED).

This course will be available for free on the online learning platform Coursera. A certificate can be acquired once the course has been completed for a small fee.


Article by: Daniella Subuola & Josh Ogugua
Photo Credits: UN-Habitat.