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The Executive Short Course Programme offers senior public leaders and officials, as well as senior national and international actors in the private and non-profit sectors, and members of think tanks, high-level training in various public policy and development areas.

The School offers a range of short courses, all of which are developed in response to demand and tailored to address particular themes and specific audiences. A number of courses are delivered on an annual or biannual basis: these courses include the Evidence-Based Policy-Making and Implementation, Understanding Poverty and Inequality in South Africa, Innovations in Public Employment Programmes, and Public Policy for Private Sector Development courses.

Other courses are developed as ‘once off’ course offerings: these may be linked together thematically with other courses, or function as stand alone courses. The School has developed a series of courses related to the theme of urban development and the intersection between human settlements and public transport (Leadership in Local Government – Building Globally Competitive Cities,  Leadership in Public Transport for Spatial Transformation, Integrating Public Transport: Rethinking the role of the Minibus Taxi Industry), as well as related to the theme of regional economic development (Building Leadership in Regional Economic Development, Collaborative Leadership for Regional Development). These courses can be updated and delivered again, and new courses in these thematic areas can be developed. The School is currently developing a series of courses dealing with the theme of public economics.

While the course offerings range widely in topic, all courses are designed to ensure that participants are exposed to the latest and most recent relevant research and best practice, and are shaped by a strong focus on practical application within participants’ institutional settings.  A focus on strategic public leadership, core policy skills and public sector reform is woven through all courses.


Take a look inside our Urban Safety Governance for African Cities short course, offered in collaboration with the Institute for Safety, Governance and Criminology: