Readily available MOOCs

Here at ZAMADZI we have created a comprehensive list of Massive Open Online Courses available on the internet on various platforms. These courses are offered by some of the best Universities in the World, and below we arranged them per topic and tried to include as many as possible but if you think that we are missing some please contact us.

Water and sanitation

Name of the courseUniversities Learning goalsCourseraYouTubeedX
Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and TechnologiesEAWAG, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne- Get familiar with urban sanitation assessment and planning tools and approaches;
- Know the existing options of sanitation systems and technologies and be able to design a technical project and analyse proposals;
- Understand which systems and technologies are most appropriate in different urban and peri-urban contexts
Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe StorageEAWAG, École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneIn this course you will learn about the most important water treatment methods at household level, successful implementation strategies and about assessing the impact of HWTS.YESYESNO
Introduction to Faecal Sludge ManagementÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneThis course starts with an overview of what faecal sludge is and an introduces you to the engineering fundamentals and required information for the design and selection of technologies. Sanitation solutions are prone to failure if an integrated planning approach that includes stakeholder involvement and the development of appropriate institutional, management and financial arrangements is not implemented. The course therefore dedicates a complete week to presenting the full picture, in addition to technology, that needs to be considered for sustainable solutions. It concludes with a focus on current research and innovations in technologies, to provide an understanding of the most up-to-date options.YESYESNO
Drinking Water TreatmentTU DelftLearn about urban water services, focusing on conventional technologies for drinking water treatment.NONOYES
Urban Sewage TreatmentTU DelftLearn about urban water services, focusing on basic sewage treatment technologies.NONOYES

Climate change

Name of the courseUniversities Learning goalsCourseraYouTubeedX
Introduction to Water and ClimateTU DelftWater is a crucial element in climate and for society. Find out about the latest engineering interventions for water management in rivers, coasts and the urban environment.NONOYES
Planning for Climate Change in African CitiesUnited Cities and Local Governments of Africa, African Local Government Academy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development - Recognize the effects, impacts, and drivers of climate change in cities;
- Understand the drivers of urban risk and vulnerability in the context of climate change;
- Distinguish the typologies, approaches, and tensions of climate change adaptation;
- Explain the different approaches and steps in climate change planning;
- Examine the decision support and assessment tools for climate change;
- Develop a climate change plan based on participants’ city contexts.
Climate Change Mitigation in Developing CountriesUniversity of Cape Town This course challenges you to consider how one might lift societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. We explore the inherent complexity of developing country governments wanting to grow their economies in a climate friendly way. You will be introduced to an approach with which to address this challenge. The approach consists of a facilitated process whereby academic researchers and high-level influential actors within society co-produce knowledge. You will track this process in four Latin American countries - Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and South Africa. You will hear from various professionals about their contexts and the different challenges and opportunities the process includes.YESNONO

Agriculture and irrigation

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Sustainable Agricultural Land ManagementUniversity of FloridaThis course will cover the agricultural and urban water quality issues in Florida, their bases, land and nutrient management strategies, and the science and policy behind the best management practices (BMPs). Students will learn to evaluate BMP research and analyze its role in determining practices and policies that protect water quality.YESNONO

Policy, governance and diplomacy

Name of the courseUniversities Learning goalsCourseraYouTubeedX
Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries Part 1: Understanding Complex ProblemsUniversity of Manchester This course explores what can be done to solve the complex problem that half a billion people worldwide do not have improved water supplies and two billion do not have improved sanitation. YESNONO
Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries Part 2: Developing Effective InterventionsUniversity of Manchester Here we invite you to develop analytical skills and deep understanding about a complex, controversial policy problem – one with no simple, easy answers. About half a billion people on our planet still lack access to improved water supplies and about two billion do not have improved sanitation services, leading to an unknown but very large number of avoidable deaths each year from water-related diseases. Millions of dollars are spent on avoidable health care expenditures, and people – mostly women – spend many billions of hours carrying water from sources outside the home. Reducing these costs is a major global challenge for us all in the 21st century.YESNONO
Financing Infrastructure in African CitiesUnited Cities and Local Governments of Africa, African Local Government Academy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Institute for Housing and Urban Development - Financial decision making environment in urban systems
- Mechanisms for mobilizing local revenues
- Innovative mechanisms for financing infrastructure projects through partnerships, and
- Financial decision making under uncertainties and risks
Water Resources Management and PolicyUniversity of GenevaTo develop an understanding of the problems related to water management. Firstly, this course will define a resource and, more specifically, the resource of water. It will look at how water is used and the activities associated with it as well as any potential conflicts. The course will look at water management in detail through the analysis of the different types of rights and obligations associated with, for example, the development of a multi-sectorial regulation system or a watershed management approach.YESNONO
International Water LawUniversity of Geneva- Describe the issues related to the regulation of transboundary freshwaters;
- Explain how transboundary freshwater regulations have evolved;
- Recall and interpret the key principles governing water resource regulation;
- Understand the role of transboundary freshwater dispute settlement mechanisms in the development of international freshwater law (or to understand the role of international courts and tribunals in the resolution of conflicts)

Data analysis and programming

Name of the courseUniversities Learning goalsCourseraYouTubeedX
Data ScienceJohns Hopkins UniversityThis Specialization covers the concepts and tools you'll need throughout the entire data science pipeline, from asking the right kinds of questions to making inferences and publishing results.YESNONO
Statistics with R - SpecializationDuke UniversityIn this Specialization, you will learn to analyze and visualize data in R and create reproducible data analysis reports, demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the unified nature of statistical inference, perform frequentist and Bayesian statistical inference and modeling to understand natural phenomena and make data-based decisions, communicate statistical results correctly, effectively, and in context without relying on statistical jargon, critique data-based claims and evaluated data-based decisions, and wrangle and visualize data with R packages for data analysis. YESNONO
Simulation and modeling of natural processesUniversity of GenevaThis course gives you an introduction to modeling methods and simulation tools for a wide range of natural phenomena. The different methodologies that will be presented here can be applied to very wide range of topics such as fluid motion, stellar dynamics, population evolution. This course does not intend to go deeply into any numerical method or process and does not provide any recipe for the resolution of a particular problem. It is rather a basic guideline towards different methodologies that can be applied to solve any kind of problem and help you pick the one best suited for you.YESNONO

Nexus water, food, energy

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Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems: the Nexus between Water, Energy and FoodUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaIn this course you will become familiar with the ideas of the water-energy-food nexus and transdisciplinary thinking. YESNONO