UNITAR / PFT Online Course on

  Course Information
This course provides an overview of public debt management by explaining concepts in a user-friendly language, avoiding mathematics and using simple illustrations and country examples. The objective of the course is to explain in layman's language -- based on UNITAR's considerable past experience and prior trainings -- concepts and techniques of public debt management. Besides overall concepts, this course will provide in-depth understanding of: debt sustainability issues; an appreciation of public debt management in the budgetary context; explain facets of external and domestic public borrowings; and introduce participants to the meaning and implication of contingent liability and risk management. The target audience for this course would include debt managers and students of finance in different parts of the world. Successful completion of the course should equip the participants with conceptual clarity and basic skills leading to improved public debt management practices.

Registration Status: OPEN
Deadline for Enrollment: when slots are full
Course Dates: November 1 to December 17, 2010
Estimated learning time: Minimum of 35 hours
Format: Online/Internet-based (asynchronous)
Language of Instruction: English
Fees: US $ 400/-
Helpline: UNITAR Geneva (Course Administration and Technical Questions)
  Course Goals  
1. To explain key debt concepts, including advanced issues, in simple language using illustrations;

2. To provide an insight into sustainability and management of public debt and equip debt managers for their day-to-day work;

3. To provide understanding of public debt management in the budgetary context;

4. To explain facets of external and domestic public borrowings; and

5. To introduce participants to the meaning and implication of contingent liability and risk management.

Module I: Overview of Public Debt

Module II: Basic Debt Concepts

Module III: Domestic Debt

Module IV: External Debt

Module V: Contingent Liabilities

Module VI: The Budgetary Framework

Module VII: Restructuring Public Debt

Module VIII: Managing Public Debt

Module IX: Monitoring, Organizational and Legal Issues in Public Debt Management

Module X: Advanced Concepts in Public Debt Management 


This course is designed as an online course in which participants will be primarily responsible for their own learning. Each lesson will consist of the following components:

1) Basic Reading Materials (Compulsory Reading Materials): these materials are intended to educate the participants about the basic concepts and principles applicable to the subject-matter of the lesson. It will include, where appropriate, sample materials. These materials will constitute the required reading materials for the lesson

2) Advanced Reading Materials (Optional Reading Materials): this will consist of optional reading materials for participants who wish to learn more about the topic than what is covered in the lesson.

3) External Links: This will refer the interested participants to additional books, articles, documents, and websites that deal with the issues raised in the lesson.

4) Glossary: A glossary of terms tailored to the online course will be provided to the participants and act as a learning support during the entire course.

5) Quizzes: At the end of each lesson there will be a set of quizzes for participants to answer. These quizzes are designed to test the participant's understanding of the lesson. Participants are required to pass each quiz and obtain at least 80% or more passing grade in order to be eligible for a certificate. All quizzes will need to be taken online.

6) Community Discussion Board: There will be a community discussion board available on which participants can post questions or comments that can be seen by the instructor and the other participants. This discussion board will be moderated by the course director and UNITAR. Structured discussion strings will be posted on a weekly basis.

All successful participants will be eligible to a certificate after completion of this online course.


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