The Eastern and West Africa Alliances on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance collaborated to offer a new online course focused on carbon taxes for policy makers in their respective member countries. It took place between the weeks of April 5 to April 23, 2021 with two 2hour sessions per week.
The course provided participants with the opportunity to learn about the basic principles of carbon tax choice, design, and deployment with an emphasis on applications in the Africa context. It provided interactive online lectures, insights from Africa’s leading practitioners in the field, and supervised exercises focused on the participants’ home countries. Participants who satisfactorily complete all of the course requirements were awarded a certificate.
The course was organized around six modules:
It is hosted by St. George’s University on their SGUx platform. The course development was financially supported by the Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CiACA) initiative, managed by the UNFCCC, and Banque Ouest Africaine de Developpement (BOAD), with technical support from RCC Kampala, RCC Lome and the World Bank.
The lead trainer was Kenneth Richards, a professor of economics, law and sustainability at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University. He was supported by Emily Giovanni, a Senior Consultant for Gnarly Tree Sustainability Institute. Their team has worked extensively in carbon pricing and environmental taxes for the World Bank and collaborated with governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to analyze and design carbon taxes and related instruments.
The course is now publicly available here