Harnessing the Geospatial Knowledge System to Enable Implementation of Afcfta for Building Forward Better





Announcement in Brief

Type :Self-paced Course
Programme Area :GIS, NSDI, Trade
Beginning of the course :30 August – 15 October 2021
Duration : 6 weeks
Language :Bilingual (English & French)
Location :Web Based E-Learning
Fee :No Fee
Application Deadline : 17th August 2021
Specific target audience :No
Website :https://services.unidep.org/e-idep
Applications :https://www.unidep.org/?apply




 The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and the African Union Agenda 2063 emphasizes the need for global Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development (GI4SD) management.
In the current digitalisation era, geospatial technologies are revolutionizing the economy. From navigating public transport to tracking supply chains and planning efficient delivery routes, the digital services built on GPS and current mapping data have quietly become part of daily life and trade. With the increase of mobile technology and communications, handheld smartphones have democratized mapping, moving geospatial technology into the hands of every individual. Bottom-up, commercial, and consumer-driven information platforms and applications are innovative and have had big impacts on society.
Digital platforms, logistics technologies, and data-processing advances will continue to reduce cross-border transaction costs and enable all types of flows. GIS-based market analysis help in presenting the relationship between the components of the market; that is, the customers, suppliers, and competitors. Strategies such as target marketing, micro-marketing, and relationship marketing all require that firms capture and maintain detailed information about their customers. GIS is a powerful tool in market analyses because it also provides a way to bring together data from multiple sources and link them based on spatial attributes.

As countries focus on building forward better, after the pandemic, the digitalisation of the AfCFTA becomes a strategic recovery plan.

It is in this context that IDEP and the African Statistics Center of the ECA are organizing an online training on "Harnessing the geospatial knowledge system to enable the implementation of the AfCFTA for building forward better".

The objectives of the course are to increase and improve awareness, knowledge and understanding of the IGIF and its role in the establishment of NSDI and Geospatial Information Strategies for the establishment of the AfCFTA.*

It will deal with the availability and accessibility of geospatial information and its integration with statistics and other data in support of national development actions, and the implementation of the sustainable development agenda 2030 and agenda 2063 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


 At the end of this online course, participants should be able to:

  1.  Understand the AfCFTA context with regard to Digital Transformation Strategies in Africa and their location data needs
  2.  Analyze and discuss the Global Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) and to design, plan and implement Geospatial Information strategies
  3.  Understand the IGIF Framework Implementation Guide at the national level
  4.  Discuss the implementation of the action plan of Strategies designed to meet national development needs
  5.  Understand the establishment of National Geospatial Data Infrastructures (NSDI) as an approach towards interoperable and open data platforms.
  6.  Adopt a monitoring and evaluation frameworks taking into account the 2030 and 2063 agendas
  7.  Review case studies on the use of Geospatial Information for the implementation of the AfCFTA