In partnership with the World Bank’s Open Learning Campus

This four-week course offers practical advice and case studies to help governments understand how they can harness the power of mobile in their efforts to achieve national sustainable development target. Between now and 2030, the mobile industry will bring billions of people and things online, helping to enrich the lives of citizens around the world and deliver on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. The SDGs serve as the world’s to-do list to end poverty, reduce inequalities and tackle climate change.

Course Objectives

  • Gain critical insights into the impact of the mobile industry on sustainable development, including the powerful effect it has on the activities of other industries.
  • Understand the policy frameworks and regulatory levers needed to maximise the impact of mobile on the implementation of national SDGs action plans.

Course Enrolment Criteria

This course is open to:

  • Regulators
  • Policymakers
  • Representatives from academia and international organisations working on regulatory or policy issues

We cannot accept applications from individuals working in the private sector or those not involved in policy or regulation.

Course Completion Certificates

All of our courses are certified by the UK Telecoms Academy (UKTA) and can be used as evidence of professional development.

To qualify for a course completion certificate, you must view all the course sessions and answer correctly all the quiz questions you will find as you progress through the sessions. You will also need to fill out the course survey.

You do not have to complete a final project to earn a course completion certificate but we strongly encourage you to create one. Putting together a final project will give you an opportunity to reflect on the principles covered during the course and help you discover how they could be applied to your own country. If you submit a final project the course trainer will provide you valuable feedback that you may find useful in your day-to-day work.

Course Structure and Study Time

Every week you will gain access to two sessions. You can ask questions about the content of the course during the weekly live chat sessions as well as on the course forum.

There will be a live chat session every week for four weeks, and you should have viewed all the course content by the time the last chat session takes place. However, you will have two extra weeks to complete the course. If after six weeks you have not completed the course, you will have to start it again next time it is offered.

It should not take you more than two to three hours of study time per week to complete the course in four weeks.

If you decide to submit a final project, it will probably take you four to six hours to put it together. You will have seven weeks from the start of the course to submit your final project. You will not be able to submit your final project until you have viewed all the course sessions.

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Duration: 4 weeks
Start date
10 October 2019
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Kalvin Bahia
Principle Economist, GSMA

Kalvin Bahia is principal economist at GSMA Intelligence, the definitive source of mobile operator data, analysis and research. In this role, he is responsible for producing economic and statistical analysis on regulation, competition, spectrum and development topics. Since 2016, he has led the delivery of the GSMA’s Mobile Industry SDG Impact Report and the Mobile Connectivity Index, engaging with a number of international organisations such as the UN and the World Bank. Before joining the GSMA, Kalvin worked as a competition and regulatory economist at the UK telecoms regulator (Ofcom) and before that at the UK competition authority (Competition Commission). He has also previously worked as a development economist in the private sector, with long-term project experience in Vietnam, Fiji and Rwanda.



Aanchal Paliwal
Partner and Delivery Manager, GSMA

Aanchal is the Partner and Delivery Manager for the GSMA’s Capacity Building Programme, responsible for managing regional and global partnerships, and coordinating the delivery of specialised training to regulators and policymakers. She has a background in international development and holds a Master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London.

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