Certificate of Achievement

Dr. Gerard Walsh, Ph.D., FRICS, FCABE, FISVA, CEnv

has completed the following course:

Achieving Sustainable Development

Trinity College Dublin

This online course explored five sustainable development goals; SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), and the interrelationships between them. Within each of these goals, key challenges, impacts, and measurements were investigated.

4 weeks, 4 hours per week

Susan Murphy

Assistant Prof in Development Practice, Geography

Trinity College Dublin


Learning outcomes

  • Identify and analyse some of the root causes of underdevelopment from a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Investigate case studies of sustainable development challenges including conflict resolution in Sri Lanka, HIV healthcare in Uganda, and sanitation in India
  • Reflect on the challenges to achieving sustainable development
  • Discuss why and how violence and conflict hinder sustainable development
  • Explain why sanitation is key to sustainability and ensuring good health
  • Explore the challenges to achieving adequate healthcare for all
  • Measure the impact of development though a Ugandan case study
  • Discuss the challenges to achieving sustainable development through five key areas; peace, healthcare, water and sanitation, gender, and sustainable cities


  • Week 1 - Critically explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework
  • Week 2 - Examine why SDG 3 “Good Health and Wellbeing” is critical for achieving sustainable development.
  • Week 3 - Introducing the challenges to SDG6 “Clean water and sanitation” and SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”.
  • Week 4 - Understand how the impact of sustainable development can be measured.

Issued on 11th April 2020

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Free online course:

Achieving Sustainable Development

Trinity College Dublin