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Diploma In Community Development

About the Course:
This is where particular community members come together and have collective action, generating solutions to solve their problems. This covers environmental, social, cultural and economic activities of a particular community.

The aim of the course:
To enable the learner gain an understanding of the skills necessary to work effectively in community development work.
Course content:

Module 1:

  • Basic Concepts in Community Development

  • Principles of Community Development

  • Developing: A Process

  • Community Organizational Structure

  • Leadership Patterns

  • Strategies for Community Capacity Building, Mobilization and Empowerment

  • Promoting Participation among Diverse Groups

  • Cross Cutting Issues in Community Development

  • Methods of Conducting Potential Participants

  • Involving Key Influential in the Group

  • Involving People Most Affected By the Problem

  • Identifying and Analyzing Stakeholders and Their Interests

Module 2:

  • Building Capacity for Community and System Change

  • Evaluating Comprehensive Community Initiatives

  • Evaluating Comprehensive Community Initiatives

  • A Framework for Collaboration among Community Partnerships, Support Organizations, and Funders

  • Lessons Learned On Community Organization and Change

  • Framework for Addressing Community Goals and Problems

  • Using Internet-Based Tools to Promote Community Health and Development

  • Participatory Evaluation

  • Understanding Culture and Diversity

Module 3:

  • Developing a Plan for Assessing Local Needs and Resources

  • Understanding and Describing the Community

  • Conducting Public Forums and Listening Sessions

  • Collecting Information about the Problem

  • Analyzing the Community Problem

  • Conducting Focus Groups

  • Conducting Needs Assessment Surveys

  • Identifying Community Assets and Resources

  • Developing Baseline Measures of Behaviors

  • SWOT Analysis

  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Tools for Community Mapping

  • Implementing Photovoice in Your Community

  • Developing and Using Criteria and Processes to Set Priorities

Module 4:

  • Principles of Advocacy

  • Survival Skills for Advocates

  • Understanding the Issue

  • Recognizing Allies

  • Encouraging Involvement for Potential Opponents and Allies

  • Developing a Plan for Advocacy

  • Using Social Media for Digital Advocacy

  • Lobbying Decision Makers

  • Conducting A Petition Drive

  • Seeking a Negotiator, a Mediator or a Fact Finder

  • General Rules for Organizing Legislative Advocacy

  • Seeking Funding For Community Projects

Course Outcome:
By the end of training the learners will have knowledge on how to:
• Implement and develop community programs
• Support community actions
• Support and develop community leadership
• Lead community engagement to enhance participation
• Implement strategies for community development
• Promote and manage diversity

Who should enroll?
This is an introductory course suitable for anyone who has recently started working in or is thinking about entering the humanitarian sector, including staff of humanitarian aid organizations, governments, UN agencies, and individuals actively seeking work in the sector. There are no prerequisites for this course. All participants are expected to have theoretical knowledge of humanitarianism, although humanitarian aid experience is not presumed.

Training Format:
• All materials are made available through our Online Learning Platform
• Students should commit approximately 5-6 hours of their time per week

Material Provided:
Online delivery of curriculum materials, exercises and templates.

In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit assignments at the end of each month.

Course Duration: 
Six Months

Learning Plan:  
• Access to course materials on E-Learning Platform
• Online interaction with Course Moderators
• Monthly assignments
• 15-20 Page Project Paper
• End of Course Examination
• Certification
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