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Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development

Africa Training Institute is pleased to announce a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Course. This is both an online and Distance Learning Course, which starts 1st of every month.

Overall Course Overview
Rural development continues to be a high priority in both developed and developing countries. Inadequate living standards in the rural areas can be a source of threat to the nation’s food supply as rural residents are normally the caretakers of a nation’s natural resources and lack of development can normally lead to destruction of the resources. Rural development continues to be a critical policy arena because it extends to so many issues that
affect the quality of life for both rural and urban residents. Rural development practitioners and policy makers normally face common obstacles in addressing issues of low population density and distance to markets which are major constraints to rural development.

The course aims at enabling the learners to garner skills related to planning, formulation, monitoring and evaluation of rural development projects and programmes. The programme also introduces the learner to the basic aspects of research and project work. It aims at providing an integrated perception of rural development encompassing various aspects of rural life. It introduces learners to the basic aspects of rural development. It facilitates learners in acquiring skills related to planning, formulation, monitoring and evaluation of rural development projects and programmes. 

Course Objectives
- Conceptualize, perceive, start and develop projects in a changing global environment
- To enable participants to develop a broad ranging knowledge of the theoretical field of rural development and assist them in critically appraising the various policies, strategies and approaches in the field.
- To train participants in the planning and management of rural development activities particularly in aspects of community/ area analysis.
- To introduce students to a diversity of strategies in combating social exclusion in rural areas.
The Following are the Key Thematic Areas Participants Will Cover:
  1. Introduction to Rural Development

  2. Socio-economic aspects of Rural Development

  3. Socio-economic community/ area resource audits

  4. Community and Rural Development through groups

  5. Choosing and Setting up a Rural Development related Organizational Structure

  6. Marketing for Rural Enterprise

  7. Business Planning and Stimulating Rural Enterprise

  8. Business Planning and Stimulating Rural Enterprise

  9. Designing and Managing an Area Development Plan

  10. Social Exclusion and Equality Issues in Rural Development

Minimum Entry Requirements
Common regulations governing Post-Graduate Diplomas shall be applicable

The following shall be eligible for admission
- Holders of a Bachelor's Degree from a recognizable University
- Holders of an equivalent qualification from any other recognizable Institution

- The Entire Duration is one year (2 Semesters)
- Candidates shall be expected to submit 10 Assignments (Continuous Assessment Tests) that account to 70% of their Final Grade, and a Project Paper at the tail end of the course which accounts to 30% of their Final Grade.

Mode of Delivery
Online / Distance Learning

Cost of the Course
USD 1 000

Application Procedure
Applicants should fill out a detailed Application form and send it back via e-mail to

General Course Contact
The Academics Manager,
Africa Training Institute Studies (ATI)
E-mail: The Academic Manager -
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