Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development

October 26 - November 10, 2017 Application deadline: May 15, 2017

This course is built on lessons learned from communities that are driving their own development. Through class work and field visits, participants are introduced to principles and methods for supporting citizen-led sustainable change where they work, and leave with a plan for operationalizing an asset-based and citizen-driven development (ABCD) approach.


Personal benefits

  • Learn the theory and principles behind citizen-led and asset-based approaches;
  • Develop participatory monitoring and evaluation techniques;
  • Discover how to integrate citizen-led and asset-based principles into the work of your organization;
  • Learn about innovative forms of member-based organizations as vehicles for sustainable community-led activity;
  • Understand strategies for allowing citizen-led initiatives to proliferate and scale-up through multi-stakeholder platforms and by linking producers to markets.

Organizational benefits

  • Develop strategies to shift from a needs-based, problem-solving approach, to one that uses the existing strengths and capacities of communities as the starting point for the design of your programs, policies, and practices;
  • Develop models for service delivery that support citizen-led initiatives and programs.

Who should take the program?

This program is designed for senior practitioners and policy-makers from NGOs, donors, universities, and the private and public sectors who work in domestic or international development

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Tuition 3,000 CAD
Accommodation and meals 1,500 CAD
Total 4,500 CAD

Program costs are subject to change.

All successful applicants are responsible for the cost of travel.

Most qualified candidates receive a scholarship to assist with program costs. Please visit the scholarship page.


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