May 21 - May 31 Application Closed
Sept. 23 - Oct. 11, 2013
Building on our action research with international partners and our case study research in 13 countries around the world, this certificate will provide an opportunity for you to learn from successful communities about how to initiate and stimulate citizen-led development. Through a combination of theory, practical tools and field work, this course will provide you with a concrete plan for shifting your organization’s focus from an emphasis on community needs and problems to one that understands and recognizes the assets, strengths and opportunities within the community.
This program is designed for senior practitioners and policy-makers from NGOs, donors, universities and the private and public sectors working in domestic or international development.
You will be involved in issues-based seminars about asset-based approaches to community development, and their implications for development practice and policy. You will also be introduced to the basic tools of applying as asset-based approach at the community level.
In this longer program, you will be introduced to a wider range of tools and methods. These will help you recognize the strengths and capacities in all communities and help communities build on those strengths for community- or citizen-driven development. A field visit to a Canadian community will allow you to practice some of these tools.