Community-Based Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (October 10 - October 25)
For leaders passionate about building cultures of peace. Participants will learn to create safe, inclusive spaces; learn conflict analyses skills and tools; explore non-violent techniques in addressing conflict; learn mediation skills; design conflict transformation and peacebuilding programs; examine different forms of violence; and contribute to networks for conflict resolution, reconciliation and peacebuilding.
Community-Driven Impact Assessment (October 10 - October 25)
A community development process that gives citizens increased control over the well-being of their communities. Using the People Assessing Their Health process, communities develop their own tool to assess potential impacts of policies and programs on community health, and identify strategies for change.
Facilitation and Training Approaches for Community Change (October 10 - October 25)
Development practitioners, trainers and educators in this course learn participatory design and facilitation approaches and techniques. Participants improve their skills through hands-on, small group practice and strengthen their knowledge of principles and practices of transformative education. Collectively, they create strategies for overcoming challenges in their own work.
Learning Organizations and Change (October 10 - October 25)
Participants will explore how changes in structure, plans and actions can strengthen an organization’s relevance to its community. Leaders practice the art of change by exploring mental models, personal mastery, shared vision, team learning and systems thinking, which create a vibrant culture of learning in any organization.
Action Research for Citizen-Led Change (October 26 - November 10)
This program covers the basics of participatory action research for citizen-led change. Participants will design their own action research initiative step-by-step, learning about the principles and methods appropriate for different research purposes. Examples of action research around the world will build on the experience of course participants, and include a field visit to a local community.
Advocacy: Increasing Citizen Voice and Agency (October 26 - November 10)
Provides practitioners with insights into the underlying concepts and current trends in advocacy and mobilizing citizens for action. Through discussions about written and video case studies and exercises to apply strategic planning tools, participants will enhance their ability to create an enabling and just environment for development through their advocacy campaigns.
Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development (October 26 - November 10)
Rather than starting with needs and deficits, the ABCD approach helps communities to identify and build upon existing strengths and assets. This program will introduce participants to ABCD principles, methods and tools. It will also highlight how local government, private sector and civil society organizations can respond to citizen-led initiatives at the community level.