Upcoming Courses

Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development

April 18 - May 5, 2018

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.

This program will introduce participants to new ways of working with communities. Rather than starting with needs and deficits, the ABCD approach works with communities to identify community strengths and assets. Starting with what they already have, including the organizational capacity of active citizens, communities mobilize assets and a build a sense of agency in the process. This process has implications for how government, private sector and civil society organizations respond to citizen-led initiatives to help them succeed.


  • 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, Colleges, and the private and public sectors who work in domestic or international development.

Fee: $2199 USD

Community-Based Microfinance for Financial Inclusion

 May 9 - May 27, 2018

Microfinance means different things to different people. Community based microfinance models, owned and governed by community members is critical for deeper financial inclusions. Models such as village savings and loans associations, self-help groups, financial cooperatives and credit unions not only provide financial services but also create community based ownership and collective empowerment. Participants will explore how these models support women’s empowerment, agriculture, livelihoods, value-chains and enterprises in rural and urban areas, and how innovating links with banks and mobile payment systems can reach millions that are outside formal banking system. .


  • Understand the role of financial services in inclusive economy and the role of community-based microfinance institutions in enhancing financial inclusion and linking those institutions with formal financial institutions
  • Understand the financial behaviour of low-income population groups to learn the principles of designing financial literacy components as well as design appropriate financial products such as savings, insurance, payment services, and value-chain finance.
  • Obtain an in-depth understanding of different community-based microfinance models such as village savings and loan associations (or savings groups), self-help groups, SACCOs, and credit unions to learn about the ways in which different member-owned institutions apply cooperative principles to ensure the delivery of appropriate financial products Organizational benefits
  • Develop strategies for strengthening program design, management, and product design capacities in community-based microfinance programming, both in rural and underserved urban communities • Develop strategies for banks, formal microfinance institutions, and various value-chain actors to reach informal savings groups and cooperatives
  • Enhance capacity to analyze operative environments and adopt program designs that enable families in the informal sector to access appropriate financial services and participate more effectively in the local economy.

Who should take the Program?

This program is intended for mid-to-senior-level practitioners from NGOs, financial cooperatives, rural finance institutions, and MFIs; for bankers interested in serving rural regions; and also for regulators and government officials, trainers, and donors engaged in financial inclusion agenda. Two years’ work experience in microfinance or in the field of economic development is desirable.

Fee: $2499 USD

Community-Based Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

October 11 - October 28, 2018

This program is intended for persons working in community-based organizations, NGOs, government departments, universities, and international organizations. Participants will learn to create safe, inclusive spaces for dialogue and analyses; build conflict analyses skills and tools; explore peacebuilding strategies to address root causes of family, community and work-based conflict; learn non-violent communication and mediation skills; design and deliver conflict transformation and peacebuilding programs; gain knowledge on non-violent techniques for transforming intra-community and organizational conflicts; examine gender based violence at a family, community and national level; and gain the ability to contribute to global networks for conflict resolution, reconciliation and peacebuilding.


  • Understand theories and practices of community-based conflict transformation and peacebuilding;
  • Recognize gender dynamics in peace building approaches;
  • Build skills to analyze root causes of conflicts, influence public policy, negotiate and mediate, and design and deliver conflict transformation and peacebuilding educational programs;
  • Gain knowledge about non-violent techniques for transforming intra-community and organizational conflicts;
  • Develop values and attitudes that nurture a culture of peace and non-violence. Organizational benefits
  • Acquire understanding of participatory approaches to conflict transformation and peacebuilding;
  • Formulate strategies to manage and transform conflicts within one’s operating environment;
  • Gain the ability to contribute to global networks for conflict resolution, reconciliation and peacebuilding.

Who should take the Program?

 This certificate is ideal for mid-to senior-level staff in community-based organizations, NGOs, government departments, universities, Colleges, and international organizations who want to work collaboratively to transform conflicts and create an enabling environment for peace and development. Those working directly on-the-ground in conflict situations, and those designing programs to prevent tensions from escalating in situations of conflict and confrontation, will benefit from this course. Those working specifically within the field of gender-based and lateral-based violence will also benefit from this course.

Fee: $3499 USD

Citizen-Led Accountability: Strategies and Tools

March 18 - April 5, 2018

Citizens have the right and responsibility to hold government accountable for public decisions and actions that affect their lives. This program explores how citizens can make their governments more open, transparent and responsive to their needs and concerns. Through case studies from around the world, participants will learn innovative practices to monitor government actions, seek accountability, prevent corruption, and improve essential public services such as health care and education. They will also learn to design pro-accountability strategies and get handson experience applying practical tools such as community scorecards and citizens report cards, to foster a culture of accountability in their societies.


  • Learn the history of social accountability, principles and rationale;
  • Build practical skills in the use of social accountability tools and methods such as participatory budgeting and expenditure tracking, social audits, citizen charters and community report cards, right to information, and other performance monitoring tools;
  • Identify the characteristics of an enabling environment for citizen engagement;
  • Identify ways to use social accountability tools in advocacy to make the case for change. Organizational benefits
  • Increase organizational capacity to build accountability into future projects and programs;
  • Develop the ability to assess government programs and services to ensure the quality of public service delivery to all citizens.

Who should take the Program?

This certificate is designed for practitioners in civil society organizations and social movements, as well as the staff of government ministries and development agencies engaged in advocacy, governance and accountability work.

Fee: $2599 USD

 Community Development Leadership by Women

March 9 - March 27, 2018

This program creates space for women to become ‘masters of their own destiny’, and in solidarity with others, to step into leadership positions and act together to make their communities’ countries and the world a better place. Women of all ages and backgrounds come away from this course inspired to create and support social change in all aspects of their lives.


  • Learn practical new strategies for moving development forward with gender-sensitive processes
  • Assess life experiences for personal strengths and motivations
  • Build a leadership profile to uncover your own strengths and capacity
  • Network with an inspired group of women to construct approaches that break down gender-oriented barriers and constraints that limit development Organizational benefits
  • Develop women-sensitive approaches and structures to increase the social capital of the organization
  • Develop vision and leadership approaches that are gender-sensitive and women-inclusive which lead to innovation and social change

Who should take the Program?

The strength of the course is in the diversity of women who attend. The mix of ages, nationalities, family responsibilities, education, religions, and working lives creates a dynamic context for learning. Women who are leaders and those who aspire to ignite their leadership potential to journey the leadership road are welcome.

$1849 USD

Learning Organizations and Change

June 11 - June 28, 2018

Participants will explore how changes in structure, plans and actions can strengthen an organization’s relevance to its members. A learning organization culture is created that allows leaders to practice the art of change. Participants will explore how changing mental models, personal mastery, shared vision, team learning and systems thinking can create a vibrant learning organization. Drawing on leaders’ experiences, each learning activity is designed to address current organizational realities. The learning environment created is a highly participatory and inclusive space for reflection and dialogue. The course inspires individual and collective wisdom about learning organizations and change to emerge.


  • Build self-mastery as the basis of leadership to facilitate others through change – addressing motivational impact, frustrations, and stress;
  • Learn ‘how to learn’ collaboratively and help others learn in complex organizational situations;
  • Identify strategies to alleviate barriers to learning within organizational structures and cultures. Organizational benefits
  • Build a framework for change based on the vision and values to which the organization aspires;
  • Transform internal organizational strengths and assets for organizational renewal in three strategic areas – communication, support systems, and organizational cultures;
  • Design dynamic organizational strategies for documenting and sharing organizational experience and knowledge (best practices, knowledge management);
  • Integrate mainstreaming approaches to enhance organizational performance in areas of gender equality, HIV and AIDS, disability, human rights, and the environment.

Who should take the Program?

This certificate is designed for development practitioners who are responsible for the continued excellence and relevance of their organizations. Presidents, founders, executive directors, program/project managers, directors, coordinators, team leaders, and internal change agents with other titles have found this course supportive in building collaborative learning cultures to better pursue their organizations’ missions.

Fee: $2699 USD