Online Certificate Course on Community Development – 2016 Edition

1.0    Course description/background
This certificate course is designed to introduce individuals to community development as a concept as well as basic skills in mobilising communities for development and influencing social change.  This online training is therefore; to build the capacity of individuals involved in community mobilisation as well as those seeking innovative approaches in community development activities. This course content will increase the confidence of development workers, Government officials and private practitioner as it provides a step by step approach in their quest to mobilise communities toward sustainable development.
The main purpose of this course is to provide a resource for community leaders, volunteers, and practitioners who desire to make their communities a better place. It describes the steps in the community development process, and the guiding principles that explain why each step in the process is important.


2.0    Course Objectives
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
i.    To understand the concept of community development
ii.    To identify and apply various tools and skills in engaging communities for development.
iii.    To introduce community organising as a process in community development.
iv.    To introduce advocacy as a key tool for community entry
v.    To assist practitioners to source resource for community development
vi.    To develop practitioners skills on participatory monitoring and evaluation of community initiatives.

3.0    Course benefit
The overall purpose of the training programme is to enhance the capacity and skills of individuals and development practitioners to engaged communities as well as monitor and evaluate community development programmes.


4.0    Detail Module/Course outline

This course is divided into 11 modules. Each module will have a learning objective and study activities.

Introduction to Community Development

  • Definition of terms

o    Community
o    Development
o    Mobilisation

  • Process of community development
  • Purpose of community development
  • Key elements of community mobilization
  • Strategies for community mobilisation

Participatory Tools for Community Development

  • Understanding participatory tools
  • Understanding PLA
  • Steps of PLA Processing
  • PLA Tools
  • Processing of Community PLA activities

Community Volunteers

  • Who is a Community Volunteer?
  • The role of Community Volunteer in Community Development

Basic Inter Personal Communication Skills

  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Role play

Community Mobilization Events

  • Community dialogue
  • Rally and road shows
  • Market storms
  • Community Drama

Use of BCC tools/materials

  • Visual aids

Community Organising and Community Development

  • The concept of community organising
  • Community organising cycle

Advocacy skills

  • Introduction to advocacy
  • Type of advocacy in community development
  • Key steps in advocacy process

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation of community development programme

  • Procedures on how to evaluate the objectives
  • Importance of PM&E in Community Development
  • How to conduct PM&E?
  • Key indicator in community Development
  • Understanding PM&E tools

Community Action planning

  • Understand community action planning
  • How to develop community action planning?

Resource Mobilisation/Fund raising for Community: Clearly delineates costs of the project to be met by the funding source

  • Sources of funds for community development

5.0    Target audience

  • Individual wishing to develop skills on community development
  • Development practitioners
  • Non-Governmental Organisation implementing community projects
  • Governmental officials supporting community development projects
  • Community members

6.0     Technical Requirements
This course is delivered fully online. You will be required to have access to a computer or web-capable mobile device and have consistent access to the internet to either view or download the necessary course resources and to attempt any graded course assessments and the final exam.

To access the full course including assessments and the final exam, you will need to download an application form and enrolled in the course. For example, some of the accessibility and progress tracking features are only available to enrolled participants.

7.0    Course Delivery
Interaction with students will be via the Global Human Rights Leadership Training Institute training platform and all course notes and guidelines for study will be delivered and accessible to students in electronic format. (

All the course modules are available to the students at the inception of the course. At the end of each module, an assignment is completed by the students and marked by the course experts. Assignments are in the form of written assignments.

8.0    Award of the Certificates
Statistics from previous courses showed that submission of assignments and receiving online tutoring help participants to integrate gender in their various activities. Certificates can be awarded only to those students who:
1)    Completed all assignments and Final Exam
2)    Obtain a combined final mark of 50% or more for the assignments and Final Exam

Successful students will receive the GHRLTI Certification on Community Development.

9.0    Course Fees/Funding
The course tuition fee is US$400. Course fees include access to all course materials, expert support, as well as postage and packaging of a certificate. There is a limited amount of partial scholarships available for applicants from developing countries, based on financial need.

All required course resources linked throughout the course, including textbooks, PowerPoint presentations, webpages, activities, etc. are accessible for no charge. This course also contains a free final exam and course completion certificate.

Please note it is important that all course fees are paid when due.  Reminders will normally be issued but it is the obligation of each applicant ensure timely payment of fees.

Location: Online [web-based]

10.0    Time Commitment
While learning styles can vary considerably and any particular student will take more or less time to learn or read, we estimate that the “average” student will take 76 hours to complete this course. Each overall unit within the course is similarly tagged with an estimated time advisory. We recommend that you work through the course at a pace that is comfortable for you and allows you to make regular (daily, or at least weekly) progress. It’s a good idea to also schedule your study time in advance and try as best as you can to stick to that schedule.

It may be useful to take a look at these time advisories and to determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each module, and then to set goals for yourself.

11.0    Application Procedure
The deadline for application is 18th October 2016. While full tuition payment is due on 22nd October 2016. However, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. You can also download application form at

Inquiries about the course may be sent to: OR
Human Rights and Justice Group International
Nigeria: 53, Western Avenue, P.O. Box 3326, Surulere, 101014, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: +234-8097627319
U.S: 1208 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 4, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138

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