Course on community planning and development strategies

The course in community planning and development strategies seeks to strengthen students’ competences in understanding the territorial and community context, identifying the problems and motivations that the population has to face, the types of analysis needed, offering theoretical, practical tools and methodologies for teamwork, efficient decision-making in different political contexts and good governance. The course is aimed at creating a project strategy shared with the community and stakeholders, providing support and appropriation by beneficiaries, ensuring long-term sustainability.

 

General Objective:

Provide theoretical, methodological and practical tools for the analysis and management of the territory and the stakeholders in the development of project strategies that foster community development.

Specific Objectives:

– Provide the capacities to evaluate the multidisciplinary context of the action and manage a project consortium;

– Provide the methodology and tools for developing and evaluating sustainable development strategies shared with beneficiaries and stakeholders;

– Provide the tools and methodologies to elaborate the project logic according to the structures of the Logical Framework and Adjusted General Methodology (MGA).

Methodology:

The first and second modules corresponding to the theoretical load will be taught during 40 hours in the classroom. All modules contain previous hours of preparation by the students, they must carry out the readings requested by the teachers. On the other hand the practical module will be divided in 4 journeys for the field works, this module will be completed in 20 hours. The practices will be followed by 6 classes of workshop in analysis and project preparation that will concretize the practical work, for the duration of 30 hours. For each module the participant must deliver the agreed deliverables to proceed with the qualifications by the Planning and Development Unit. A report is presented by teachers and students as the final product of this course.

After the course, the participants will:

– Understand how to read and interpret socio-territorial analysis and data for project design;

– Understand what criteria is behind the shared development strategies and how they are developed to maximize the expected impact;

– Understand how to adapt the project lines of their projects to the conditions and characteristics of the calls.

 

CURRICULAR STRUCTURE:

 

Modules

No. Name No. Hours
1 The project strategy and its scope    20
2 Methodologies and Tools for a coherent strategy    20
3 Field work practices (4 journeys) – level 2    20
4 Analysis and Project Elaboration Lab – level 2    30
TOTAL    90