The Working With Communities online course is currently closed.

Working With Communities is an online, video-based vocational training program, designed to help development professionals improve their work and impact in developing communities. Whether you’re just starting out or have been in the game for a while, this 10-week program will help by teaching you the principles and practices of good community engagement, which you can then apply in their everyday work (and life!)

By the end of the program, you will have everything you need to create your own community engagement strategy, tailored to your unique work and community context.

  • Taking the guesswork out of creating a community engagement strategy, guiding you through a step-by-step process that you can use again and again.
  • Providing tools to help you work with a community’s strengths and culture, without falling into the trap of romanticising it.
  • Focussing on practical outcomes, with clear, actionable steps for applying what you learn in your everyday life and work.
  • Using credible, peer-reviewed research, but without the academic jargon.
  • Giving you ongoing membership to our online community of development professionals where members ask questions (and get answers!), support each other, and share success stories and learnings from their own work.

The program is created and taught by published author and local governance and development specialist, Dr. Deborah Cummins.

Full course details are available at the Working With Communities dedicated e-Course site:

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Based in another country but interested in our work?

We are based in Timor-Leste but are always looking to expand our horizons! If you are based in another country and are working in a similar arena we would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact us HERE.



Join our online course, and learn practical strategies that you can implement immediately to improve your work in developing communities HERE.