Our popular Working With Communities e-course is now open for enrolment! The Working With Communities eCourse is a ten-week online program, designed to help development professionals improve their ability to work effectively and sustainably at the community level.

This course is specifically designed for practical use, going beyond theory to teach you techniques and strategies that you can apply in your everyday work with developing communities. Everything I teach in this course is based on credible, peer-reviewed research sourced from a range of fields—including some of my own original research. As the ten weeks progress, I will take you through the principles and practices of good community engagement at every stage of the project life-cycle—so that by the end of the course, you will have everything you need to create your own community engagement strategy, tailored to your specific professional and community context.

You don’t need to take time off work to do this program: because it is online, study hours are flexible, and can be managed on top of your work responsibilities. And if you choose to join the course you get lifetime membership to the program, meaning that the learning doesn’t stop at the end of the ten weeks—you can continue to revisit the course materials whenever you have the time, and feel the need.

As a final note, the Working With Communities eCourse is not specific to any one country or culture. Because the course focuses mainly on processes of engagement, with participants using these techniques and strategies to fill in details of their own unique work and community context, it is relevant to anyone working directly with developing communities, who wish to improve their community engagement skills.

For more information on what this course is all about, please go to https://workingwithcommunities.com. You can also get a sneak peek of the course by signing up to our newsletter, which will also give you access to a sample training video on community engagement/stakeholder mapping.

If you have any questions about the Working With Communities course (or anything else Bridging Peoples-related, for that matter!), please do get in touch with me by clicking on the Contact Us link – I’d love to hear from you!


PS. Here’s what some previous students had to say about the program:

The course has an excellent practical focus that can be applied by anyone working directly with communities, including development and humanitarian projects and programs, and the public services.”  Youssef Almustafa, M&E Specialist, Syria

The lessons were clear, the sequencing of lessons built up a gradual deeper understanding of the content, and I especially liked the ethical foundation of the course content—particularly the emphasis on working with local people.”  Heather Redmond, Chairperson Friends of Lacluta, Australia

“I really appreciated the personal assistance provided by Deborah and the interesting Q&A sessions with the other participants from all over the world!” Ilaria Rosetti, Cultural Heritage Professional, Netherlands

“The course is wonderfully rich in content, detailing the complexity of working with communities and providing practical approaches to work with this reality.” Heidi Zajac, Director Cooking Circles, Australia