LDIP Program Managers

Learn the Principles and Strategies of Good Local



March 2021

Next Course Starts

50 hours

Time Commitment

US $547.00


Do You Want To:

Develop a project that engages effectively with different sectors of the community?

Strategically draw on local knowledge and resources when implementing project activities?

Set up the necessary conditions for continued local participation, even after project funding & activities have come to an end?


In this group coaching program, you will learn how to design and manage a project that is inclusive of local leaders and community members, reflects the local context and draws appropriately on community strengths and resources. You will be supported in doing a thorough audit of your current project design, test different approaches, and improve your local engagement across different stages of the project life-cycle.

This program is ideal for people who are responsible for designing or managing a community project, and/or supporting local partners in how they carry out their community work.


By the end of this program, you will be able to:

Conduct & facilitate an audit on local engagement with your team, and identify opportunities for improvement across the project life-cycle.

Incorporate select local engagement practices into your project design, that are appropriate to your work and community context.

Trouble-shoot and manage risks of local engagement for the project, and for community members.

Develop a strategy for working effectively with formal/informal community leaders.

Support your team or local partners in working with marginalised or vulnerable groups.

Develop a good local engagement and outreach strategy, tailored to your project requirements

About Your Instructor

Key Features

User-Friendly Site, Structure and Materials.

This course is designed to be as accessible as possible. While everything I teach is based on a strong theoretical framework, the lessons are simple, and focused on practical application. The site is designed to make it as easy as possible to navigate, access materials, and keep track of where you are up to—so you can focus on learning.

Work At Your Own

Although the live course goes for 4 weeks, you will have access for 6 months. This allows you to try out what you learn, return and dip back into different sections of the course as you reflect on how the principles, tools and strategies apply in your work and community context.

Access To The Course Convener.

You get all of the benefits of working with the Founder & Director of Bridging Peoples, Dr. Deborah Cummins – giving her BEST teachings, tools, strategies and advice – without having to pay hefty consultant fees or enrol in a University course!

Access to the Community.

Perhaps most importantly, you get access to a community of like-minded professionals. People who, like you, want to really make a difference in people’s lives through their work. And who are prepared to step up, challenge themselves to think differently about their work, and try something new.



This program is for people who have already completed or are currently enrolled in either the Principles of Good Local Development course, or the Theories and Concepts of Good Local Development course.

The program is ideal for people who are responsible for designing and/or managing projects that are implemented at the community level. Participants are expected to complete a series of exercises to encourage deep reflection on their current practices, and are
supported in identifying opportunities for improving their local engagement. There is also a strong focus on supporting teams and local partners in their direct work with communities.

Discounts are offered for group enrolments of over three people.

The training program takes a mixed approach. Some sessions are run as a large group, complemented with a range of small group activities, to encourage a shared understanding of community engagement principles and practices for all project staff. Other sessions are tailored to the needs of different levels of staff, with managers, coordinators and field facilitators participating in break-out sessions to focus on applying community engagement principles to their areas of work.

Across the training program, there is a strong emphasis on participatory techniques and the cross-fertilisation of ideas between different participants.

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