This two-weekend course introduces participants to a variety of tools and methodologies for participatory needs assessment in the context of poverty. The goal of this course is to develop and apply the fundamental needs and assets assessment skills necessary for a career in international development. International aid agencies are now calling more and more for the kinds of ‘soft skills’ that help aid workers enter new communities, to come across as human beings who are self-aware and present, flexible and creative, who listen before talking or telling, and who understand that communication is much more than just ‘verbal’. The following topics will be covered: 1) An overview of Poverty, Social Change, Participation, and Asset-Based Development (including the importance of an Asset-Based approach in sustainable development; types of assets, including social capital); 2) An overview of participatory methods, tools, techniques and strategies applied in Asset Based Development activities. We will focus on how external facilitators interact with local participants and other stakeholder groups employing appropriate soft skills, which include the more traditional needs assessment tools, such as priority ranking, mapping, seasonal calendar, as well as somatic tools for effective communication in intercultural contexts.

11:00am-4:00pm on Sunday at MGWN DLC DSPACE (Feb 17, 2019 to Feb 17, 2019)
12:00pm-5:00pm on Friday, Saturday at MGWN DLC DSPACE (Feb 15, 2019 to Feb 16, 2019)
12:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday, Friday, Saturday at MGWN DLC DSPACE (Feb 1, 2019 to Feb 3, 2019)