International Diploma Course in Community Development (IDCCD)

Asian Social Institute (ASI) opens its doors anew to prospective participants in the 2020 International Diploma Course in Community Development (IDCCD). The two-month short-term course carries a rich and varied tradition of experientially-based socio-cultural exchanges among different communities in Asia and the rest of the world as well as offers probing and insightful theories on best practices in community work. Since it was first offered as a short-term course in 1975, the IDCCD has already formed and trained more than a thousand community workers all oriented on ASI’s mission of, through transformative praxis, the holistic development of individuals towards justice, peace and integrity of creation.

The diploma course for 2020 will commence on April 13 and will end on May 30, 2020. Interested parties may get in touch with the Chair of the IDCCD Management Committee, Dr. Elsa H. Ruiz, through any of the following:

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Dr. Elsa H. Ruiz
Chair, IDCCD
Asian Social Institute
1518 Leon Guinto Street
Ermita, 1004 Manila, Philippines

Tel no.:    + 63 2 5238265 to 67 local 218
Fax no.:    + 63 2 5266155

Course Description:

This is intended for social development practitioners, community extension managers, trainors, project administrators, project supervisors, and those who intend to engage in community development work.

The course emphasizes holistic, integrative and participatory approaches to community development work toward sustainability in the context of the growing global concern about climate change.  Part of the course is a seven-day community immersion program that will expose participants to rural-urban settings to complement the concepts and principles acquired during the course.

Course Objectives:

The course generally aims to provide participants with necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills in community development as a strategy for social transformation.

By the end of the course, the participants are expected to analyze the various theoretical frameworks and approaches in working with various stakeholders, within their own socio-political and economic contexts and in relation to their present and intended future involvements.  They should also be able to appropriately and meaningfully translate development concepts and principles into strategic plans of action.


Lectures, workshops, reflections, structured learning exercises and a one-week live-in field exposure in selected rural-urban poor communities.

Course Content:

  1. Perspectives on Transformative Praxis
  2. Process of Values Development and Human Relations Training
  3. Understanding the Community from a Socio-Cultural Perspective
  4. Community Development:
    • Principles, Theories and Practices
    • Basic Principles and Phases in Community Development
    • Community Organizing
    • Participatory Action Research
    • Conflict Management
    • Project Development and Management (Planning, Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Resource Mobilization)
    • Community Disaster Risk Reduction
  5. Development on the Mezzo Level:  Co-creating Sustainable Bio-regional Communities (CSBCom)
  6. Field Exposure/Immersion
  7. Communication for Development
    • Sociology of Communication
    • Spirituality of Communication
    • Communication Skills Development (Newsletter-writing, which includes graphic design and PowerPoint presentation; Visual Arts, which includes poster-making and photo-voice; and, Community Drama)
  8. Training Design and Techniques

Course Session:

Monday to Saturday

  • 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Requirements for Admission

The applicant must submit the following:

  1. Completed ASI-CD Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Description of past, present and future involvement in community work
  4. Letters of recommendation from two (2) different sources
  5. Medical Certificate indicating fitness to undertake the course


  1. Twenty-one (21) to fifty (50) years old
  2. At least second year college or its equivalent
  3. With experiences in community work
  4. Committed to stay for the entire duration of the seminar
  5. Proficient in the English language


Fees include materials, exposure, cultural fest, graduation, etc.  Transportation expenses to and from the country of origin are shouldered by the participants.

  For Non-Filipinos For Filipinos
Tuition Fee US$    770 PhP 22,000
Board and Lodging US$ 1,100 PhP 33,000
Total US$ 1,870 PhP 55,000


Please address all check payments to: Asian Social Institute, Inc.


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If you would like to send your applications, you may write to:

International Diploma Course in Community Development
Asian Social Institute
1518 Leon Guinto Street,
Malate, 1004 Manila

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For next year's IDCCD schedule and other related updates, kindly click here to direct you to the ASI Academe-Research Department's Facebook page.

Other Contact Information:

Fax no.:
Office of the ASI -President
(632) 526-6155

For lodging:
Francis Senden Student Center
(632) 3025121
(632) 5238265 to 67
loc. 501

For inquiries on our graduate and other short-term courses

Registrar's Office
(632) 5238265 to 67 local 213

Trunk line nos.:
(632) 5238265 to 67


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