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International Diploma Course in Community Development

International Diploma Course in Community Development

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


IDCCD 2024This 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.


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:

  • Perspectives on Transformative Praxis
  • Process of Values Development and Human Relations Training
  • Understanding the Community from a Socio-Cultural Perspective
  • 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
  • Development on the Mezzo Level: Co-creating Sustainable Bio-regional Communities (CSBCom)
  • Field Exposure/Immersion
  • 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)
  • 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:

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


  • 18 years old and above
  • High school level or equivalent
  • Experience in community work preferred
  • Committed to stay for the entire duration of the seminar
  • Can communicate 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.

Please see brochure for the fees.

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



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,
Ermita, 1004 Manila

or send it to:


Download the IDCCD application form

Other Contact Information:

Fax no.: (632) 8526-6155

For Accommodations:
Francis Senden Student Center
(632) 83025121
(632) 85238265 to 67 loc. 501

For inquiries on our graduate and other short-term courses

  • Registrar’s Office: (632) 85238265 to 67 local 213
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