Celebrating a Decade of Online Training

Village Earth (originally through an entity called the International Institute for Sustainable Development), in collaboration with Colorado State University, was one of the first non-governmental organizations to really pioneer online training in the development and humanitarian sectors back in 2003.  Now ten years later, Village Earth’s online Sustainable Community Development Certificate program is one of the premier training programs for development and relief professionals.   Many organizations have sent groups of their staff (“training of trainers”) or program participants through the certificate program such as World Learning, IREX, Academy for Educational Development, Habitat for Humanity, and many more.

“For 26 years, I had worked with an international NGO assigned in several countries but I must admit that despite these years of doing development work, it is only now that I have a deeper understanding of what community-based development should be..”  — Course Participant

Over the ten years our program has evolved and adapted to the changing development landscape to incorporate not only best practices in online training, but also to stay on top of best practices in the field of sustainable community development.  Our courses have always been taught by practitioners in the field who bring with them not only immense academic knowledge but also the wealth of real world, on-the-ground knowledge that only someone with experience in the field could bring.   Our program has grown to now offer twenty-three courses as a part of the online certificate.  Recently, we have also begun to offer specializations for those looking to focus in on a particular subject area such as Economic Development, Natural Resources Management, Political Empowerment, Disaster Relief, Food Security / Agriculture, Participatory Facilitation, and Community Planning and Development.

Although more and more development training programs are coming online, Village Earth’s Sustainable Community Development Certificate stands out above the competition.   Unlike other online course programs that just post information online for student’s to read, our courses are facilitated, interactive, and encourage dialogue amongst our diverse participant body giving the opportunity for development professionals to learn from, discuss and network with other professionals from all over the globe.  To date, we have had participants come through our program from IGOs such as the United Nations to  grassroots community leaders in the most remote corners of the world.  You can see our list of 83 countries from which we have had participants:

1.     Afghanistan

2.     Albania

3.     Armenia

4.     Australia

5.     Austria

6.     Bangladesh

7.     Belgium

8.     Benin

9.     Bosnia-Herzegovina

10.   Brazil

11.   Bulgaria

12.   Burma (Myanmar)

13.   Burundi

14.   Cambodia

15.   Cameroon

16.   Canada

17.   Chad

18.   Colombia

19.   Congo

20.  Denmark

21.   East Timor

22.  Ecuador

23.  Egypt

24.  Ethiopia

25.  Finland

26.  France

27.  Germany

28.  Haiti

29.  Honduras

30.  India

31.   Indonesia

32.  Ireland

33.   Israel

34.  Italy

35.   Jamaica

36.  Japan

37.   Jordan

38.   Kenya

39.  Kiribati

40.  Korea

41.   Kosovo

42.  Kyrgyzstan

43.  Laos

44.  Lebanon

45.  Lesotho

46.  Liberia

47.  Luxembourg

48.  Madagascar

49.  Malta

50.  Mauritania

51.   Mexico

52.  Mongolia

53.   Mozambique

54.  Namibia

55.   Nepal

56.  Netherlands

57.   New Zealand

58.   Nigeria

59.  Norway

60.  Papua New Guinea

61.  Pakistan

62.   Philippines

63.  Qatar

64.  Russia

65.  Serbia

66.  Sierra Leone

67.  Singapore

68.  Slovakia

69.  South Africa

70.  Spain

71.  Sudan

72.   Sweden

73.  Switzerland

74.   Syria

75.  Tanzania

76.   Thailand

77.  Trinidad and Tobago

78.   United Arab Emirates

79.   United Kingdom

80.  United States

81.  Vanuatu

82.   Vietnam

83.  Zambia


  1. Congratulations. It’s great to see how much the program has grown in a decade!

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