Training Division of CIRDAP


Training must facilitate attitude and behavioral change and contribute towards enhancing capacity of development facilitators so that they can become effective agents and communicators of change, strong advocates of community participation in the development process, and capable partners of communities in development.

Areas Covered:

Since the inception of CIRDAP in 1979, the Training Division has conducted over 130 programmes. This division-

  • organizes and implements training programmes for rural development functionaries of CMCs,
  • offer training management services by assisting member and non-member countries in designing, coordinating and managing their training requirements and programmes, and
  • provides facilitation and expert services to CMCs and other organisation.

Method of Conducting Training:

CIRDAP’s strengths in rural development training lie in its accumulated experience in the field of rural development through its programme activities. This provides a wealth of information for those interested in rural development. CIRDAP with support from its partner organizations, conducts training activities at regional, sub-regional and in-country levels. These training programmes include short-term courses of 10-12 days and workshops and seminars of 3-5 days. CIRDAP training courses are conducted in English and certificates are awarded to participants on successful completion of the course. These are also tailor made training programmes to meet the specific needs of individuals or sponsoring organizations. Broadly these services include:

  • Organizing study and exposure visits. Exposure visits on micro-credit and participatory approaches in extension, organizational and project development and management have been held in recent years.
  • Arranging visiting follows programme at CIRDAP for development professionals, researchers and experts from national and international agencies, academic institutions, etc. who are interested in doing short studies or research in rural development. The Division provides access to the centres, available resources and relevant individuals, institutions or programmes in the country study.
  • Arranging attachment or internship programmes at CIRDAP or with its partners for development professionals interested in acquiring hands-on experience and skills in rural development. The current thrust of CIRDAP’s general training programmes is as following:
    • Participatory approaches in planning, management and monitoring and evaluation of rural development and poverty alleviation programmes
    • Preparation and analysis of rural development projects
    • Training methodologies and management
    • Environment and disaster management
    • Gender and development
  • Micro-credit and micro-enterprise for poverty reduction and rural development