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The following are the courses on offer. Our courses run for six months with 2 months of immersion in the project development experience (optional)

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DI 001 : Disaster Management

Disasters are on the increase domestically and globally, due to climate changes which might be attributed to technological developments, and they come with social and economic consequences. Disasters either natural or man-made normally threaten the survival of the victims as well as put the dignity and livelihoods of victims to test and at times leads to a shift in socio- economic situations, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation, climate variability as well as change, geological hazards and stiff competition of natural resources leading environmental degradation.

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Monitoring and Evaluation has become a very important discourse in the development sector. Monitoring and Evaluation helps assess effective use of development aid as well as measure the impacts of projects in the lives of the targeted beneficiaries. Without Monitoring and Evaluation donors and stakeholders would never know where to put their money. M/E is a process that starts with project planning , project implementation through project impact after the project has closed. M/E therefore is part and parcel of development programming.

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Water, Health and Sanitation Management has become a critical element in development sector especially in developing countries . More than half the world population cannot access a toilet or running safe water making the issue a global priority. Provision of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation services is a concern of every government all over the world. Waterborne diseases such as diarrhea are a major contributor to mortality in developing countries while provision of relief and humanitarian emergency services always have WASH component to prevent and control the spread of communicable diseases.

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Procurement and Supply Chain Management is a very important element in the development programming and delivery of goods and services. Procurement and supply chain management system ensures that quality goods and services are procured and delivered on time and that the organization gets value for money. Procurement is however not only about purchasing. It's about the whole process and system that includes planning, rules and principles, budgeting, pricing, tendering, competitive bidding, selection criteria, stages of contract negotiation and contract management, delivery, payment and logistics management.

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Development work is driven by financial, material and human resource. It demands commitment to the call of duty and working odd and extra hours to achieve project targets to alleviate poverty or human suffering. Project Managers find themselves in a dilemma when an organization or programme is going through a crisis , restructuring or one is tasked to play more than one function . To be an effective manager in a humanitarian or development organization, more than one professional skill is required.

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There is growing global attention for the understanding of gender issues as they relate to development. This interest has gone beyond the analysis of gender differences to assessing the impact of gender disparities in relation to national and community development..

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Changes in demographics, patterns in human settlement, decisions in land use and political and social policy dynamics have augmented vulnerability to natural as well as man-made conflicts. It only takes a few minutes to bring down developments that have made through many years, funds as well as efforts. When disaster strikes, if not addressed well they can render an organization, a community or even a country dysfunctional.

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To establish an organizations ability to receive and manage grants, it’s necessary to establish adequate accounting practices and systems. The fundamental concept in grants management is that each grant award should be accounted for as an independent cost center, that is, all income from a grant and expenditures are accounted for as a distinct, separate category within the accounting system. The job of Grants Management involves a difficult balancing act; ensuring that project staffs have the latitude to accomplish something meaningful and at the same time every obligation of the funding source is met.

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This is an interdisciplinary training course that places particular focus on financial management, related jargons and knowledge in understanding financial management information and interpreting financial statements and ratios for decision making. In the context of humanitarian organizations involves management of an organization’s resources to achieve its goals and objectives. It involves setting objectives, analyzing the competitive environment, evaluating strategies and ensuring that the management rolls out the strategies across the organization.

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The Diploma of Human Resource Management is an online professional development course that aims to provide you with the essential foundation knowledge, skills and competencies required to perform effectively in a human resource management team. This online foundation course will give participants essential tools for kick starting their career in HR. It is also a great way for existing HR professionals to expand their knowledge.

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The world is rapidly changing and so is international development studies this is after the 15 years period of millennium development came to an end in 2015. A larger set of sustainable development goals were introduced to guide long term development policies and end global poverty. Development perse is not considered as a problem on the global scene, but issues to deal with migration issues, food security, climate change and energy crises.

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The future of many organizations depends on their ability to manage projects, programs and portfolios of projects. Skills in this area are in demand and continue to be in high demand. In the ideal scenario, project management helps organizations maximize returns by using the minimum resources at their disposal.

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Getting funding for a project is not just a matter of luck, but a matter of learning a few skills and improving them each time one pens down to write a proposal. The approach that one takes to sell an idea will determine if the funds will be granted or not. The whole project should be very persuasive to woe the funder to your side. It is like a beautiful girl who has many suitors asking for her hand into friendship, the best suitor normally emerges the winner all factors kept constant.

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Public Health is the scientific discipline of safeguarding and enhancing the well being of general public by means of education, promotion of healthy ways of life, and extensive study of diseases and injury prevention. Public health experts review the impact on health of genetics, individual choice and the surroundings so as to create plans that safeguard the health of your family and local community.

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Global health is a growing field in the area of public health, medicine, nursing and other health professions. In the health sector, maternal and child health is one of the most popular specializations and is gaining attraction as an important aspect of development that explicitly includes two of the ten Millennium Development Goals. Maternal and child health helps to protect and promote the health of mother and new born child....

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A Chinese proverb states that if you are planning for one year, grow rice. If you are planning for 20 years, grow trees. If you are planning for centuries, grow Men /Women. This course focuses on how organizations undertake strategic planning and its importance in a fast changing world. Learners will understand why it is important to develop a strategic vision and mission, establish objectives and decide on a strategy....

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Diploma in Nutrition course captures the importance of nutrition for enhanced health . With the increase in illnesses related to diet and lifestyles such as, cardiovascular diseases ,arthritis, diabetes and obesity, there is an increasing motivation to assess the impact of nutrition on health and growth in people's lives and general well being.

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Human Resource Management plays a very critical role for any organization to succeed in its work. There is growing belief that human resource is the biggest asset in an organization hence the need for effective management. Over 60% of litigations against an organization are normally related to human resource management issues hence the growing interest in the sector .

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The health of mothers and children is significant in creating a healthy world. However, even with notable medical advancements there are millions of women and children dying from avertable or treatable conditions attributed to pregnancy and childbirth in the world today.

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This course is a complete review of project design, planning and execution. Project management involves the planning and managing of tasks and resources to achieve successful completion of specific objectives and goals.

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Dynamics in human settlement, demographics, disputes emanating from management of land, social policy dynamics , political and economic power wrangles have created vulnerability to natural as well as man-made conflicts.

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International development places focus on socio-economic development issues of concern to the developing countries in contrast to the developed world . Issues such as poverty, foreign aid, conflicts, governance, human rights, climate change and global inequalities are central to the theme of internal development. However, to work in the field of international development, one needs to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to function effectively in challenging circumstances

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It's important to focus on women's sexual and reproductive health because it touches on key areas such as ; sexual conditions such as cervix and breast cancer and HIV/ AIDS which are some of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among women. Sexual conditions such as cervical cancer are unique to women and receive inadequate attention. Sexual and reproductive health circumstances such as pregnancy and menopause are other health conditions greatly affecting women. The inequality of power in many sexual relationships also has an impact on the sexual health of women.

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Gender-based violence is globally being recognized as a serious problem, both because of the morbidity and mortality associated with assault and but also the long term impact on women's health and well being.

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Managing and leading people is a challenge that requires wisdom and skills that must be learned and practiced over time. This leadership and management course is designed for individuals who want to strengthen their management capabilities and increase their career prospects in the ever changing organizations. The course targets experienced managers who want to strengthen their managerial and leadership skills and those who aspire to become effective managers and leaders in different sectors of development.

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Many people have the urge to set up development organizations with the hope of addressing myriad development problems. Setting up an organization despite good intentions has its own challenges. Many organizations just like businesses die in the first three years due to lack of clear plans. Some of the challenges are related to lack of funding and human resources, governance and management issues, and more importantly , lack of clear vision and mission on how to drive the organization.

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Effective management of an organization determines whether the organization will succeed or fail. Organizations need tool kits or bolts and nuts for planning and managing its action plans without which their objectives may not be achieved. Some of the important skills include resource mobilization, budgeting, having a clear financial sustainability strategy, financial control systems, writing effectively and powerfully, human resource management, organizational and performance management, effective communications among others

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