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PC300 Strengthening Underserved Communities



Community-based development is rooted in the idea that individuals and groups are best suited to identifying and addressing social problems in their own communities. Community development enhances local ownership, sustainability, and effectiveness by localising problems and solutions in geographically, politically, and socially defined areas. This course will provide an overview of community-based development, frameworks for development, and tools and resources that can be utilised by non-profits and development workers in international contexts. 


Course Outline


  1. Community-Based Development in Theory

  2. Community Development in Practice

  3. Asset-Based Development Part I

  4. Asset-Based Development Part II

  5. Community-Based Participatory Research

  6. Stakeholder Theory and Social Partnerships

  7. Implementing an Awareness Campaign

  8. Localisation of Curriculum

  9. Community Strengthening Through Clubs

  10. Prevention and Girls Empowerment

  11. Developing a Theory of Change

  12. Developing a Child Protection Policy



November 1st - December 8th 2023

Lectures Wednesdays and Fridays 3pm BST




You are eligible to join as an undergraduate or graduate level student enrolled in a university, or a student who is entering or who has just finished an academic programme. B2 English (Upper Intermediate) ESL proficiency certificate or equivalent proficiency in the English language is required. 




Stuart Duffin


Across my career, I have worked in the not-for-profit sector to secure peoples’ rights and access to justice: whether that is housing, employment, equality or citizenship. I have taught Law, Social Analysis and Community Development as an associate professor at Carlow Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Brunel University, Queen Margaret University, Glasgow University, Hitotsubashi University, London School of Economics, Roehampton University and the University of West London. As an adviser to the University of Stockholm’s Families and Societies programme I have helped to shape public policy and practice at EU level, and for local, national and international governments. Currently, I sit on the Law Society of Scotland; I am chair of the Scottish Union of Supported Employment, a national charity working on supported employment; a member of the international working group on the litigant in person; and a trustee of the EMAS Foundation.


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Suren Rasaily


I have worked with several national and international organisations for twenty years on research and development of community based prevention strategies to prevent human trafficking and systematic child abuse. I have trained development professionals on prevention strategies extensively in South East Asia and helped them develop sustainable community based clubs to combat human trafficking. These include identifying volunteers, mobilising local resources, and valuing community ideas and relationships with other government and non-government stakeholders. I have assisted in developing community training curriculum (Family Strengthening Manual 1 &2) and Bhitri Sundarta and Saahas (girls and boys empowerment curriculum) which are used as tools to empower local communities and prevent young boys and girls from trafficking. I have worked with Global Family since 2009 and currently oversee projects in Nepal.


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Charity Watters


Charity is an experienced researcher and practitioner in the field of anti-modern slavery. She is the Head of Programmes at Global Family Care Network, an international organisation that prevents human trafficking and provides comprehensive, trauma-informed services to survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Charity has authored several key reports on anti-modern slavery intervention effectiveness in the past two years and has recently served as a member of the United Nations Delta 8.7 Justice Working Group. She has also worked as a consultant on a number of other research projects related to modern slavery as well as health policy reform and health systems strengthening. She specialises in programme implementation and evaluation, systematic reviews, and mixed methods research.


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  • In-Person at St. James Research Centre (SJRC) in Falkirk, Scotland - GBP 1175
  • Online Learning - GBP 750*


* UK nationals receive a 70% discount on all courses (use code 'SJRCUK' at checkout)
* Students who enrol in online courses and do not require USA university credit and transcript receive a 70% discount (use code 'SJRCDISCOUNT' at checkout)

PC300 Strengthening Underserved Communities

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