A Certificate in Sustainable Development Practice:

Topics include:
What do developing nations need to become developed?
The difference between charity, humanitarian relief, and development
Why international non-profits need an “exit-strategy"?
Why international non-profits need an “exit-strategy"?
How international non-profits can make a graceful exit
The impacts of investing in women
Community-Led vs. Community-Driven Approaches
How to know if your model is sustainable?
How to know if your model is sustainable?
Impact vs. Outcomes
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This training is beneficial for: 

  • Emerging professionals or founders who want to enter humanitarian and development sector

  • Nonprofit and NGO practitioners who want to apply best practice in an international context

  • Religious and charitable organizational leaders or staff members

Objectives and Course Outcomes: 

  • Define the difference between charity, relief/humanitarian aid, and development

  • Understand the elements that define a “developed” vs. “developing” country

  • Examine the relationships between various economic sectors to better understand on a broad scale how different macroeconomic entities work in synergy to generate stable societies (circular-flow)

  • Explore how NGOs and nonprofits can disrupt the virtuous economic flow that ideally should be self-generating and sustained by societies

  • Explore the impacts and advantages of community-led development

  • Understand the impact/influence foreigners can have in a developing nation, and learn how to prevent foreign influence from disrupting local community’s progress

  • Discern ways to stop the cycle of dependency that many charitable efforts create

Educational Methodologies: 

  • Examine case-studies of community led initiatives

  • Review video interviews and testimonials from professionals in the field

  • Discussion with other cohort members to develop solutions for issues presented in the case-studies

  • Discuss: why we need to ensure that each entity can function effectively 

  • Discuss: how charity can hurt more than help

  • Examine and critique case studies of existing organizations that contributed to the cycle of dependency

  • Reflections

  • Students offer feedback on each other’s ideas


  • From Aid to Trade: book and interview (Market Alignment)

  • Emanate International Interviews

  • Articles and pdfs supplied by the instructor

  • Optional: When Helping Hurts, Toxic Charity, The Prosperity Paradox

Tangible Take Aways:

  • Create a business plan for an initiative, program, or entire organization to ensure that your organizations model demonstrates best practice

  • Develop and/or apply metrics for sustainability

  • Optional: in the future after having proven success, the mission or organization will be eligible for Emanate International’s seal of Sustainable Impact.

Dates are subject to the learners needs! Email us to coordinate the dates that work best for you. 

Have questions or just want to try one course?

We offer individual webinars too.

Contact: [email protected]