Development must be understood both as a general social phenomenon – the result of complex processes of change that are going on around us every day – and as a kind of goal or desired outcome: the sustained improvements in human wellbeing that programmes of guided change seek to bring about in a particular place. Read more Read less

Students of development need to have a good understanding of the current paradigms of development, and the various factors that impact development inventions at a policy, programmatic and community level.

This course addresses these issues with reference to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions, especially within rural contexts, providing a critical overview of the historic and emerging trends in the WASH sector. It will also equip participants with relevant tools and methodologies for the management and implementation of WASH development interventions.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,400

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss the concepts of development, community and community development, and evaluate how these shape the WASH sector
  • Identify and explain historical and emerging trends in the practices and policies of rural water supply and sanitation in low and middle income countries
  • Explain the complexities of "getting things done" in development, especially at the community level (knowing our limits!)
  • Apply relevant tools and methodologies (e.g.. LogFrames, Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks ) that can (sometimes) help "get things done" in development
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative social research methods that can be used to monitor and evaluate WASH development interventions. 

Core content

  • Key Concepts in Development
  • Community Management of WASH
  • Sustainability in WASH
  • Multiple-Use Services
  • Behavioural Change
  • Institutional Change
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Social Research Methods
  • Theory of Change & Logical Frameworks.

Accommodation options and prices

Fees include tuition, course materials and full board accommodation for the duration of the programme.

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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