Courses in Community-Driven Development

At SOPAR-Bala Vikasa, we are passionate about sharing the experience and knowledge we have gained over the last 40 years from working in International cooperation and sustainable community development in India.

That is why, for the past 20 years, we have been offering courses in community driven development at our People’s Development Training Center (PDTC) in Warangal, Telangana, India to individuals from all over the world who are interested in gaining in depth knowledge about how they can create real change in the lives of poor communities.

About our community-driven development (CDD) training

Our CDD training is for individuals who are looking for an enriching learning experience. Participants will develop a better understanding of community development, its concepts, and approaches. The training takes place in India at the People’s Development Training Center in Warangal, Telangana, India and is offered by Bala Vikasa, our sister organization.

Through our hands-on training by specialists, participants will gain a better understanding of what community-driven development is, what concepts it is based on, what forms it takes and what tools it uses.

CDD Training is…

  • Concrete community development strategies, based on 40 years of experience
  • Field project visits: field observation of our internationally recognized approach and practices
  • Practical training with development experts
  • Multicultural experience: course participants come from all over the world
  • Professional development
  • Participatory approach
  • Campus-like environment at the People Development Training Center
  • Training accredited by certain Canadian universities

Interested? You are eligible if…

  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • You are you fluent in spoken and written English
  • You have an interest in sustainable development?
  • You want to meet other people from around the world who care about helping others


Our 1-month training is offered 4 times a year:

  • January
  • September
  • November
  • July (2 weeks only).

Each week consists of 5 days of theory and practice, a field day, and a rest day.



Participants will pay $2,000 to cover the cost of the training. This includes:

  • 1-month training
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • Field project visits

(Participants are responsible for the following expenses: Plane tickets and Visa; vaccinations; insurances and personal expenses)

“The CDD training in India was a great educational opportunity for me. Being a project management student, this training allowed me to see a whole new perspective. We often think of technical concepts, strategic planning or management tools, often neglecting the human aspect and personal skills necessary for the proper conduct of projects. Training program is designed in a way that you learn new concepts and then go see the concrete results of these concepts during field visits. I discovered so much about Indian culture but also I got the opportunity to exchange with participants from other countries. The amalgam of cultures and the diversity of the participants’ professional experiences made it possible to analyse challenges from multiple points of view and was very stimulating. Much more than professional relationships, it is friendships that were woven”

Camille Noel

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