Rural Development and After Crisis Development Course

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We are proud to offer this course in a variety of training formats to suit your needs. We use the highest quality learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable as possible. Our face to face calendar allows you to choose any classroom course of your choice to be delivered at any venue of your choice - offering you the ultimate in convenience and value for money.

June 2024

Code Date Duration Location Fee Action
RDA22 17 Jun 2024 - 28 Jun 2024 10 days Kisumu, Kenya KES 165,000 | $2,200 Register
RDA22 17 Jun 2024 - 28 Jun 2024 10 days Kampala, Uganda $3,300 Register
RDA22 17 Jun 2024 - 28 Jun 2024 10 days Accra, Ghana $4,400 Register
RDA22 24 Jun 2024 - 5 Jul 2024 10 days Nakuru, Kenya KES 166,000 | $2,200 Register
RDA22 24 Jun 2024 - 5 Jul 2024 10 days Pretoria, South Africa $4,400 Register
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June 2024

17 Jun - 28 Jun 2024
10 days
KES 165,000 $2,200
17 Jun - 28 Jun 2024
10 days
17 Jun - 28 Jun 2024
10 days
24 Jun - 5 Jul 2024
10 days
KES 166,000 $2,200
24 Jun - 5 Jul 2024
10 days
I Want To See More Dates...

Unfortunately, we do not have any dates scheduled at this time. Do you have a date in mind when you would like to take your training?

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This training guide has been designed for use in introductory rural and microfinance training courses. While the fundamentals of development finance and approaches in microfinance apply to rural finance, there are particular issues and characteristics that must be understood and taken into account in order to address rural, and in particular agricultural, finance. Some knowledge of market development services would also be helpful.


It is aimed primarily at people who work in rural financial institutions, government and non-government development agencies, MFIs, banks, and donors who advise and work with rural populations and communities


10 days

Course Level:


By the end of the course, the participant should be able:

  • Explain and critically review current debates in rural development regarding rural livelihoods and the respective roles of markets, the state, institutions, property rights, agriculture and the rural non-farm economy.
  • Critically evaluate past and existing attempts to supply rural services, such as infrastructure, finance, research and extension, health and education.
  • Analyze critically alternative rural development policies in terms of their potential impact on rural poverty, equity and economic growth, taking account of different regional and geographical circumstances.
  • Outline and evaluate different approaches to the management of land and water resources and their potential impact on rural development goals.
  • Understand the special challenges of rural areas that are traditionally associated with rural and agricultural credit directed to the poor.
  • Build a deeper understanding of the fundamental issues of rural finance.
  • Have skills in conducting a rural and agricultural portfolio assessment and loan analysis – applying 5 C’s in rural finance.
  • Be familiar with several innovative models and alternate ways of offering rural finance services.
  • Gain skills in conducting seasonality analysis, preparing cash flows, assessing risk and appraising loans.
  • Develop an understanding of new and innovative loan products and savings approaches for agriculture and rural areas.
  • Gain awareness of sources and reference links to further information and support for addressing future challenges in the application of financial services in rural areas.
  • Apply participatory approaches in community development
  • Apply different strategies and tools to bring about rural development and manage crisis


Module 1

  • The rural non-farm economy
  • What is the Rural Non-Farm Economy?
  • Determinants to access to Non-farm Rural Employment and Income
  • Policies and Interventions for Growth 15 of the Rural Non-Farm Economy
  • Promote the Growth of the Rural Non-Farm Economy

Module 2

  • Agricultural research and extension
  • The framework of development
  • Understanding extension
  • Social and cultural factors in extension
  • Extension and communication
  • Extension methods
  • The extension agent
  • The planning and evaluation of extension programmes
  • Extension and special target groups

Module 3

  • Practical integrated approaches to rural development
  • Concepts of rural development
  • Effective Approaches for Rural Development
  • Improvement of Human Capabilities

Module 4

  • Introduction of smart skills for rural development
  • Using a skills-based approach
  • Organizing the team
  • Ensuring sustainability
  • Building a training plan

Module 5

  • New opportunities for rural development

The evolution of rural development policies

Module 6

  • Models of rural development
  • Sectorial model
  • Multi - sectoral model
  • Territorial model

Module 7

  • Indicators for rural development and after crisis monitoring

Table 1. Indicators and methods in different development contexts



Indicative methods



Farm incomes
Agricultural population

Farm models
Enterprise and commodity studies

Narrow focus misses significant determinants of rural welfare


Farm household income
Employment and unemployment
Local value added
Employment incomes

Household surveys
Input-output analysis
Cost per job created

May still be limited to agriculture sector
Misses social and environmental issues


Population change
Proportion of population in disadvantage
Average incomes
Levels of service provision

Cost-benefit analysis

Misses variations in incomes and welfare amongst population and specific local circumstances


Social indicators
Numbers of people in particular circumstances
Individual experiences

Case studies
Qualitative analysis
Deliberative methods

Capacity to consider full range of experiences but problems with quantification and aggregation
High transactions costs

Module 8

  • Role of actors in rural development and after crisis development
  • Rural Community Leader’s Toolbox
  • Group Decision-Making Processes and Tools
  • Understanding Personality Types (MBTI)
  • Developing Community-Led Strategic Planning Processes
  • Ways to Deal with Conflict in Communities
  • Developing Projects and Managing Volunteers
  • Light, Quick, and Cheap Strategies for Your Downtown
  • How to Organize and Train a Local Economic Vitality Team

Module 9

  • Monitoring and evaluation for rural development
  • Planning, monitoring and evaluation for development results
  • Planning for monitoring and evaluation
  • Planning for results: Practical applications
  • Planning for monitoring and evaluation
  • Enhancing the use of knowledge from monitoring and evaluation

Module 10

  • Key concepts for integrated rural development
  • Communication Development planning for agricultural and rural development
  • Communication for agriculture and rural development
  • Integrating communication development in project design
  • Communication development planning
  • Mainstreaming communication development at country
  • Tips for effective use of communication for rural development
  • Implementing a Communication Development initiative

Module 11

  • Culture and work
  • Sustainable Local Food production
  • Art & Festival in agriculture
  • Migration and resilience in rural development
  • Integrated Landscape Management

Module 12

  • Participatory Communication Development planning
  • Implementing a Communication Development initiative
  • Creating a window of opportunity for policy change
  • Strategic planning approaches for development
  • Livelihood and essential basic skills
  • The market access and rural development
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene basics
  • Planning of recovery from disaster
  • Disaster recovery procedure
  • Recovery plan for mobile site
  • Restoring the entire system

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Course Administration Details:


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute(IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).


The training will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments and lunch.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email:[email protected].  

Mob: +254 715 077 817


This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817.

Mob: +254 792516000+254 792516010 or mail [email protected]


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank before the course start date.

Send proof of payment to [email protected]

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