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Youth Specialist Course- THEORY TO PRACTICE:

Youth Experts is a term not so broadly used in the relatively emerging youth-based model to sustainable development. AT CDA International, we define it as providing practical skills and “Academic” information available about exemplary activism, grant administration, programming, advocacy, strategizing, partnerships and popular and/or intellectual participation in a manner that provides antecedents and evidence based best practice strategies and help advance the youth driven approach to sustainable development programming, aid, policy development and implementation amongst others.

Whether you are an adult or young individual seeking to enhance your specialization or you are an institution/agency supporting youth programs, we hope to guide and “inspire” you on your certification towards expertise development.



Democracy and Citizenship Training for Youth

Every day the need for Civil society organizations to respond to the ideal opportunity in their role as agent of social forces that guide the shaping of Governance and Nationality, which in turn strengthens democracy. And just as there is no such thing as (choose from either-model democracy or leadership transfer) we don’t’ believe there only one way to ensure the egalitarian principles of our nations and continents governance and support for integration and nationalism.

Citizenship and Democracy is not all about establishing electorate and a liable leadership; it is also about engendering young people to experience their environment, investigate its primordial propensities essential to achieving sustainable development.  We trust that perceptions held about the world, its people and nations and its history are important to citizenship values and consolidating democracy for national sovereignty in a globalising world. Therefore this course will help young people with variety of approaches-they must be able to critically analyse articles and statements and speeches vis-à-vis the country’s socio-economic situation and apply principles of elections and accountability and the power to form opinion through debate- that will help them examine their society and become active and engaged citizens.


Public Policy Advocacy Training

This is a prototype by CDA International as a project of its Institute for Youth Studies and Development Research for youth experts, developed after the original instrument Policy Maker 2.3 produced by the Professor of International Health Policy, Michael Reich of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. The course is a computer interactive, exercise and learning tool to help youth advocates and strategist to effectively manage a constituency base; analyze, understand, and plan strategies to promote the issues of policy concern to young people as a mainstream of national policy financing and implementation; by also understanding the targets adult-age and what they want; recognizing the common denominator of their communication dissonance.

This process began under a grant of the Ford Foundation, Office for West Africa in 2003/2004 through the IIE to document the situation of Development planning, financing and implementation towards the MDGs from a Youth Lens.Engaging in the policy process is a demanding activity. How do young people transmogrify youth policy issues into strong socio-economic and political even international payoffs?

This course provides the beneficiaries with theoretical, case studies and exercises that helps them understand political dynamics of decision making as it affects the policy process of formulation and domestication, budgeting and implementation, monitoring and review etc, and then for youth organizations to develop and institutionalize an advocacy plan for systematic fund raising.


Constitutional Journalism

Africa’s developing societies finds her in what Defluer (1970) attributed to circumstances that limit the application of theories, or that reduce their potential benefits. An example is the premise of the Social Responsibility Theory, which advocates that the interest of the society is paramount, and should take precedence over that of any group, individual or investor. Olubunmi A (2003:78) concludes that the theory advocates the interest of the society should be elevated above the profit motive of the media-owners. 

The media can be constructive and positively critical to focus attention on those attributes necessary for the quantum leap essential to engage in a globalized world especially on the side of Youths, who form the bedrock of the nations output of constructive energy as a form of human resources.

And yet, the youth movement [if you like] in general has long been critical of the mass media, charging that they are deeply implicated in reinforcing patterns of discrimination against youths in society. An analysis of age roles and stereotype indicates that few reports deal with issues of special concern to young people or reflect a youth’s perspective particularly in cases of violence and conflict.

 In the reporting of development activities, it would help the media to be youth sensitive in the use of language for example, whether professional or popular that will not tend to reinforce the “hierarchal” bias constructed against young people by a tendency to disparage them. This is where we need to establish a mechanism that facilitates access to data on youth resources [material & human] to the media in the systematic way.


Strategic Management and Leadership

Changes in National, Regional and the International political situation and the emphasis on the international cooperation agenda are redefining the substance and surroundings of development assistance and administration. These changes are bringing to mind new strategic management practices, where external and internal environmental analysis is used to determine basic roles and overall strategic positions and missions.


Training Methods

The CDA training approach is flexible and incorporates a variety of training methods that enable proponents, advocates, strategist, researchers, grant makers, state functionaries and programme managers to respond to Africa’s, development financing, human resource development and leadership challenges.

These range from formal lectures or tutorials to seminars and workshops, or to more informal internships and mentoring programmes. Formal training is tempered with group discussion and practical fieldwork for a well-balanced approach.

To complement lecture sessions, CDA provides computer facilities for participants to independently develop presentations for practice and feedback.


Air travel and Accommodation

Airfare or surface travel costs, transit expenses, Per Diem (accommodation and meals), and other incidental expenses are the responsibilities of participants and/or their sponsoring organizations. Participants are also advised to obtain appropriate travel and health insurance.

Applicants can apply for the subvention provided through by our partners, however CDA cannot assist with fundraising for applicants and due to the limited capacity of our available scholarship we encourage interested applicant to make an early effort to alternative funding. For residential course applicants, CDA has compiled a list of hotels with discounted rates.


Cancellation Policy

To cancel participation in a course and therefore be entitled to refund of the paid course fee, the individual or sponsor will give 7 days notice in writing prior to commencement of the course. Refund of course fees paid, following proper cancellation, will be made less a 10% administrative charge.



This covers administrative and instructional costs, text, materials, supplies, health insurance, field trips, and airport pick-up and drop-off and certificate awards.

This amount is payable to CDA at three weeks before commencement of the course. The course fee can be paid by certified cheque or through bank draft drawn in the name of “Centre for Dev. Action”. Payments by cheque are not recognized until the cheque has been cleared. To facilitate direct payment to the bank, participants should call CDA to obtain the details. Cash payment is also allowed.


Funding and Scholarship

Applicants are advised to seek financial assistance from bilateral and multilateral agencies and organizations operating in their own countries.  In order to reserve a place in one of CDA courses, it is advisable to indicate confirmed funding at least eight weeks before commencement of the course. Participants are advised to ensure that payments are made by the sponsoring agency before the training programme begins.


How to apply for CDA courses

Interested persons should contact the Headquarters or Project Office(s) in Bauchi and Calabar for course application forms. Completed application forms should be submitted to the Programmes Director at the address below. Online application forms can also be accessed at the CDA website below.


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