IDB Certificate – How does citizen participation contribute to government climate agendas?

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About this course

To access the course, you must create an account on WiConnect. You will get an email with a link to complete your registration online. Moreover, you will be able to access more Premium content, connect with potential partners for your development projects, and visibility your organization.

The course demonstrates that climate actions are greatly enhanced when effective links are established between the different actors of development and consideration is given to the criteria of accessibility, sustainability, relevance, gender equality and social equity. The course is offered at no cost with financing from the IDB Group.


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Course details

In their efforts to implement a climate agenda, relevant stakeholders must know in depth the theory and concepts behind the global and regional agreements and plans proposed to mitigate and/or adapt to the effects of climate change. The following introductory notes provide the contextual background for this course. Participants are encouraged to review these concepts, especially if involved in the promotion of government or civil society-led climate actions that seek to support the transition to resilient, carbon-neutral economies.

This online self-paced course and congratulations for taking the opportunity to embark on this unique training experience. Over the following weeks, you will review the learning material and complete the assessments at your own pace. The objective is to make you reflect, associate and/or apply new knowledge to the concepts you may have learned during previous trainings and/or to your experience regarding citizen participation in addressing the challenges and problems of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Participant requirements

The course requires approximately 24 hours of work distributed along its 6 weeks duration. The weekly workload will therefore be between 3 and 5 hours.

Who should enroll

This course is targeted at citizens and representatives from civil society organizations as well as local, provincial and national government officials and private sector individuals involved in or wishing to participate in climate agenda initiatives in their countries. Accordingly, participants should preferably:

  • Have an interest in receiving training so they can articulate projects that counteract the effects of climate change in all contexts.
  • Possess general knowledge about the global climate agenda and its regulatory frameworks.
  • Be proficient in the use of Internet for browsing, searching, selecting and using information related to climate change.
  • Possess basic office management skills.

Course goals

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Discern the 5 levels of government-civil society engagement in the context of a country’s climate agenda.
  2. Describe the main features of a good engagement practice to ensure compliance with the quality criteria of a climate change agenda.
  3. Validate the 4 quality criteria of good engagement practices.
  4. Examine some examples of good engagement practices with civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  5. Identify elements of good engagement practices that may be replicated in the climate agendas of other countries.


Upon completion of the INDES online course, participants receive a certificate according to the following conditions:

  • Certificate of course completion: If you meet the conditions for participation in the course and earn a point total more than 80.


Module 1. Information

  • In this module, participants will understand that engaging in climate change actions at the information level requires making environmental data and references available to the public, and collecting information that is relevant for development decision-making.

Module 2. Dialogue

  • In this module, participants will recognize the need to systematically create spaces that strengthen constructive relationships between the actors involved in climate change adaptation and mitigation projects so that they can come together, build trust, know other approaches to policies, projects and strategies, and exchange experiences on specific topics and sectors.

Module 3. Consultation

  • In this module, participants will identify the benefits of public consultations with relevant individuals and/or stakeholders in order to incorporate relevant inputs into a country’s climate initiative.

Module 4. Collaboration

  • In this module, participants will realize the importance of contributing to climate agenda implementation by generating knowledge products and strengthening the region’s human capital with inputs from various development actors.

Module 5. Partnership

  • In this module, participants will analyze the relevance of promoting funding to civil society organizations (CSOs) for the implementation of a project or component of a climate project in cases where funding visibly contributes to improving its effectiveness.



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Additional resources

You can download our latest publication: ‘Governments and Civil Society Advancing Climate Agendas.’

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