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

Dates
09/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Format
Online

About this course
Upon finishing this course, you may opt for an additional certificate by FLACSO Argentina by submitting one final assignment. The certificate is valid for 24 credits for the Master’s Program on Law and Economics of Climate Change.
Questions: cambioclimatico@flacso.org.ar

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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

This is an online self-paced course, meaning that you will review the learning material and complete the assessments at your own pace. In addition to the intuitive navigation structure of the virtual environment, the course has a set of readings, audiovisual resources and hyperlinks to other materials and electronic sites, in order to facilitate the appropriation of learning and make the evaluation process more effective.

The dynamics of the course will be based on the individual content review, which will allow the participant to learn about the relationship between civil society and governments on climate change agendas. Each module has an evaluation with a percentage of incidence on the total points that the participant must achieve to pass the course.

As it is a self-regulated course, it is essential that the participant is constant and systematic with the weekly dedication time required by the course, hence its regular connection to the virtual classroom is particularly critical.

Texts, audiovisual material and hyperlinks are distributed throughout the course; the review of most of them is mandatory, since their analysis is essential to carry out the evaluations of each module. Other resources whose reading is highly recommended are also made available, as they aim to consolidate acquired learning and enrich the perspective on the contents studied. The course structure and schedule shown below contains the homework schedule for the weeks of the course.

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 any context.
  • 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 automation 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.

Certificate

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 equal or above 80.

Team

Juan Cristóbal Bonnefoy

Head of the Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development

INDES-IDB

Flavia Milano

Head of Citizen Engagement and Civil Society

Vice-Presidency for Countries, IDB

Irene Irazábal

Coordinator of the Citizen Engagement Training Program

Vicepresidencia de Países, IDB

Stella Porto

Coordinator, Virtual Classroom

INDES-IDB

Sonia Filippin

Coordinator, Virtual Course

INDES-IDB

María Enriqueta Ponce

Instructional Designer

INDES-IDB

Content

Module 1. Information

  • Define the level of information linkage for the implementation of relationship actions between government stakeholders and civil society, in the context of the climate agenda.
  • Describe the essential features of a good information practice.
  • Recognize the importance of the relationship between government and civil society, in order to achieve a transparent, timely and understandable flow of information.
  • Observe compliance with criteria of accessibility, sustainability, relevance and social and gender equity in some good information practices.

Module 2. Dialogue

  • Define the level of dialogue relationship for the implementation of relationship actions between government actors and civil society, in the context of the climate agenda.
  • Describe the essential features of good dialogue practice.
  • Observe compliance with criteria of accessibility, sustainability, relevance and social and gender equity in some good dialogue practices.

Module 3. Consultation

  • Define the consultation relationship level for the implementation of relationship actions between government actors and civil society, in the context of the climate agenda.
  • Describe the essential features of good consultation practice.
  • Observe compliance with criteria of accessibility, sustainability, relevance and social and gender equity in some good consultation practices.

Module 4. Collaboration

  • Define the level of collaborative relations for the implementation of relations actions between government actors and civil society, in the context of the climate agenda.
  • Describe the essential features of good collaboration practice.
  • Observe compliance with criteria of accessibility, sustainability, relevance and social and gender equity in some good collaboration practices.

Module 5. Partnerships

  • Define the level of alliance relations for the implementation of relations actions between government actors and civil society, in the context of the climate agenda.
  • Describe the essential features of a good partnership practice.
    Observe compliance with criteria of accessibility, sustainability, relevance and social and gender equity in some good partnership practices.

 

 

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Additional resources

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