International Course on Leadership for Community Health and Development

The Asian Health Institute (AHI), founded in 1980, is a Japanese non-governmental voluntary organization (NGO) committed to supporting the development of well-being and well-doing of the marginalized in Asia. Since its establishment, AHI has been working for human resource development through participatory training programs, based on its philosophy of “Sharing for Self-Help”. These training programs offer opportunities throughout Asia for middle-level community-based health and development workers to enhance their capabilities as: 
  1. community organizers and trainers in health and development issues; 
  2. facilitators for people's organizations (POs) and local governments (GO) towards participatory local governance; and 
  3. middle-level managers to empower their own organizations through participatory management.  Moreover, AHI promotes ongoing networking among former participants and their organizations to strengthen overall NGO effectiveness in responding to the health needs of the people. 


This course aims to enhance the leadership quality of the participants so they can effectively facilitate the empowerment of people's organizations through partnership and collaboration among NGOs, POs, GOs and other partners in health.
During the course, the participants will be able to: -brush up analytical skills around health and development issues at the local and global levels, -discuss the effects of global and macro trends such as globalization, decentralization, and health sector reform on the poor and the vulnerable,
-clarify key terms in health and development such as primary health care, health promotion, decentralization, local governance, etc.
-seek alternative development perspectives and the role of NGOs, POs, and GOs
-revisit the principles of people's organization formation and find effective approaches for capability building -explore effective strategies to promote people’s participation in local governance and applications to health -discuss potential roles of the health sector in conflict prevention and peace building
-enhance their own participatory concepts and skills in field activities, training, and organizational management and enhance their own attitudes and values to become more effective community health and development workers
-formulate their own plans of action, incorporating their learning and insights from the course.


This course applies participatory training methodology and it is not a technical or theoretical course on how to become a good leader or manager. Details of the course schedule, contents, and methods will be planned by the participants with AHI facilitators.

The main resource persons are participants themselves to learn from one another through sharing experiences and to enhance leadership quality as community-based health and development workers. Sharing in session and out of session tasks by multi-cultural groups will be integral part of the course.


Primary participants are NGO workers. However, NGO applicants may invite qualified PO leaders, who have been working in the same area toward a common goal and can present their concrete experiences in English on PO formation and participation in local governance in health.

In line with our standard financial sharing policy, AHI will be responsible for:
  • Training expenses
  • Board and lodging during the course period
  • Domestic transportation expenses incurred within Japan
  • Half of the airfare (domestic and international) to and from Nagoya, Japan using the most economic direct route with minimum transit expenses and the airport tax(es). 


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