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May 6, 2021 | Volume 11, Issue 23

Capacity Strengthening Opportunities

Explore upcoming workshops, trainings, and more


 Photo Credit: Robert McKechnie / Save the Children Australia

The FSN Network encourages you to explore our second Special Issue Newsletter specifically dedicated to capacity strengthening opportunities. These opportunities were collected through the food security and nutrition community, including contributions from IDEAL, PRO-WASH, SCALE, REAL, and other learning mechanisms, such as the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) and USAID Advancing Nutrition

Have additional capacity strengthening opportunities you'd like to share with the community in future special edition newsletters? Email us at

Note: The FSN Network does not officially endorse or financially benefit from any of the opportunities featured in this newsletter. 


Introduction to Human-Centered Design
Acumen Academy | May 11, 2021 | Online | No Cost

This is an online course taught by that teaches participants to use a four-step process to design solutions that meet the needs of the people you serve.

FAO E-Learning Academy
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) | Ongoing | Online | No Cost

Variety of online courses in areas such as food security, social and economic development and sustainable management of natural resources, all supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Working with Qualitative Data: An Introduction to Coding and Thematic Analysis
American Evaluation Association | May 18-27, 2021 | Online | Cost: $250 - $300

This course introduces participants to coding and thematic analysis, two foundational strategies for working with qualitative data. The workshop features hands-on, skill-building opportunities and presents a set of guiding questions that evaluators can use to focus analyses and consider essential ethical issues such as positionality and cultural competence.

Implementing a Successful Voucher Program
DisasterReady | Ongoing | Online | No Cost

This is an on-demand online course that explores the best practices for planning, designing, and implementing a successful voucher program in a humanitarian crisis situation. Learn the key steps and process to designing a successful voucher program in the Introduction to Vouchers course. Then, practice what you have learned by implementing a voucher program in a humanitarian crisis situation through an interactive online simulation.

Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Design Guide Community of Practice
USAID Advancing Nutrition | Ongoing | Online | No Cost

This Community of Practice provides tailored support to members facilitating the Design Guide workshop for their activity teams and applying included concepts to programming and also fosters knowledge-sharing between members about their experiences related to the Design Guide. To address common challenges related to designing nutrition-sensitive agriculture programming, the Designing Effective Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Activities Workshop supports activities in selecting contextually appropriate outcomes, interventions, and indicators.

The Orange Knowledge Programme
Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation | June 22, 2022 | Online | Cost Varies

Are you a professional and do you want to develop your skills in sustainable and inclusive food systems, to tackle the major challenges our society is facing? Then this is your chance to improve your knowledge during an online postgraduate course. The Orange Knowledge Programme is a Dutch global development program, available in several developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organization for internationalization in education.

REAL Short Course in Resilience Measurement
REAL | Ongoing | Online | No Cost

This short course consists of four recorded webinar sessions based on REAL Guidance Notes where you will learn how to apply the guidance in your work. The topics covered in this short course include: Risk and Resilience Assessments; Design and Planning for Resilience Monitoring & Evaluation at the Activity Level; Measuring Shocks, Stresses, and Resilience Capacities & Analyzing Resilience; and Recurrent Monitoring Surveys.

CaLP’s Cash Learning Hub
The Cash and Learning Partnership (CaLP) | Ongoing | Online | No Cost

This hub provides a space for facilitators and trainers to access and download CaLP's face-to-face training materials. In total there are 10 courses available in English, some of those are in French, Spanish and Arabic. Recently, CaLP has updated the content of the "Linking Social Protection and CVA" course, as well as the "Market Assessment Tools Training" training materials. They also made available the "CVA – The Fundamentals" course for remote delivery.

Finance for Sustainable WASH Systems
IRC WASH Systems Academy | August 23, 2021 | Online | No Cost

Developed in collaboration with IRC,, and Water For People, this course brings together the latest thinking from around the world to equip you with the insights and tools to accelerate finance for more resilient WASH systems that can deliver sustainable services to all. By the end of the course, participants will have a good understanding of finance as an essential part of sustainable WASH systems.

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning
Institute of Development Studies (IDS) | June 14 - July 16, 2021 | Online | £1,250

This online course builds on the deep historical experience with participatory approaches and methods that the Institute of Development Studies has pioneered and shares new frontier methods for quality implementation of participatory processes at scale to support learning-focused and complexity-aware M&E systems. 

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This newsletter is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of the Implementer-led Design, Evidence, Analysis, and Learning (IDEAL) Activity and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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