INTRODUCING IDP’s newest course: Understanding Community Development – a QQI Level 5 accredited course held with support from Donegal ETB Community Education Programme.

Starting next Wednesday, April 26th, the course will take place over the course of eight Wednesdays fro,10am – 4pm in the IDP Buncrana office.

The course is being delivered by Francine Blache Breen.

This is a great opportunity to be part of the module, connect in with others, and focus on community development and its core principles and values.

Places are limited so booking for this is advised by emailing or calling IDP on 93-62218 for more information on the course itself.

The cost for the eight week course is €40 – see below for the full course content

Indicative Course Content

Understanding Community Development – QQI Level 5 5N1901

Francine Blaché-Breen – Facilitator

  • Introduction & brief history of Community Development in Ireland;
  • Community Development as ‘the 3rd sector of the economy’;
  • Examining critical analysis vs criticism;
  • Examine key concepts in Community Development including participation, collective action, collective outcomes, empowerment, equality, activism, social change, poverty, social exclusion, examination of power dynamics, sustainability;
  • What is Community? Distinction between Community Development & community activity;
  • Defining the term ‘stakeholder’ and examining various stakeholders within the community and Community Development;
  • Introduce the concept of Community Profiling and uses of local analysis;
  • Power & powerlessness;
  • Examination of Equality/Inequality as a key concept in Community Development;
  • Examining Community Development organisations;
  • Examining the history of Social Movements in Ireland;
  • Community Development & Peacebuilding.


While delivery of content through lecture & presentation will be necessary, where and when it is possible, small group discussion and exercises will be used to engage participants with topics and concepts.