Training “Leadership and Working with Groups” Enrolment

20866594426_76303def1f_kI. INTRODUCTION

Youth Drivers for Change project is being implemented by the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) with seed funding provided by Irish Aid. The project aims to build the capacity of voluntary, youth-led, community based organisations to generate social action that will contribute positively to the on-going development of Vietnam.

The central focus of the project is on young people and their involvement in youth groups and youth clubs on the local level. A core group of young people identified as potential leaders will be provided with initial training in research methodology and mentoring to assist in conducting consultations with youth organisations to ascertain their capacity building needs. Following further training in group facilitation, project management and development issues these youth leaders will transfer the skills and knowledge they have gained to other young people in youth groups and support them to initiate community projects of their own, using a peer education model.

We are calling for 20 young and dynamic applicants to attend the Training Leadership and Working with Groups from 8-12 Aug 2016. The overall aim of this module is to enable participants to explore and develop the crucial role of leadership that they may exercise in, and with groups, especially in a development context.  This will be achieved by focusing upon theories, practices and experiences of key issues such as group dynamics, models and styles of leadership, communication, conflict, power, and decision-making in group settings.


Duration:  8-12 Aug 2016 (5 days, from 8h00 am – 17h00 pm)

Location: Resort outside of Hanoi center

Cost: The program will cover lunches, teabreaks, training materials, transportation from CSDS officer to training venue (not includes the transportation from participant’s location to CSDS office)

Participants will deposit 500.000 VND and will be refunded after the training program finishes.

Trainer: Mr. Paddy Reilly, Former Executive Director, Kimmage Development Studies Centre – Kimmage DSC, Ireland.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module it is expected that participants:

  • will obtain a knowledge of different styles and roles, and the scope of leadership within their own context and in terms of development work
  • will have an understanding of how relationships of power, conflict, can be identified and addressed within group settings
  • will have an awareness of group dynamics and an appreciation of appropriate responses by leaders in order to ensure groups can work effectively


The module will be run according to participatory principles and approaches and will draw upon the personal learning and practical experiences of participants.


The training is designed for 20 young people (18 – 28 years old) who are living in Vietnam and:

  • Are leaders or core members of youth groups and youth clubs;  youth workers
  • Have experience in youth activities/ community development
  • Can communicate fluently in English
  • Commit to fully attend training  and follow the tasks given by facilitation team to spread the lessons you will have learned and use them to improve your team in real life.
  • Are open-minded, creative and active
  • Interview: 26-27 July 2016 (via Skype)
  • Result announcement: 29 July 2016


Fill in the following application form link by 23h59 pm on 24 July 2016

  • Contact:
  • Phan Nga, Programme Assistant, Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS)
  • Email:
  • Tel: 04-62601094


The Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) is a Vietnamese non-profit organization legally registered in 2009. CSDS is addressing development issues in Vietnam with particular focuses on climate change for environment protection, women empowerment through sustainable livelihood support, children support through social inclusion, youth development through international exchange, non-formal education and youth social initiatives support.  For more information, please visit:

Irish Aid is Ireland’s official aid programme, working on behalf of Irish people to address poverty and hunger in some of the world’s poorest countries. Irish Aid engages in and support development and provide humanitarian assistance with a particular focus on reducing poverty and hunger in sub-Saharan Africa.For more information, please visit:

Kimmage Development Studies Center: For 40 years, Kimmage DSC has facilitated education and training for development practitioners working in a range of occupations from over 65 countries.  Kimmage DSC has strong reputation in Development Studies in Ireland and abroad and offer an inter-cultural and experience-based learning environment. The ethos of Kimmage DSC is embodied in a teaching approach based on participatory learning and critical thinking which seeks to empower course participants with the skills and knowledge essential for development work today. For more information, please visit:

Paddy Reilly, Kimmage Development Studies Center : Following an extensive period as Executive Director of the Centre (1995 – 2013) Paddy Reilly (Dip DS, BA, MA) took on a new role as Head of Strategic Relations. He has responsibility for adding value to Kimmage DSC’s core business by pursuing & building strategic relationships with external partners and the Kimmage Alumni. In this role he pursues the consolidation and enhanced quality of existing partnerships and links, in accordance with the Strategic Plan; and explores the development of new relationships and collaborative ventures with other institutions and organisations. He also delivers courses in Adult Education and in Facilitation Practice, contributes to curriculum and course design and facilitates students undertaking primary research in development-related areas. His interests include exploring how educational principles and methodologies which draw upon experiential learning, may enhance human and social development. In pursuit of this during the past 25 years, he has facilitated training in Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and for different groups and institutes within Ireland.

Author: Lien Quan

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