Environmental Management in the Developing World, Delhi, 1-29 August 2014


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Challenge of the Balance: A Course on Policies, Politics & Practices of Environmental Management in the Developing World

August 1 to 29, 2014


Challenge of the Balance is an orientation programme to give international participants a first-hand experience of Southern perspectives concerning the environment-development debate. The interdisciplinary coursework will allow participants to understand and critically evaluate issues concerning developmental challenges the region faces today.

Programme design

This inter-disciplinary month long structured course on environment and development issues is for about 25 participants from various international institutions of learning. For this summer school we have collaborated with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) United Kingdom, and EWB chapters in South Asia as well.

It includes classroom lectures, local field excursions, together with challenging individual and/or group project work. Field trips will serve to illustrate innovations and eco-restoration efforts that communities make to enable them to face the challenges of managing their natural resource base.

The programme modules include

  • Natural resource management: water, forests
  • Change agents: environmentalism of the poor
  • Governance imperatives
  • Poverty and the biomass economy
  • Environmental conflicts
  • Urban growth challenges: water, waste, pollution, mobility
  • Towards sustainable industrialization
  • Climate change from a Southern perspective

The highlight of the programme is the opportunity for participants to interact with rural communities during a week long field visit. Participants from developed and developing countries will see practical, technical and sustainable solutions that benefit the grassroot community (solutions to water management, decentralised solid and liquid waste management, meeting a community’s energy needs, etc.).

In addition to this week-long field visit, the programme includes several local field excursions, to familiarise participants with urban challenges, including air pollution and urban mobility, river pollution and waste management.


Our training programmes attract leading experts across various fields to address course participants. The core faculty for the proposed course will be drawn from CSE’s experienced research and programme staff. Visiting faculty and guest lecturers will include working development professionals, eminent environmentalists, noted academicians from leading universities, grassroots activists, prominent policy makers, and others.


Course fee (Includes training fees, month long stay, local and outstation field excursions, select reading materials, together with lunch and refreshments during all training days. 

For International participants: UK £1050

For Indian and South Asian participants: INR 25,000


Please pay your fee (including the fee for accommodation) after your participation in the course is confirmed. When sending your draft/cheque, do mention on the envelope the name of the course. Email the draft/cheque number to the course contact.

How to apply

Write a clear statement of purpose (the SOP should be about 500 words), including in it such things as why you wish to attend this course, and how it will help you in your future work. Send it along with your latest curriculum vitae. 



Sharmila Sinha 
Deputy Prog Manager, Education & Training
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi – 110062
Email: sharmila@cseindia.org/ cseindiasharmila@gmail.com
Office Tel: +91 (011) 29955124   +91 (011) 29955124 / 125
Fax: +91 (011) 29955879


Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute
38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi–110062

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