Trainings and Workshops

GlobalPDX Workshops

Learning from the Field: Case Studies in Sustainable Community Development On April 13 Dr. Richard White, retired professor of Community Development at Portland State University, led a group of international development professionals through a collaborative session in which the group learned to develop and use case studies as a tool to depict a challenging situation requiring a decision with a human story.  Dr. White also provided the participants the opportunity to work through a number of case studies.  The presentation including the handouts is available here for download.

Diving Deeper in the Vast Sea of M&E-  GlobalPDX members gathered together on March 9, 2018 for the opportunity to engage with International Public Health/WASH Development Consultant, Kay D. Mattson, MSW, MPH, on the how to’s of M&E focusing on the evaluation and assessment components. In addition, Health in Harmony's Program Director, Ashley Emerson, spoke about how the organization approaches M&E.

During the session, participants were introduced to the Goldilocks Toolkit which calls for the five types of monitoring data everyone should collect, regardless of their program.  In addition, the presenters provided several qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting data and stressed the importance of sharing the results of project/program analysis publicly.  Below is the PDF of their presentation:

Throughout the presentation, Kay and Ashley referred to numerous resources, all of which can be accessed here:

Overcoming Administrative Challenges When Working in Multiple Countries- On Wednesday, July 26 GlobalPDX member blueEnergy hosted a workshop geared to small and medium nonprofits and start-up organizations who are struggling with questions of administration, process, and planning.  There's much to learn from blueEnergy, who as a small organization, needed to adopt a robust and highly sophisticated administrative backend system in order to work in multiple countries across different languages conforming to compliance/reporting requirements, legal structures, accounting norms that varied significantly.  They discussed the hurdles, tribulations, and pains they faced as they developed their  approach to:

  • CRM/Donor Management
  • Accounting Platform
  • Financial Reporting
  • Compliance
  • Organization and Management Structure
  • Planning and Budgeting

Engineering For Change

Engineering for Change (E4C) is an organization whose mission is to improve the lives of underserved communities by better preparing the global development workforce, optimizing the solutions development cycle, and ensuring public health and safety. They provide news, a solutions library with technology solutions for many development sectors, professional development and courses that can help navigate the development field.

Education for Sustainable Development Goals: Learning Objectives

This new publication targets policy-makers, curriculum developers and educators. It contains learning objectives and suggestions for classroom activities to address each of the SDGs as well as guidance on how to integrate ESD into policies and teaching.

Medical Teams International Real Life Exhibit

The Real Life Exhibit is a walk-through, multi-sensory exhibit that allows people to experience what real life is like for children affected by disaster, conflict and poverty.

Visitors describe the experience: “Eye-opening.” “I will never be the same.” “Inspiring.” “I must do something.” “I can make a difference.”

Education for SDGs - Learning Objectives

UNESCO, as the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, is entrusted to lead and coordinate the Education 2030 Agenda, which is part of a global movement to eradicate poverty through 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Education, essential to achieve all of these goals, has its own dedicated Goal (#4), which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

This new publication targets educators, policy-makers, and curriculum developers. It contains learning objectives and suggestions for classroom activities to address each of the SDGs as well as guidance on how to integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into policies and teaching.

To download the publication, click here.

United Nations Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

This 3-hour self-paced course explains how international environmental agreements and policies are made, by whom, and how they are complied with, and enforced. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the strengths and weakness of existing environmental governance regimes. All stakeholders interested in learning about the main aspects of environmental governance regimes, as well as the principal actors involved and needed reforms, can benefit from this course. Prior knowledge is not required to participate. Content is presented in a progressive manner, from generic to specific elements.

The course is a collaborative effort between UNITAR and UN Environment, which expands the learning portfolio available on InforMEA platform. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a joint certificate from UNITAR and UN Environment.

Enroll now - Free of charge!


OpenWHO is WHO’s new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. OpenWHO enables the Organization and its key partners to transfer life-saving knowledge to large numbers of frontline responders.