Global Online Training Programme Demystifying Climate Data

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Climate change poses an existential threat to humanity. It is the biggest social, political, economic and environmental challenge faced by the world today. While countries continue to reluctantly align themselves to meet their climate change promises, communicating the urgency of this crisis remains a challenge for most stakeholders. 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), one of South Asia’s leading think tanks on the politics of development, environment and climate change, invites you to join its Global Online Training Programme which focuses specifically on one critical aspect of meeting this challenge: understanding climate data, analysing it, and using it to tell climate change stories to different stakeholders. 

The programme is designed to inform about established as well as new trends and approaches in data-driven development communications for effective presentation and maximum impact.It will also introduce popular analytical tools and conceptual frameworks, and offer insights into the global legal framework and politics to better understand climate-related numbers  

What will you learn?

  • Data collection: Learn how and where to research for relevant data on climate change and development.
  • Data analysis: Develop skills to analyse and interpret trends on climate science and impacts.
  • Data visualisation: Learn to visualise data for effective communication.
  • Report writing: Develop skills to process, visualise and transform climate data into simple, compelling and informative ‘stories’ for print and web. 

Who can attend?

  • Professionals, government officials and policymakers working on climate change
  • Researchers and writers on climate and development
  • Public relations/communication officers
  • Data managers, statisticians, researchers and students
  • Anyone else interested in the subject 

Course structure

The self-paced online programme will havevideo lectures, presentations, tutorials, quizzes and assignments. Participants will also get an opportunity to work on an in-depth project of their choice. The programme will also have three live interactive sessions for meeting the trainers and fellow participants. 

The programme has been designed in such a way that it can be completed along with a regular job or study. 

The course is broken down into four modules:

  • Module 1: Data for effective communication and informed decision making on climate change for development – The World in my Backyard
  • Module 2: Finding the right data on climate
  • Module 3: Data processing and analysis to make data meaningful 
  • Module 4: Data visualisation 

All those who attend and complete the course will be assessed by the course coordination team. CSE and AAETI will award Certificates of Participation to all those who attend and complete the course. 


Kiran Pandey
Programme director, Information Management, CSE
Phone: +91-9871215338


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February 26 - March 12, 2021
Zoom and Moodle
15 hours
Rs 3,500 for Indian participants
US $100
for Global participants
"Structuring, processing, analysing and presenting information with visuals was the most interesting part of the workshop. The content and methods are useful for our work on data management, analysis and presentation. We are developing factsheets on status of land, agriculture etc. This training is useful to develop these factsheets better."

P. Raghu, Freelance Head - Land & Livelihood Knowledge Hub, ActionAid, Delhi
"In a government set up we used to work in traditional ways, the workshop gave us an opportunity to learn new things which we can apply in our workplace with regard to using of data in an effective manner."

S. Sudalaimani, Assistant Secretary (Technical) National Silkworm Seed Organization (NSSO), Central Silk Board (CSB), Bangalore, Karnataka
“This course is fantastic platform for national and international NGOs in the changing environment”

Alexander Amirtham, Founder and Executive Director, GREENS, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
“Decoding data, designing and visualising stories was an excellent exercise giving insights about the impactful ways of communication”

Bhargavi Nagendra, Programme Officer, Environmental Governance Group, Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka
"Learnt how and where to research for relevant data. The course was highly professional and featured a lot of experts."

Charles Iyare, Human Rights Officer, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Nigeria
“The training was impactful as it has given me reasons to improve my skills on data visualization”

Adeleye Uthman, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ),
“I will be able to create impactful visualisations for some of our survey data. I will prioritise the house survey, the Annual Agricultural Survey, the Key Economic Indicators and the COVID-19 business survey. I can plan for bi-monthly infographics on the available data sources”

Ronald James Otyek, Systems Development officer,
Uganda Bureau of Statistics
“The topics and techniques covered in this course will be used in my routine work as a journalist and a student during research, production of reports and presentations. I will be able to design a similar training particularly for fellow journalists and research students in various academic fields in West Africa and elsewhere”

Adolphus Mawolo, News Editor,
West Africa Democracy Radio (W.A.D.R.), Senegal
“It is a training that empowers all for dissemination of global developments and data. I would recommend it to anyone especially media practitioners, civil society and young professionals in all spheres of life”

Tamunoemi Speedy-Bote, Broadcast Journalist, Nigeria
“This course has given enough insights and ideas to plan for continuous and effective communication programme with the NGOs”

Darpan Vaishnav, Co-founder,Indian NGO Diary
“Learning data visualization tools was the best for me. I really appreciate the flexibility of this course and the videos were perfect”

Chanchala Lakmali Jayathilaka, Communication Officer,
Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF), Sri Lanka