Asia-Africa Online Training Programme: Making Data Speak - Demystifying AIR QUALITY and PUBLIC HEALTH Data for Effective Communication

DATES: May 28 - June 12, 2021
DURATION: 15 hours
PLATFORMS: Moodle and Zoom 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is the world's greatest environmental risk to health: it kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year. Over 91 per cent of us live in areas where air pollution exceeds the guidelines considered to be safe; nine out of 10 people breathe polluted air each day; and 4.2 million premature deaths occur each year as a result of exposure to air pollution. The State of Global Air Report, 2020 says it is the fourth leading risk factor for early deaths worldwide. In fact, more than 90 per cent of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day. 

While governments and countries across the world acknowledge this deadly killer and its potential to wreak havoc and reel off statistics, it is critical to understand the numbers and what they really tell us – only then can we communicate effectively about the state of the air we breathe, the scale of the problem or its key causes, the health and societal impacts, and what actions are needed to control it. Evidence-based communication, using data, is key to informing air quality interventions and saving lives. 

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 air pollution and health data, analysing it, and using it to communicate and tell stories on the urgency of this “environmental and health crisis”. 

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 legal framework and politics to better understand numbers on air pollution, health and economy. 

What will you learn?

  • Data collection: Learn how and where to research for relevant data on air pollution, health and related indicators on development.
  • Data analysis: Develop skills to analyse and interpret trends on air pollution, health, the science and the impacts.
  • Data visualisation: Learn to visualise data for effective communication.
  • Report writing: Develop skills to process, visualise and transform “air pollution and health” data into simple, compelling and informative ‘messages”, “reports”, “communication collaterals” and stories for print and web. 

Who can attend?

  • Professionals, consultants, planners, practitioners, government officials and policymakers working on clean air and health. This includes international organizations working for low and middle income countries especially Africa
  • National and international civil society groups, NGOs, clean air activists and advocates designing awareness programmes on air quality and health
  • Academia: Faculty and researchers, and students associated with sustainable development, air pollution and health
  • Researchers and writers on urbanization
  • Environmental consultants
  • Public relations/communication officers
  • Data managers and statisticians interested in improving communication skills
  • Anyone else interested in the subject 


The self-paced online programme will have video 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 five modules:

  • Module 1: Understanding challenges of urbanisation, air quality and health impacts
  • Module 2: Data for effective communication and informed decision making on air quality and health risks
  • Module 3: Finding the right data on air quality, health and development
  • Module 4: Data processing and analysis to make data meaningful 
  • Module 5: 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


Susan Chacko
Information Management, CSE




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May 28 - June 12, 2021
Zoom and Moodle
15 hours
Rs 3,500 for Indian participants
US $100
for Global participants
Dr D D Basu
Advisor, Industrial Pollution, CSE and Ex-Additional Director, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)
Anumita Roy Chowdhury
Executive Director
Right to Clean Air Campaign, CSE
Richard Mahapatra
Managing Editor of Down To Earth magazine.
Vivek Chattopadhyay
Programme Manager
Right to Clean Air Campaign, CSE
Shambhavi Shukla
Deputy Programme Manager, Right to Clean Air Campaign, CSE
Rajit Sengupta
Assistant Editor Copy, Down to Earth magazine
Kiran Pandey
Programme Director, Environment Resources Unit,
"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