Asia-Africa eLearning Program: Making Data Speak


DATES: 6 – 20 December 2021
DURATION: 15 hours
PLATFORMS: Moodle and Zoom

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

As governments and countries around the world recognize this deadly killer and its potential to wreak havoc and unleash statistics, it’s critical to understand the numbers and what they really tell us – only then that we can communicate effectively on the state of the air we breathe. , the extent of the problem or its main causes, the health and societal impacts, and the actions needed to control it. Evidence-based communication, using data, is essential to inform air quality interventions and save lives.

The Center for Science and Environment (CSE), one of South Asia’s leading think tanks on development policy, environment and climate change, invites you to join its global training program in line that specifically focuses on an essential aspect to address this challenge: understanding air pollution and health data, analyzing it and using it to communicate and tell stories about the urgency of this “environmental crisis and sanitary”.

The program is designed to inform about established and 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 insight into the legal and policy framework to better understand the numbers on air pollution, health, and the economy.

What are you going to learn?

  • Data Collection: Learn how and where to search for relevant data on air pollution, health and related development indicators.
  • Data Analysis: Develop skills to analyze and interpret trends in air pollution, health, science and impacts.
  • Data Visualization: Learn to visualize data for effective communication.
  • Report Writing: Develop skills to process, visualize and transform ‘air pollution and health’ data into simple, compelling and informative ‘messages’, ‘reports’, ‘communication materials’ and stories for print and the Web.

Who can attend?

  • Professionals, consultants, planners, practitioners, government officials and policy makers working on air quality and health. This includes international organizations working for low- and middle-income countries, particularly Africa
  • National and international civil society groups, NGOs, activists and clean air advocates designing air quality and health awareness programs
  • Academia: professors and researchers, and students associated with sustainable development, air pollution and health
  • Urbanization researchers and writers
  • Environmental Advisors
  • Public relations/communications officers
  • Data managers and statisticians interested in improving their communication skills
  • Anyone else interested in the subject


The self-paced online program will include video lectures, presentations, tutorials, quizzes and assignmentss. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on an in-depth project of their choice. The program will also feature three live interactive sessions to meet the trainers and other participants.

The program has been designed in such a way that it can be followed by regular work or study.

The course is divided into five modules:

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

Everyone who attends and completes the course will be assessed by the course coordination team. The CSE and the AAETI will issue certificates of participation to all who take and complete the course.


Kiran Pandey
Program Director, Information Management, CSE
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +91-9871215338


Susan Chako
Information Management, CST
Email: [email protected]



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