About the Course

Realitätenbüro Germany and The Change Initiative Co. Ltd have developed a 2 ½ day training programme to sensitize and support governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions in establishing and implementing an integrated multi-stakeholder approach to reducing drug-related harm. The training adds a new approach to planning and implementing drug policy at local and community levels and will hence contribute to reducing the drug misuse problem and drug-related harm in cities and communities.

The training draws on experiences from european cities and projects of the German Technical Cooperation (formerly known as GTZ – now GIZ), combining them with methods and tools for capacity building in development cooperation that may be used for assessment, monitoring, and facilitation of multi-stakeholder round tables. Integrated Local Drug Policy is a process to find local solutions to global drug problems.

At the end of the course, you will be presented with a certificate along with a course CD containing all the training presentations and any course photos as a reminder of your training week in Bangkok.

Profile of Participants

The target group for this training can be very heterogeneous given that it promotes a multi-sectoral and multi-agency approach.

The target groups to benefit from this training includes representatives from development program management, city administration, staff of drug services and drug treatment centres, youth and social services, law enforcement, neighbourhood communities, drug users networks, and PLWHA networks.

Course Content
  • The workshop outline, including the objectives, techniques, tools and contents of each module
  • The presentations given at the training sessions
  • Brief characteristics of the tools and planning methods presented in the training
  • Descriptions of the group exercises and icebreakers
  • A set of “critical points” for discussion during the training modules
  • A list of resource and further reading material
About the Trainer – Ms. Susanne Schardt

Susanne Schardt has been an expert and consultant on drug policies for over two decades. Susanne worked at the drug policy coordination office of the municipality of Frankfurt am Main from 1990 to 1993, where she was responsible for drug policy consultation for local authorities, among other issues. From 1993 to 2001 she was director of the European cities’ network “European Cities on Drug Policy (ECDP)”.

Read more about Susanne Schardt…


The training seeks to convey as much practical experience and as many tools and tips as possible and actively encourages participants to contribute their experience with multi-disciplinary cooperation. The modules can be individually tailored to the needs and interests of the participants of each workshop.

While the general structure of the training follows the logic of assessing, planning, and implementing an integrated drug policy, the contents and training techniques of each module may vary according to the participants’ interests. There are PowerPoint presentations for every module that may alternatively be used as guidelines for lectures or discussions. In the course design we have chosen those tools and methods we found to be straightforward, practical, and easy to handle by non-experts.