Professional Development Courses

We provide professional development training for those working within the international development sector including policy advisers, programme officers and managers, donors, humanitarian workers, communications and knowledge professionals and government officials.

IDS Professional Development Course

We offer off-the-shelf and bespoke courses on a range of critical development issues including nutrition, disaster risk reduction, social protection, taxation, policy engagement, and development impact. All of which are delivered by leading experts in the field.

Our professional development courses reflect our ongoing commitment to mutual leaning and collaboration, and offer individuals and organisations:

  • A range of high quality and bespoke courses. 
  • A supportive and dynamic learning environment. 
  • An opportunity to become part of a global network of active and engaged partners working in national governments, and development and advocacy organisations.

Bespoke courses

Bespoke courses can be designed and delivered in country for a single institution or group of institutions and partners, by arrangement. If you would like to discuss how IDS might contribute to your organisation's training needs, please contact Leah Plati ( for more information.

Forthcoming courses


Building effective public and civil society partnerships for teaching and research
Monday 10 September 2018 - Friday 14 September 2018

Transforming Nutrition: Ideas, Policies and Outcomes
Monday 16 July 2018 - Friday 20 July 2018
(Applications for this course are now closed)

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning
Monday 4 June 2018 - Friday 8 June 2018
(Applications for this course are now closed)

Participatory Video Processes: building inclusive engagement and community-led change
Monday 18 June 2018 - Friday 22 June 2018
(Applications for this course are now closed)

Social Protection: policies, programmes and evidence
Monday 25 June 2018 - Thursday 28 June 2018
(Applications for this course are now closed)