Professional learning and development courses

We provide world-class, tailored and supportive professional development learning opportunities for those working in non-governmental organisations, governments, multilateral agencies and research institutions to develop and put into practice the individual and organisational skills and expertise critical to realising transformative social change.

Our track record

Established in 1966 as Britain’s first international training Institute, we have extensive experience in facilitating high quality executive education and learning programmes. Together with the University of Sussex, IDS is ranked first in the world for development studies by the QS World University Rankings.

Our professional development facilitators bring a unique expertise in designing and facilitating interactive and supportive learning environments which are shaped by participants needs and designed to promote mutual learning and exchange.

Our professional development and learning programmes

Our professional development learning portfolio includes:

  • Open-application Short Courses based at IDS such as the Transforming Nutrition short course. (Scroll down the page for our upcoming courses list.)
  • Bespoke courses delivered for clients in other venues around the world such as the applied Multi-Methods Research Course that IDS developed with the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR).
  • Summer Schools based at IDS such as the STEPS Centre Summer School.
  • Learning journeys that offer thematic training over a period of time and are a key component of our Knowledge, Evidence and Learning for Development Programme.
  • Online and blended learning such as the Mhealth, Health Systems and Development course.
  • Bespoke learning activities developed with partners, based on their professional development learning needs.

Our clients

Our clients include governments, UN agencies, philanthropic organisations, non-governmental and civil society organisations. See a selection of our clients

Contact us

For more information contact Leah Plati


Upcoming courses

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Professional development course

Social Protection: Policies, Programmes and Evidence

Further your knowledge of approaches to social protection and gain the skills to improve policies and programmes for positive social change. Get up to speed with current knowledge, evidence and practice of social protection. You will broaden your knowledge base of approaches to social...

From 22 June 2020 until 25 June 2020

Professional development course

Digital and Technology for International Development

Gain the knowledge and skills to cut through the hype of digital development. Choose the right technologies and approaches to achieve positive social change. In a rapidly changing technological environment, today’s international development professionals need a clear understanding of the role...

From 8 June 2020 until 12 June 2020

Professional development course

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning

Develop your skills to more effectively design and improve M&E systems supporting participatory and adaptive practice.  Increasingly, development implementing organisations are using complexity-aware, learning-based approaches to design and drive their monitoring and evaluation (M&E)...

From 1 June 2020 until 5 June 2020

Professional development course

STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability 2020

The STEPS Centre Summer School is a two-week immersive course on theories and practical approaches to sustainability, through creative, interactive and participatory learning. The STEPS Centre has developed a unique ‘pathways approach’ to research and policy engagement,...

From 11 May 2020 until 22 May 2020

Professional development course

Shaping Policy with Evidence

Transform your use of evidence for policy and practice There is increasing pressure on government officials, research programmes and NGOs to make better use of evidence to produce viable policy options. Influencing decision makers and contributing to policy formulation and implementation with...

From 30 March 2020 until 1 April 2020

Professional development course

Contribution Analysis for Impact Evaluation

Short course to equip individuals and organisations to more effectively design impact evaluations using a contribution analysis framing.

From 13 January 2020 until 17 January 2020