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Specialist short courses for development professionals and practitioners

Discover our range of professional development courses.

We provide world-class, short courses on a range of specialist themes to help you grow professionally and develop the skills and knowledge needed to realise more equitable and sustainable societies.

We work with individuals and organisations at the forefront of social change. Our clients include governments, UN agencies, philanthropic organisations, non-governmental and civil society organisations, universities and independent consultants.

Our courses cover a wide range of themes and geographies relating to international development. For example, social protection, digital development, impact evaluation, policy influencing, participatory methods, and trade policy. Each course is informed by research conducted by IDS and our worldwide partner network.

We can also develop bespoke training to meet your individual needs and those of your organisation.

To find out more, get in touch with our Short Course Programme Manager or browse the upcoming courses and case studies below.

Upcoming courses

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Specialist short course

Making Trade Policy Inclusive (online)

This course provides a comprehensive package to advance understanding of inclusion in international trade and trade policy – covering poverty, gender, human rights, sustainability and power asymmetries.

From 9 June 2022 until 30 June 2022

Specialist short course

Pathways to Sustainability (online)

Explore critical approaches to sustainability, with theories and methods that can help you to discover and support alternative and diverse pathways and perspectives.

From 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2026

Specialist short course

Social Protection: A Primer (online)

Join our free online course to learn about the basics of social protection and its implementation around the world.

From 30 June 2020 until 28 February 2023

Specialist short course

Pastoralism and uncertainty (online)

Gain an introduction to to pastoralism, uncertainty and resilience, with lessons for global change.

From 24 June 2020 until 1 December 2023

Case Studies