Professional Development Courses

We provide professional development short courses and 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 courses on a range of critical development issues including nutrition, social protection, taxation, research uptake and 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.

Forthcoming courses

STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability 2018

14 May 2018 until 25 May 2018

Applications are invited from highly-motivated doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working in fields around development studies, science and technology studies, innovation and policy studies, and across agricultural, health, water or energy issues.

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Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning

04 Jun 2018 until 08 Jun 2018

Professional short course that equips development planners and practitioners with the knowledge and skills to more effectively design and improving M&E systems and move towards a participatory learning practice within projects, programmes and their organisations.

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Participatory Video Processes: building inclusive engagement and community-led change

18 Jun 2018 until 22 Jun 2018

Learn how to use participatory video to drive and mediate participatory and community-led change, in an ethical and contextualized way. 

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Social Protection: policies, programmes and evidence

25 Jun 2018 until 28 Jun 2018

This course enables participants to expand their knowledge base of approaches to social protection, develop an understanding of the challenges in designing and implementing social protection programmes, and critically assess current evidence of what works in social protection.

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Transforming Nutrition: Ideas, Policies and Outcomes

16 Jul 2018 until 20 Jul 2018

This professional development course equips development policymakers and practitioners with the knowledge and skills to more effectively design, improve and implement strategic approaches to address nutrition issues at regional, national and global levels.  

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