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

Using Participatory Action Research to improve development practice
21-25 January 2019

Engaging evidence and policy for social change
15 - 17 January 2019 (plus online learning exchange on 16 April 2019)

Contribution Analysis for Impact Evaluation
7 - 11 January 2019