Introduction to international development

This online course quickly brings you up to speed with the big picture of international development and gives you a good grounding in the history, key actors and principles which underlie development work.

Course dates

Using a mix of presentations, videos, group discussions and practical activities, you will learn about the historical context to development work, the global balance of power and the major actors, with a focus on the UK government, public and NGOs as examples. You will compare approaches to development and consider what makes for successful development work, before reflecting on what the future of development might look like. 

Course structure 

Four half-day live online sessions plus individual and group work before and between sessions.

Total time commitment over the period of the course is 19.5 hours:

12 hours of live online sessions

7.5 hours of self-paced activities

Suitable for people who are new to international development, thinking of moving into the sector or wanting to gain a greater understanding of the "bigger picture". It is also appropriate for those wanting to refresh their knowledge of the theory and practice of development work.

What you will learn

  • The historical context, theories and principles of development
  • The global balance of power and the diverse range of players
  • The pros and cons of different approaches to development
  • The UK's role in development 
  • Different ways in which development is financed 
  • How the Sustainable Development Goals influence development
  • How the world of development will change in the future and the implications for you and your organisation

Programme

This course will be delivered entirely online, through facilitated live sessions (using Zoom) as well as individual and group activities on the Bond learning platform. We work hard to make sure you get the same level of interaction and facilitator support as you would in our training room. You’ll work in breakout rooms, use case studies and take part in group activities – all online.

Content

  • Introductions and expectations
  • What is development?
  • Development patterns and key players
  • Approaches to development
  • Financing development
  • The UK's role in development
  • Project-based approach to development
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • The future of development
  • Review and evaluation

Structure

All September 2021 course times are in British Summer Time (BST), and all March 2022 course times are in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Check the live session start and end time in your timezone here (please ensure you choose the right date when checking timezones).

September 2021 course

Pre-course activity: approximately 2 hours' additional work required before live session 1

Live session 1: Monday 20th September, 13.30 - 17.00 BST (3.5 hours)

Group task: approximately 2 hours' additional work required between live session 1 and 2

Live session 2: Tuesday 21st September, 13.30 - 17.00 BST (3.5 hours)

Individual task: approximately 1.5 hours' additional work required between live session 2 and 3

Live session 3: Wednesday 22nd September, 13.30 - 17.00 BST (3.5 hours)

Individual task: approximately 1.5 hours' additional work required between live session 3 and 4

Live session 4: Thursday 23rd September, 13.30 - 17.00 BST (3.5 hours)

 

March 2022 course

Pre-course activity: approximately 2 hours' additional work required before live session 1

Live session 1: Monday 22nd March, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT (3.5 hours)

Group task: approximately 2 hours' additional work required between live session 1 and 2

Live session 2: Tuesday 23rd March, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT (3.5 hours)

Individual task: approximately 1.5 hours' additional work required between live session 2 and 3

Live session 3: Wednesday 24th March, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT (3.5 hours)

Individual task: approximately 1.5 hours' additional work required between live session 3 and 4

Live session 4: Thursday 25th March, 9.30 - 13.00 GMT (3.5 hours)

Booking deadline

Bookings will close at 15:00 BST/GMT the last working day before to enable us to email participants the joining instructions ahead of the first live session.

Course prices

Band 1

Non-members
£715.00

Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend
£550.00

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend
£275.00

* 10% off if you book 8 weeks in advance; 5% off 3 or more bookings.

Contact us for special discounts if you're a student or unemployed.

10%

off if you book early*

5%

off multiple bookings*

Event dates

Monday, September 20, 2021 to Thursday, September 23, 2021

17 places available

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 to Friday, March 25, 2022

18 places available

Trainers

Jane Davies

Jane has designed and delivered training for many different audiences including teachers, humanitarian workers and volunteers. She started working in development in 1998 as a VSO volunteer and has also been a Senior Education Officer with ActionAid.