Introduction to international development

This course quickly brings you up to speed with the most important global issues and emerging debates in international development.


8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL GB

Who for?

This course is 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.

Course structure

Two-day face-to-face course.

Course dates

Our unique introductory course has been completely revised to reflect the latest thinking and practice in international development. This course quickly brings you up to speed with the most important global issues and emerging debates.

Using a mix of real-life examples, group based discussion and practical activities, you will learn about the historical context to development work, the global balance of power and the major actors, as well as the current approaches to development and what makes for successful development work.

What you will learn

  • Understand the historical context, theories and principles of development
  • Learn about the global balance of power and the big players
  • Identify the pros and cons of different approaches to development
  • Evaluate the UK's role in development and discover how development is financed 
  • Explore the implications of climate change for development
  • Learn how the Sustainable Development Goals will influence development
  • Consider how the world of development will change and the implications for you and your organisation


Day 1

  • Introductions and expectations
  • What is development?
  • Development patterns and key players
  • Approaches to development
  • Financing development
  • Recap and review of learning

Day 2

  • The UK's role in development
  • Sustainability and climate change
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • The future of development
  • Review and evaluation

Course prices

Band 1


Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend

* 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.


off if you book early*


off multiple bookings*

Event dates

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 to Wednesday, December 4, 2019

12 places available


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.


8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL
United Kingdom