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focused on creating learning spaces for social change

Established 1983   

 

 

 

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We offer international development training coursesconsultancyin-house trainingfacilitationcoaching and events.

 

 

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We work with NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies, national governments, UN agencies and the private sector to build common purpose, develop potential, and discover new ways to stimulate positive change.


 

Featured course

Knowledge Management

Unlock insights in your organisation though knowledge sharing

Upcoming course:

Bangkok

5 - 9 Novemeber 2018

£2350

 

​Through a mix of practical activities, theory and case examples you will learn how to:
 

  • advocate for effective knowledge sharing
  • foster an enabling environment within your own organisation that encourages knowledge sharing
  • conduct a knowledge management assessment of your organisation
  • apply knowledge sharing tools and techniques in practice
  • develop a knowledge management strategy to institutionalise KM practices within your organisation

 

 

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With over 35 years’ experience in the international development,

we have worked with individuals and teams from more the 135 countries.

 

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  • WHY: To foster a cohort of regional FARE trainers able to deliver the FARE course nationally and in the region.
  • WHO: Fisheries and Aquaculture Response to Emergency (FARE)
  • WHAT: Hands-on continuous mini-session practice
  • HOW: 3 days workshop
  • WHERE: Caribbean
  • WHEN: October 2018

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  • WHY: To bring the whole APEFE headquarters team together to learn about knowledge management.
  • WHO: APEFE
  • WHAT: KM training
  • HOW: 5 days workshop
  • WHERE: Brussels/Belgium
  • WHEN: October 2018

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This week IMA Consultants Dani Guijarro and Iñigo Retolaza have facilitated a 2 day workshop for Greenpeace Spain and Greenpeace International staff involved in strategic planning, M&E and communication, it aimed to explore how to implement IMA´s Theory of Change approach and tool in the GP planning and M&E System.

Using current programmes as pilot case studies, Dani and Iñigo have trained staff from different departments on analytical and methodological tools, skills and meta-skills to facilitate processes of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation that ensure an (un)learning perspective, using our ToC approach.


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I’ve increasingly been struck this year with the strength of the notion that the way the problem is understood and depicted determines what we do.  And the idea that language is generative is becoming more alive to me in all the recent work we’ve been up to. 

 

Talking about organisations, for example, as open, complex (not complicated!) living networks, requiring healthy feedback loops, living with uncertainty and conflict as part of the terrain, where a member affects the whole and the whole affects each member produces very different results from talking about organisations as if they were closed structures to be managed…

 

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In Madrid, our trainers Dani and Inigo have been working with Dinamia, a social consultancy specialising in economic, social and educational projects, both in Spain and Latin America. Dinamia has been working collectively since 2004 and is made up of professionals from the social and solidarity economy, who propose working with new management models and strategic consulting for public and private institutions and the Third Sector.  

Using a Theory U approach, combined with different strategic planning tools as Theory of Change, Dani and Inigo facilitated Dinamia’s Strategic Planning Process considering perceptions and expectations of different actors inside and outside Dinamia, an exploration...
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  • WHY: To reflect and learn on the 5-year experience of implementing the IAPP Project with a qualitative retrospective approach, specifically focusing on capacity development elements to generate recommendations to help for similar future project design
  • WHO: The Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project (IAPP) & Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Technical Assistance (TA) component
  • WHAT: We designed & facilitated a 'Reflection and Learning Workshop’ to review the 5-year IAPP project which was a collaboration between the Government of Bangladesh, GAFSP, The World Bank & FAO
  • HOW: Using exercises, activities, and discussions that encouraged reflection, organisational learning and uncovered tacit knowledge
  • WHERE: Dhaka/Coxs Bazaar, Bangladesh
  • WHEN: September 2016

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  • WHY: Support as part of their learning and development
  • WHO: International HIV/AIDS Alliance
  • WHAT: Action Learning Sets and coaching for managers.
  • HOW: We facilitated regular Action Learning Sets for groups, facilitated a series of Managers’ Forums, Key topics were discussed and recommendations put forward, ALS were conducted face to face, Coaching workshops
  • WHERE: Brighton, UK
  • WHEN: September 2014 – December 2015

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An evaluation of women’s rights

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Tags: women's rights, evaluation, Cambodia, Rwanda, UK

Website: https://www.actionaid.org.uk/

  • WHY: To identify key transformations in women´s lives and measure shifts in power towards women
  • WHO: Women participating in ActionAid women’s rights programmes
  • WHAT: An evaluation of ActionAid’s work on women’s rights and development of a methodology
  • HOW: A 3 day workshop the worked with up to seven leaders from the community groups to identify key transformations in women´s lives and to analyse power dynamics behind these changes
  • WHERE: UK, Cambodia and Rwanda
  • WHEN: February – June 2016

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  • WHY: To harmonise the knowledge among middle managers and senior programme and project staff around key concepts for effective management.
  • WHO: MSDSP Aga Khan Foundation
  • WHAT: Facilitating a 5 day workshop on management in general with a focus on Project cycle, KM, M&E and Leadership
  • HOW: Exercises & discussion
  • WHERE: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • WHEN: February 2016

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  • WHY: BRAC’s focus on KM is to maximise collective experience and secure KM resources for BRAC to have greater impact and influence at scale. To raise KM awareness, foster momentum and share practical KM skills.
  • WHO: Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC) Bangladesh
  • WHAT: Fostering Knowledge Management (KM) and knowledge sharing processes in BRAC and also to help develop a KM strategy and roadmap for the organisation.
  • HOW: Facilitated learning on KM concepts and key practices, focus groups, the co-creation of a draft KM roadmap and strategy
  • WHERE: Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • WHEN: February - June 2016

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  • WHY: To harmonise the different components of the National Multi-sector Action Plan and to make explicit clear pathways on how to fight stunting and reduce malnutrition in Tanzania.
  • WHO: Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre
  • WHAT: Facilitation of a 4 days multi-stakeholder workshop on Theory of Change and Complexity
  • HOW: A different range of participatory tools was utilised during the process, including embodied learning, reflective practice and constellation work
  • WHERE: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • WHEN: June – July 2016

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  • WHY: For the harmonisation of the staff around the concept of Theory of Change and Results Based Management. CTA was in the process of finalising their main result framework to be presented to the EU for further funding.
  • WHO: CTA – Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP – EU
  • WHAT: Theory of Change and RBM lab, Design and facilitation of a 2 days’ workshop at CTA’s Headquarters. The contract is also part of an extended support in distance.
  • HOW: A log frame repair workshop and the classic Theory of Change workshop and Power Analysis.
  • WHERE: Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • WHEN: July 2016 – September 2016

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What our clients say

 

 'Knowledge Management' - Amira Barghout 

'Value For Money' - Ibitola Omotayo

'Monitoring and Evaluation' - Norman Moleele