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About us

 

Founded in 1983, IMA International is a group of International Development practitioners who engage in training and consultancies to help people build their own, and organisational capacity, to generate transformative social change. Drawing on our team of multidisciplinary practitioners, and bringing together academic and field experience, we are ideally positioned to help you tackle complex problems in international development.

 

We believe in our values.  We value listening and empathy, we build relationships to promote collective thinking for social change, we build trust, harmonise relationships and encourage mutual support between our collaborators to stimulate innovative and adaptive ways of thinking.

 

Our skilful facilitators guide the way and gradually step back to let you and your teams take the lead,

becoming your partners towards personal and organisational growth.

 

You can read more about how we integrate these approaches to our work in our 'Stories of Patterns of Change' publication. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trust, Relationships & Innovation

 

 

Trust

Trust is key in our work and we believe it is an essential part of positive social change. We take the discipline of consulting and facilitating seriously, trust plays a huge role in this work which requires adapting to diverse contexts, mediating, creating safe spaces for meaningful conversations, and making informed choices about applying flexible and adaptive tools in a range of different scenarios.

 


 

Relationships

We believe trust comes from building relationships, from the process of knowing individuals and organisations. We appreciate that our clients continue to invite us at key points in their growth and regard us as people they can trust to work with them and support their organisations, programmes and people in new and multiple ways.

 


 

Innovation

For us, innovation develops through a collective process, of de-constructing and reconstructing ideas and assumptions, by relating to each other in a meaningful way. We strive not to just be service deliverers, but more importantly as learning partners, equally keen to be part of the positive evolution of our sector.  This is how we identify expertise – or better, the ‘art’ involved in this type of work.

 

 

What makes us unique is our people

 

We have an experienced and enthusiastic team from all around the world, find out more about our staff...

 


 

Who we work with

Bringing Worlds Together

The international development community is large, complex and varied, and we have worked with all types of development organisations. Through our experience, we understand the challenges development organisations encounter.

 

 

UN Agencies and International Organisations

NGOs
Local, National and International

Public Sector 
(Government ministries, departments)

Private Sector Companies

Academia

 

 

We work with BIG organisations and small ones

 

 

 

Ian MacDonald stayed in touch with us through the years, often joining the groups on social events. He was delighted his organisation grew into a leading training and consultancy provider in the development world. In September 2006, Ian passed away and many of our alumni sent their condolences to us and his family. 

 

IMA International continues to promote the values that Ian strived for, of real participation and the creation of a warm social scene for all.