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About us


On this page you can view information about our direction, our people, our clients, our partners and our founder.


Ian MacDonald founded our company in 1983, 

at that time it was called Ian MacDonald and Associates.

In 1995 we became IMA International.






Our desired change:

Development practitioners and organisations around the world engage with IMA International as an innovative partner to develop their capacity to bring about transformational social change.


Relationships, Trust & Innovation




We value listening and empathy. We believe in relationships as a form of promoting collective thinking towards social change.  




We assume trust is essential to harmonise relationships and mutual support.




We promote un-learning and new approaches to development practice to facilitate adapting to social change processes and our role in these.


What makes us unique is our people

The Common Thread

Every single one of our consultants cares deeply about delivering social change.  That’s what brings us together, it is our common thread.

Experienced Facilitators

Our skilful facilitators initially show you the way and the gradually step back and let you and your teams take the lead.


Multidisciplinary Practitioners

Drawing on our team of multidisciplinary practitioners, we are ideally positioned to help you tackle complex problems in international development.

Academic & Field Experience

We bring academic and field experience together to help organisation’s bring about social change in their sectors.




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.

With the diverse mix of people across different sectors participating on our training courses, you'll find common experiences as well as new ideas to share and take back to your workplace.  


UN Agencies and International Organisations

Non-Governmental Organisations
Local, National and International

Public Sector 
(Government ministries, departments)

Private Sector Companies




We work with BIG organisations and small ones




Howdy partner

We like using the term ‘partners’. We want to be partners not only service deliverers, partners towards personal and organisational growth.

nef consulting


NEF Consulting is the consultancy arm of the UK think tank, New Economics Foundation (NEF). We put NEF’s ideas into practice by placing people and the planet at the heart of decision making.


New Economics Foundation (NEF) is an independent think and do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic wellbeing. They promote innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on social, economic and environmental issues.

The Kairos Project


The Kairos project increases the impact of charities and NGOs worldwide by empowering senior management teams through executive coaching and leadership development.

They partner with clients to help them increase their funding capability,
transform the way they work together, become more resilient and agile.


Levin sources


Levin Sources is a consultancy and social venture that moves more minerals through systems where good governance and better business are the norm.

For more than seven years, they have been at the forefront of responsible mining and sourcing, with unique expertise in issues surrounding raw materials sustainability and artisanal and small-scale mining.‚Äč




IMA partners with NEF Consulting to combine their technical know-how with our extensive international development experience to deliver our Value for Money course each year.


IMA partners with the Kairos Project to ensure a high-quality coaching and leadership development experience is available to our clients worldwide.


IMA partners with Levin Sources to co-deliver our Public Private Partnerships for Development course and consultancy to shine a light on the need for sustainable growth of organisations and industry with which we both identify.


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.