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On this page we answer the question, what is Consultancy? We also explain why we think it’s important and our approach.

You can also find out more about our In-house Training and view related news.



WHAT 'CONSULTANCY' means to us:


We honour the relationships we have and enjoy the interactions we are part of.  The majority of our consulting work arises from clients who then recommend us to others.

With our attentive contracting and customised delivery, you can expect:

  • Challenge, support and space to take stock and change

People involved in the consultancy are likely to experience:

  • Breakthroughs; insights; surprises; validation of experience and new conversations

You are likely to gain:

  • Renewed dedication; deeper connection with colleagues; increased ambition and energy for learning and a clear sense of collectively agreed action

Typically, your organisation and IMA International have cultivated a relationship of mutual trust which allows for this style of consultation.  For example, we are often approached for consultation once clients have got to know us through being part of a learning and training programme, group facilitation or retreat event.  


Working systemically, we offer:

  • accompaniment-style consulting
  • strategic thinking and planning
  • developing theories of change
  • participatory facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes
  • training of facilitators and trainers
  • capacity building
  • organisational assessment
  • designing M&E and organisational learning systems
  • evaluating development programmes
  • facilitating action learning
  • designing and reviewing education/training programmes






We see good things with the way we consult with individuals and groups. Our clients are keen to look at fundamentals; at purpose and identity; at international trends; at the call for meaningful response and at supporting those who work with uncertainty and transformation.

Consultancy is an opportunity to experience break-throughs, insights, validation of experience and new conversations. You gain more energy for learning, increase ambition and hold a clearer sense of purpose.






We offer consultation services for groups of decision-makers and implementers, international development practitioners, working in function or project teams – in complex organisations of social change.

We bring a principle of co-creation to the work we undertake. We honour the organisational relationships we have - the majority of our work arises from clients who experience the value of working in this way and recommend us to others.  We ensure that we create the conditions where we and our clients deal with challenge, benefit from support and space to take stock and expand for greater understanding and results.

We draw on experience and current thinking in the relevant disciplines to facilitate collective processes and provide stimulating, fitting input.  We will ensure that all processes reflect and are grounded your organisational identity and direction.



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In-house Training

Build your own training programme with a customised in-house course for your organisation. 

With in-house training, you can choose the course that's right for you. Mix and match objectives and topics, location and course length, and number of participants to perfectly suit you.


How your team can benefit from in-house training


In-house training offers three benefits:

Customised - a customised course will meet your staffs' specific needs. We can create a course based on an identified skill gap or workplace issue or if you prefer our consultants can talk with you about your training needs before you decide on a course. The location, duration and timing are up to you.  

Inclusive - by training whole groups or teams you make sure nobody is left out. This way the training has greater and more lasting impact.

Economical - by training a whole team or department, the cost per person is less. Our fees are based on the training itself, so it makes sense to fill the course with up to 25 participants and get maximum value for money. 


How do I start?

If you are not sure what your needs are, why not take a look at some of our suggested topics. Alternatively, just email and one of our consultants will be happy to talk through your organisation's needs. If you already have a firm idea of what the training needs of your staff and want to know how we can help, fill in our enquiry form. We’ll send you some thoughts on course design.


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Featured news  


EAFM Training of Trainers



Great sharing on our last day of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Training of Trainers, near Tarcoles, on Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The 6 participating Latin America and Caribbean country teams presented solid strategies for supporting the development/revision of pilot site fisheries management plans. Coaching provided by REBYC II-LAC project coordinator, senior lecturer from University of West Indies, Chris Grose and Silvia Capezzuoli.

Learn more about EAFM here...

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We were pleased to recently host members of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique, in the UK for a 10 days tailor made workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation for Results.  The participants were part of the Agricultural Productivity Program for Southern Africa (APPSA) which seeks to improve technology generation and dissemination within and among participating countries in southern Africa by building capacity within national R&D systems and enhancing regional collaboration.  Using the current organisational documents of APPSA, we covered the fundamentals of M&E and then went into depth about tools and techniques related to M&E including Theory of Change, Participatory Data gathering...
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RBM workshop in Lesotho



Dani, Giulio, Silvia, Mick and Leigh are in Lesotho facilitating a workshop on RBM for the Lesotho Data project funded by UNDP and European Union. Great start with social and institutional map.  More news soon...

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The Italian NGO ACRA works in different countries, directly implementing projects and working through partners.

Recently, staff at HQ articulated the need to harmonise their understanding of M&E concepts and tools. Leigh and Silvia facilitated a workshop for ACRA in Milan, allowing project and support staff to develop their own understanding of what M&E means to ACRA.

We worked on theories of change for a couple of projects and critically, spent time looking at how to develop and strengthen the relationship between projects and the wider, organizational learning environment, ensuring engagement and accountability.   

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We were very pleased asked by AVERT to support their thinking process as they develop their next 5 year Strategic Plan.  As a starting point we explored the team’s thinking around AVERT’s work and reason for being- working globally on HIV and AIDS prevention.  Using Theory of Change we discussed the importance of personal and organisational assumptions, highlighting how much we need to be aware of these as they frame our view of reality and social change.  The AVERT team developed their theory of change over a number of weeks and IMA provided continuous support.

The next step was facilitation of the...
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Giulio and Daniel have recently been to Murmansk (Russia) where they facilitated a Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation design system for the Barents, Baltic Nature and People Programme. The workshop supported the WWF Russia Murmansk staff in designing a Participatory M&E system integrated with qualitative data collection and analysis.  Participants had a practical experience around the value of timelines and Stories of Change for M&E purposes integrating a qualitative approach to the usual Key Performance Indicators (KPI's).

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A rare occurrence happened last week, four of our in-house consultants were in the office at the same time!

It was a perfect opportunity to ask them what they have been up to and what they have got planned in our first vlog!

If you have questions you would like to hear our consultants answer or topics you would like them to discuss in the next one, please leave a comment.

Thanks, Ruth Jolly, Chris Grose, Giulio Ghirardo & Silvia Capezzuoli.



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We believe that for a training course to be a real learning experience, participants need to feel they go home with real ‘takeaways’ which they can comfortably put into practice to improve their work. 18 participants from UNDP, World Bank, Ghana Revenue Authority, Rwanda Electricity Corporation, KOICA, Centre for Communication Programmes Nigeria, Danish Refugee Council, Porticus Trust Kenya, SIDA and independents gathered together for 2 weeks at our seafront venue to talk, listen, learn and share experiences. We know that all 18 participants from 11 different countries definitely acquired new skills and tips at a personal level. In terms of professional development, key...
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Our recent 'Leadership and Management in Development’ course in Brighton went well...

It was a great group of participants from India, Sudan and Nigeria engaged in corporate social responsibility, nation-wide health programmes and international aid funding and development. We explored stimulating themes such as the requirements of leadership in our current context; systems thinking, the nature of power, motivation and teams. We used action learning and reflection to establish goals, offer peer support and share new intentions.
We also all enjoyed a social visit the new Brighton...
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Supporting fisheries management in Mexico. Working with The Nature Conservancy, Mexican government agencies CONAPESCA and INAPESCA, and fisheries consultant Derek Staples, Silvia is running the Essential EAFM course in Mexico City this week. The main participants are INAPESCA and CONAPESCA fisheries agencies from both Pacific and Atlantic programmes, plus SEMARNAT (environment agency) and FAO.

This is the 1st of a longer-term series of nine modules (online and face-to-face) planned over a 3-year for building capacity for the two main government agencies. The popular Essential EAFM course has been translated in Spanish and is running for the first time in the central and Latin...
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In Brussels, a group came together on our five-day Knowledge Management training course this week. With ten nationalities and diverse contexts in play, participants learnt, studied, practiced and shared to gain deeper understanding of the art of knowledge management. They left in high spirits, taking with them a clearer sense of direction, concrete next steps and enlivened belief in the necessity and benefits of knowledge management.

We were able to enquire into the elements that make sharing and using knowledge work; the notion of a supply and demand side; how purpose and motivation matters and how ICT advances and increased relational working...
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We are holding our fourth leadership forum Wednesday 7 June 16.30, Mercure Hotel, Brighton seafront: A connected approach to leadership - How a shift in perspective improves strategic thinking and much more. Come and find out:

  • What remarkable results happen with a shift to a connected, transdisciplinary perspective?
  • How is it possible to reach collective agreement from conflict?
  • How did an elephant conservation project ended up tackling biodiversity loss, climate change, land degradation, poverty and civil war?
  • How can this connected approach improve strategic thinking;  foster creativity, adaptability, and response to complex, unpredictable situations; and minimises negative side effects?

Guest speaker Dr Susan Canney