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The IMA Story



Ian MacDonald founded the company Ian MacDonald Associates in 1983 which became IMA International in 1992.

The IMA in IMA International stands for Ian MacDonald Associates.


Ian 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.   





Meet Our Team

Working with our Partners



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.

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.



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.

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






What we do

Our core areas

We take a holistic approach to learning and can divide our expertise into six core areas...