Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI)

Formerly known as “Development Project Management Institute,” DPMI has evolved into “Design, Partnering, Management & Innovation,” a leadership certificate in international development project management and social change.

About Design, Partnering, Management & Innovation (DPMI)

DPMI is a leadership certificate in international development project management and social change. Development is the process of finding creative solutions to chronic problems of hunger, poverty, disease, joblessness, and powerlessness. Social change refers to any significant alteration over time in behavior patterns and cultural values and norms. Our program focuses on innovative approaches to designing projects, facilitating stakeholder engagement, and building strategic partnerships to address contemporary development challenges and promote positive social change. Learn more about our curriculum

DPMI is taught by internationally-renowned development practitioners. By  the end of the program, you will have a solid mastery of a wide variety of concepts, tools and technologies that you can use in current or future employment in the international development and social change field. 

Our Program

We host our intensive DPMI training every January in Monterey, California and Kigali, Rwanda and every May/June in Monterey, Washington, DC, and Nairobi, Kenya. 

The DPMI Rwanda training is hosted by Partners in Health (PIH), a NGO co-founded by Nobel Peace Prize nominee and famous author, Paul Farmer. Participants complete a client project for PIH during the training.

Starting in 2015, the DPMI Kenya training is jointly hosted with "Locus: the Point of International Development", an alternative development initiative dedicated to leveraging the best of local and the best of global through strategic partnerships, a focus on local solutions, integrated approaches to development and a shared framework for measurement. Locus focuses on engaging the international development community to drive adoption of locally owned and integrated solutions to ensure new solutions to development challenges. 

Who should apply?

DPMI is sponsored by our Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. DPMI is open to graduate students, current practitioners, career-changers, and a limited number of outstanding undergraduates.

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