Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI)

DPMI is an innovative professional training program that prepares you for a career in effectively planning, designing and managing international development and social change projects. 

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.

What is Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation?

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 DPMI program focuses on innovative approaches to create projects, facilitate stakeholder engagement, and strategic partnering in response to contemporary development challenges, hence creating the optimal conditions for positive social change. Learn more about our curriculum.

Our Program

We host our intensive DPMI training every January in Monterey, California and Kigali, Rwanda and every May/June in Monterey and Washington, D.C. This year we are launching a DPMI Kenya pilot program.

New for 2014, the DPMI Rwanda training will be hosted by Partners in Health (PIH), a NGO co-founded by Nobel Peace Prize nominee and famous author, Paul Farmer. Participants will complete a client project for PIH during the training.

Starting in 2014, the DPMI Kenya training will be hosted by the Omega Foundation, a local non-governmental organization with a focus on promoting health and building livelihood support systems in Nyanza, Western and parts of Rift Valley provinces. 

Who should apply?

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.

Earn Your Leadership Certificate in International Development Project Management and Social Change

You will earn a certificate in international development project management and social change under the guidance of Monterey Institute faculty, who are internationally-renowned development practitioners. At the end of our DPMI program, you’ll have a solid mastery of a wide variety of concepts, tools, and technologies that you’ll use for current or future employers in the international development field.