Our program encourages learning in a
highly interactive, participatory, student-centered community.

Three Intensive Modules

Week 1

Designing & Managing Development Projects

Participants learn how to design and assess projects that foster sustainable development through tool mastery. Simulations and case study exercises help participants become familiar with the approach to project development that is widely used in bilateral and multinational organizations including USAID, the World Bank and UNDP.

Week 2

Social Entrepreneurship & Strategic Partnering

Participants, working within a context of social entrepreneurship, become proficient in the use of tools and techniques to conduct an analysis of vision and mission; identify core competencies; and forge strategic partnerships to enhance organizational effectiveness. Innovative software applications are introduced to support a challenging simulation.

Week 3

Facilitating Participatory Development

Participants master tools and skills needed to effectively assume the roles of facilitator, trainer, and change agent. Local human resource development is an important component in every development project. The module focuses on transferring skills to participants so they can conduct their own training programs.


DPMI Rwanda

The DPMI Rwanda training offered each January covers project planning, facilitation, and partnerships along with social marketing. There are seven days of intensive classroom instruction and 2-3 days are devoted to a “real-life” client project for Partners in Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Training content covers topics in health, gender, and education.

DPMI Kenya

Participants will work side-by-side with Kenyan professionals from leading NGOs to design innovative solutions that address local priorities. Learners will gain skills in fostering participatory development (with a thematic focus on education),  leading change, measuring progress, crafting attractive funding proposals, and using monitoring data to communicate results.

Build Expertise   

Through intensive, hands-on activities intensively linked to contemporary development challenges, DPMI participants gain practical skills to manage development projects in a variety of contexts. 

Examples of what you'll create:

Problem Tree and Results Framework
Facilitation Session Plan
Core Competency Mapping
Project Design Summary
Logical Framework
Strategy Canvas