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 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

DPMI is taught by The Institute faculty, who are internationally-renowned development practitioners. At the end the program, you'll have a solid mastery of a wide variety of concepts, tools and technologies that you'll 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 and Washington, D.C. This year we are launching a DPMI Kenya pilot program.

Beginning in 2014, 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 will complete a client project for PIH during the training.

Also, 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?

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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