Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
What is the difference between the training program in Monterey, DC, Rwanda, and Kenya?

The Monterey (January session) and DC training curriculum is identical. Both training sites offer a three-week training covering project planning, facilitation and stakeholder engagement, and social entrepreneurship and strategic partnership. Training is 15 days and includes instruction by Dr. Beryl Levinger, Evan Bloom, Gary Shaye (Monterey only) and Sharon Bean (DC only).

DPMI Rwanda is a 10 day training of which 2-3 days are devoted to completing a client project for the world-famous Partners in Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Content will cover project planning, facilitation, partnership, and social marketing but with a focus on education, health, and gender issues. The key difference between this program and the Monterey and DC trainings is the focus on social marketing and the integration of a real client project. Training is 10 days and includes instruction by Sharon Bean.

The Rwandan training focuses on the use and mastery of tools and frameworks that represent “embedded theory.” Tool mastery will prepare participants to foster sustainable development. The tools to be featured in the program are widely used by bilateral and multinational organizations including USAID, the World Bank, and UNDP.

The Rwandan program is a practicum and will include optional site visits to the Genocide memorial at Igisozi, the National Museum in Butare, and the Akagera National Park.

The DPMI Kenya program is a joint course with Locus where participants will learn a variety of tools and approaches to support project design and advancement with a focus on integration and local solutions. Participants successfully completing the program will have the opportunity to be placed with a Locus partner organization for an internship in Nairobi to apply the newly acquired skills to a real project within the organization. 

These elements are blended together to give program participants an in-depth understanding of the complexities of designing, delivering and monitoring projects that address the challenges that development organizations face in expanding educational opportunities for the populations they serve. 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.