Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
What is the content of DPMI?

Module #1: Managing Development Projects - Participants learn about the project cycle and how to analyze project opportunities. They become proficient in using the Results Framework, related tools and advanced software to guide project design and monitoring. They also learn how to use indicators to assess project performance. During the module, students use country data to create a project and accompanying monitoring plan that is consistent with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). View 2-minute video on pedagogy for this module.   

Module #2: Social Entrepreneurship and 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 simulation. 

Module #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.Topics covered include participatory development methods, techniques of facilitating adult learning, needs assessments, adult learning practices, community mobilization, stakeholder negotiation, conflict mediation, and the training of trainers. This module will also touch on how issues of power present themselves in adult learning and development settings. You will acquire the skills and sensitive tenacity to create more inclusive, participatory learning environments.

DPMI Rwanda

DPMI Rwanda will focus primarily on Module 1 – “Designing and Managing Development Projects” with elements of Modules 2 & 3 interwoven in the curriculum as well as new materials.  There will be six days of intensive classroom instruction followed by 2-3 days devoted to a “real-life” client project with a Rwanda-based organization, Partners in Health.

Participants will learn, through tool mastery, how to design and assess projects that foster sustainable development.  There is a focus on HIV, Public Health, and Gender issues in the Rwandan context. Training also covers social marketing as a public health tool. Simulations and case study exercises will help participants become familiar with the approach to project development that is widely used in bilateral and multinational organizations.

DPMI Kenya:

The Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation Institute/Kenya program combines instruction, field visits, team-designed projects for client organizations (the Omega Foundation and a group of its NGO grantees), and readings. 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.

By the program's conclusion, participants will be able to:

  • Use a professionally recognized set of tools, techniques, and approaches to design a funding proposal that incorporates best practices for addressing a priority challenge related to education or general well-being 
  • Design a simple monitoring framework for this project  
  • Create a facilitated event plan to engage stakeholders  
  • Create an exit strategy, sustainability plan and implementation plan the project  
  • Incorporate a design thinking perspective into the project 
  • Create a working environment that builds social capital