The Institute runs training and professional development programs for development professionals and practitioners. The Institute also looks for opportunities to apply the skills developed to serve the international development sector, to domestic work in Australia.

Many of the practice-based classes designed as part of the Masters in international Development can be adapted to serve as short professional development courses for the sector.

Partnership Brokers Training

Yeshe Smith, in association with the Partnership Brokers Association, ran a Partnership Brokers Training course for La Trobe academic and professional staff in April.

The four-day skills and professional development training course was developed by the globally recognised Partnership Brokers Association and is based on over thirty years of practice-based research. This unique course provided those working in and on partnerships with frameworks, tools, techniques and skills development to build their confidence and competence as partnership brokers.

The course proved highly popular and we are considering running another course in the future. Please email us if you are interested in attending a future training course.

Workshop for Australia Awards scholars

In June 2015, Chris Roche and Gillian Fletcher, with La Trobe's Dennis Altman, ran an interactive workshop with more than 275 new and departing Colombo Plan and Australia Awards scholars in Melbourne.

The workshop was part of a day-long 'Welcome and Farewell to Victorian awardees' program organised by DFAT. Participants were asked to consider what, for them, was the burning issue in international development, with responses including sustainability, climate change, and corruption. Read more details about the workshop here.

Masterclass with Asia Pacific Journalism Centre

The Asia Pacific Journalism Centre, the Institute and World Vision Australia held a three day masterclass in March 2016 as part of its International Development Journalism Fellowship. The Institute led two days of the workshop, presenting on key development issues in Australia and Cambodia.

The masterclass provided a unique opportunity for journalists to develop skills for reporting on the international relief and development sector, and its increasingly important role in national politics and international relations.

Making Change Happen

The Institute of Human Security and Social Change at La Trobe University and the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) are working together to deliver Making Change Happen – an innovative professional development program aimed at leaders and senior managers from development NGOs.

The program focuses on the challenges that NGOs will need to address if they are to remain relevant and effective in 10-15 years’ time. NGOs operate in complex and dynamic environments where disruptive changes are the norm. However conventional approaches to development and ways of working are not always well-aligned with the need to innovate, reflect, and adapt.

The program will engage participants in an experiential, applied learning program run over a nine-month period which combines knowledge sharing, discussion, practical application, reflection and learning.

The Making Change Program consists of three units. All participants are strongly encouraged to enrol in the first unit “Foundational Issues in Making Change Happen”. Participants can then choose to enrol in either or both of the second or third units depending on their areas of employment or expertise.

Key program dates

Unit 1 - Foundational Issues in Making Change Happen
  • Wednesday, 14 September 2016
  • Thursday, 15 September 2016
  • Wednesday, 19 October 2016
  • Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Unit 2 - Program Management in a Complex World
  • Tuesday, 7 February 2017
  • Wednesday, 8 February 2017
  • Tuesday, 7 March 2017
  • Wednesday, 8 March 2017
  • Thursday, 30 March 2017
Unit 3 - Organisational Development in an Uncertain World
  • Wednesday 19 April 2017
  • Wednesday 31 May 2017

Download the information pack.

Register for the program.