Partner Capacity Strengthening Course

International Development, Training

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Are you involved in capacity strengthening or organisational development work with local partners, and finding things aren’t going as you imagined they would?  Maybe you’re grappling with how to provide remote capacity strengthening support, particularly in the context of COVID-19? If these are the sorts of challenges that you’re facing, then INTRAC’s new Partner Capacity Strengthening online course is designed to help.

This course introduces participants to the core skills needed to support a partner through an organisational change process. It will give you an understanding of the true nature of organisations, and how to assess capacity strengthening needs. You will explore methods and tools for capacity strengthening. You will learn how power dynamics impact on organisational change processes in partnerships, and identify how to promote partner ownership. You will also have the opportunity to explore your own strengths and weaknesses as an external change agent, and identify new practical approaches to try.

What is the course format?

The online Inspiring Change: is a facilitated, interactive and collaborative e-learning experience. You will have access to:

  • Five interactive live sessions via Zoom facilitated by our highly experienced consultant and an instructional producer, including small groups discussions and exercises. Each live session lasts 90 minutes.
  • All programme materials on the INTRAC e-learning platform, including videos and self-paced activities
  • Opportunities to interact with other participants on the programme through the platform discussion forums and the live sessions
  • Feedback on your individual assignments

Who is this training course suitable for?

This course is particularly relevant to programme staff with some experience in capacity strengthening and/or organisational development support work with international partners, which they would like to build on. It is also relevant to staff who are intending to engage in some form of capacity strengthening support work in the near future.

What you will learn

Over six weeks,  you’ll cover all of the basic core skills needed to support a partner through an organisational change process, including:

  • How to assess a partner’s capacity strengthening needs
  • How to increase partner ownership of any change process
  • Recognise how power dynamics impact on the effectiveness of capacity strengthening work with partners, and what to do about this
  • Identify a range of different capacity strengthening tools and approaches
  • Analyse which capacity strengthening initiatives are working and well, and how to overcome common capacity strengthening challenges
  • Explore your own strengths and weaknesses as external change agents, and identify new strategies that can help you to increase your effectiveness


Application deadline: 10 May 2021. Please take note that we may close the applications earlier once the course gets fully booked.

Course trainer: Lucy Morris is an organisational change specialist with more than 20 years experience of working in the not-for-profit sector in humanitarian and development contexts both in the UK and overseas, including at senior management level.  Her career has spanned work with the Overseas Development Institute, the UN, the Red Cross, faith-based and secular INGOs and national NGOs in the UK, Africa, Asia and Central Europe.

Lucy holds a Masters in Applied Anthropology, Community and Youth Work as well as a Diploma in Child Psychology, and is an accredited partnership broker and a qualified coach – specialising in transformational change.   She’s an experienced trainer & facilitator, with a track-record of delivering training in ‘effective and equitable partnerships’ and co-facilitating leadership development programmes.


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What you require

You will need a laptop and ideally also a headset, as well as access to broadband internet. You will need to be able to download Zoom to access the live sessions. INTRAC’s e-learning platform (Moodle) is accessible through a browser.