International development processes are complex, inter-related, non-linear, and constantly changing. They involve many different types of actors, all with different levels of power. Systems Thinking methods try to mirror these qualities, and move away from more conventional project design and implementation that use simple linear input-output-impact project logic. Systems Thinking helps us to understand and deal with the root causes of the issues at hand and break the constant cycle of reacting to immediate crises in fragmented ways. This training will show participants how to adopt a systems mindset and put it into practice.

The primary objective of this training is to equip participants with the skills, knowledge, and tools required to apply a systems mindset in their thinking, working practices and decision-making. Participants will learn how to approach upcoming challenges systematically, take multiple perspectives and develop impactful solutions.

On completion of the training, participants

  • are familiar with the core concepts and principles of Systems Thinking
  • are aware of the role of power dynamics in systems
  • have learned about a diverse set of Systems Thinking tools and methods, including Systems Mapping, and have tried out several of them
  • have looked specifically at the challenges of localisation and/or climate change adaptation from a Systems Thinking perspective
  • have reflected on how to overcome institutional barriers to Systems Thinking
  • know where to find additional resources and tools on Systems Thinking

Proposals should be submitted until 03/05/2024 to