Facilitation Training and Capacity Building Course


In an intensive skills-oriented residential training, participants are invited to share the intercultural and development challenges from the sector, projects and context in which they work. Relevant participatory models and tools will be applied in creative ways by the participants in situations of progressively advanced levels of complexity and challenge. With support from the facilitation team and from each other, participants work on real issues, create new knowledge, gain new confidence, and strengthen existing skills as well as develop new ones applicable to leadership and facilitation of sustainable development in an intercultural and multi-stakeholder context.


The course goal is to strengthen leadership and capacity to:

  • Facilitate participation and learning in development programs and projects
  • Strengthen dialogue, collaboration, and shared commitment amongst diverse actors and stakeholders
  • Promote action for sustainable development and beneficial change

Who is this for?

This course is intended for CIDA program/project staff, in-country partners and other key individuals working in CIDA-funded programs and projects in the field.

Please contact us to discuss course availability in French, English, and Spanish.

When and where?

Courses may be held at any time during an international collaboration and must bring together the partners involved and will be held where the greatest number of key players can meet.

How can I register?

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Additional information

For more information, please communicate with the Centre at:

Telephone: 343-203-8400

Toll free (in Canada): 1-800-852-9211

Facsimile: 819-997-5409

Facsimile toll-free (in Canada): 1-877-723-1604

Email: cultures@international.gc.ca

Participant comments

“Liked how theory and practice – individual/group/organizational - were integrated within the week.”

“I will apply new tools – or the knowledge of these tools – to my work context. Will chair and participate in joint donor meetings with a greater appreciation for the value of working through conflict – will strive to “hold” it rather than avoid it.”

“Motivating and inspiring. Built a whole network of amazing people. Now understand the concrete connection between facilitation and developmental change.”

“A masterpiece. The energy and logic of sequences, organization all through the 6 days, team of the day.”

Participants in the Facilitation Training and Capacity Building course held in Gatineau, Quebec in February 2010.

"The workshop provided a highly interactive and effective learning process using different techniques and tools."

Egyptian participant in the Facilitation Training and Capacity Building held in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2004.

"Learning this set of skills is very important; and that is why we prioritized it so highly."

CIDA manager participating in the Facilitation Training and Capacity Building held in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2004.