Core Skills Development Programme

Management and Leadership
Skills Development Programme

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Programme benefits

Evidence shows that Context programmes make people feel more confident about their roles in humanitarian work regardless of discipline or function. They are better prepared and able to see the part they play in a broader context.
This makes them:

  • More ‘rounded’ humanitarians with a wider outlook and an understanding of the ‘big picture’ of humanitarian work, seeing beyond their day-to-day, practical input;
  • More assured about ‘doing the job’ - and more accurately able to gauge their abilities;
  • More assertive and vocal, even in the most difficult situations;
  • Braver, to enter unfamiliar scenarios or assume new responsibilities;
  • Less inclined to respect red tape; and
  • Better leaders.


A participant now feels able to present the organisation in external forums and is no longer worried that the Government may not welcome the organisation in certain parts of the country because of its Christian identity – as she now feels able to explain what that identity does and does not imply. There are many similar examples.

New responsibilities

"As soon as I returned from the first workshop, I was asked to become the Emergency Manager, and in that role there have been a number of tools I immediately used". (a participant) "More ʻroundedʼ humanitarians with a ʻbroadened outlook" "He no longer just says ʻnoʼ. Instead, he gives more thought to things". (a line manager)


"[I] now value humanitarian work more positively because, from a development perspective [I] used to judge humanitarian work as something very reactive, when in fact there is a creative and very challenging process of reconstruction. As a result, [I am] feeling much more confident about [my] own ability to contribute/ lead in humanitarian work". (an M&L participant)