Policy Dialogue

International development aid and cooperation initiatives are largely dispensed through policy dialogue: international organisations together with national administrations (and most often civil society) have a growing concern regarding the quality of their programmes’ design, and the dialogue which supports them. Beyond operational issues, a more structured and substantive dialogue is required to support partnerships with strategic stakeholders and mutual financial and implementation accountability.

Designed and delivered in partnership with Adelante Knowledge and Development, this course is particularly suited for those engaging as government institutions and agencies, non-state actors, international organisations, advocacy groups, or jointly, on substantive issues of policy design and implementation.

Policy dialogue is a knowledge-based process that requires structuring a long-term integrated negotiation effort. Building up these skills is our goal.


Teaching Methodology

With a ‘learning by doing’ method, seminars are highly participatory with a mix of presentations, simulation exercises and personalized debriefings.
Video recording and analysis with personal feedback are central to all trainings.

Tailor-made Trainings:

  • Negotiating Policy Dialogue
  • Matching Tools with Policy Processes and Cycles
  • Documenting and Evaluating Policy Dialogue


During the training, participants will learn to:

  • Know how policy is made and the relevant entry points for impact on national policies and international debate;
  • Appreciate the key questions to be addressed at the different phases of a project or programme and how to use the operations to structure and support substantively policy dialogue;
  • Match an organisation’s cycle and national policy cycle;
  • Define internally the principles to conduct a strategic and informed policy dialogue;
  • Plan and document a policy dialogue process for an organisation, including the use of its resources;
  • Acquire holistic negotiation skills for formal and informal settings;
  • Develop bilateral, multi-stakeholder meeting/negotiation skills which are policy dialogue-relevant and compatible;
  • Develop practical know-how to organise and manage meetings;
  • Create added-value outcomes and decision-making processes through dialogue.