IDIA Training on Managing Innovation for Impact


A pioneering course in innovation management


Finding innovative solutions to address complex development challenges is essential for driving progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. As the breadth and diversity of development innovation tools and approaches continue to increase, the ability of organisations to efficiently and effectively manage innovation processes, resources and relationships becomes ever more critical. 

To help address this challenge, the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) has supported the development of a unique training course of dynamic learning and skills for innovation managers. Designed and delivered by some of the world’s leading innovation thinkers and practitioners, this course provides essential training for organisations and individuals who are committed to managing innovation for greater impact, and is designed to help participants become catalysts for scaling innovation within their local and global ecosystems. It combines inspirational ‘TED-talk’ style keynote addresses from innovation leaders with a rich variety of case studies, tools and hypothetical scenarios to help participants acquire and practice the skills that are immediately relevant to their needs, including:

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A unique experience for innovation managers

The very first iteration of the IDIA “Managing Innovation for Impact” training was hosted by The Rockefeller Foundation at their conference centre in Bellagio, Italy from 8-12 October 2018. In 2019, the course will be hosted by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in the unique waterside setting of their Partnership Forum Centre in Härnösand, Sweden. Here, participants and faculty will work together to unpack and address the key contemporary challenges that managers in innovation-supporting agencies face in making informed decisions and impactful investments.

As a residential course, participants will be able to spend a concentrated period of time grappling with the most challenging parts of innovation management, while also building strong and lasting relationships with other students and faculty members participating in the course.

In this way, participants will benefit from the ‘cohort effect’ – the richness of experience that comes from training as part of a community. This initiative is specially designed to help build strong and sustainable relationships across the diverse cohort of faculty and participants to enable fellowship and interaction far beyond the duration of the course itself.


Participant Feedback from the 2018 Training in Bellagio, Italy

This course was absolutely phenomenal. It had many flavours - spiritual retreat, technical seminar, networking event, and global health strategy session.
— 2018 Participant from the USA
The course was a great overview of what is out there and who is doing what. I thought the presenters were top notch and highly skilled in their respective fields. One of the greatest assets for myself was to organise such an interesting cohort of participants from around the world who had so much to offer to the conversations.
— 2018 Participant from Malawi
The faculty delivered content that I had never come across, and they did it in such a way that made me reflect more about my work, our projects and organization. Overall, I consider myself a much more confident manager than I came in, and I look forward to connecting more with my fellow cohort of trainees who have now become my friends. Thank you IDIA for the great opportunity!
— 2018 Participant from Kenya
This opportunity was incredible. Having such considerable amount of time with colleagues grappling deeply with the issues I am dealing with is incomparable.
— 2018 Participant from the USA
Super high-quality lectures; super high-quality facilitators; super high-quality logistical arrangements; above all super talented and experienced like-minded colleagues!
— 2018 Participant from South Africa
The course challenged my thinking/ assumptions, the practices in our organisation, and kept challenging me to think about where I can provide input into current processes and how I can practically apply it. I didn’t think I would be going home with this many new ideas!
— 2018 Participant from Canada

2020 Training

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