Conferences and workshops

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INTRAC runs conferences and partnership workshops worldwide. These events promote the exchange of ideas between international development practitioners, academics, donors and policy-makers from around the world.

Event outputs include videos, publications, and guidelines, plus training for a wide range of organisations.

Upcoming events

Free webinar - Whose responsibility is it to push for well-planned exit? 

Friday 23 September 2016, 12:30 - 14:30 GMT

Would the long-term sustainability and impact of civil society organisations (and the communities they support) be improved if they had clear plans for managing withdrawal of funding or support from external partners? Whose responsibility is it to push for well-planned exit? How would well-planned exit contribute to sustainability?

In this free, two-hour webinar we will debate these questions with national and local CSOs, INGOs, donors, NGO support organisations, and researchers.

The focus of this webinar is on exit strategies from the perspective of partners. We will:

  • Hear presentations from Valuing Voices and Kennesaw State University on their recent work on exit strategies
  • Discuss ideas for participatory research into exit strategies and sustainability of interventions

The webinar builds on work to date on how INGOs and donors approach exit and lessons sustainability evaluations have for country-national handover. This work has revealed a big gap in evidence on the experience of partners. This webinar offers the opportunity for participants to get involved in addressing this gap.

To register your interest, please email Sarah Lewis at with your name, organisation, and contact details (including Skype address). 

Workshop - Listening, Power and Inclusion: Languages in Development NGOs

A free Workshop organised by INTRAC and the Universities of Reading and Portsmouth

Wednesday 2 November 2016, 1.30pm, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London

How does language affect relationships between NGO workers and the people and communities with whom they work?  What challenges are NGO workers confronted with when attempting to listen to people from different cultural backgrounds? Does the dominance of English in organisations influence power relationships on the ground? How is language embedded into NGO approaches to listening in different contexts - listening to local communities, listening to children, listening with other development actors?

As part of the Listening Zones project, we are inviting you to this participatory workshop to:

  • Hear about the research so far, drawing on historic case studies
  • Reflect on what we can learn from this for current practice
  • Shape the next steps of the research
  • Ensure outputs from the project are relevant and useful

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The Listening Zones of NGOs is a three year (2015-2018) research project that aims to raise the profile and importance of languages and cultural knowledge in the policies and practices of development NGOs.