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 event - 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.

Recent events

Webinar: Building sustainability of civil society

Thursday 4 December 2014

Following on from our Building Sustainability of Civil Society Workshop (Tuesday 25 – Wednesday 26 November) we hosted a free webinar on civil society sustainability. Speakers discussed core aspects of civil society sustainability and shared learning from the workshop. Speakers included Felix Wood from Afrikids, UK, Jenny Hodgson, Global Fund for Community Foundations, and Anabel Cruz from Institute for Communication and Development, Uruguay.

For more information about the webinar please email

Workshop: Building sustainability of civil society

Tuesday 25th – Wednesday 26th November 2014, St Anne’s College, Oxford, UK

INTRAC held a two-day workshop for practitioners, civil society organisations, foundations, social enterprises, private sector representatives and development agencies to share experiences and practical responses to the sustainability of civil society.

Changing aid dynamics and global power relations have huge implications on civil society sustainability. To respond to urgent challenges facing the sector, the workshop brought together voices from civil society, the private sector and the development sector.

Over 80 participants attended and our exciting range of speakers included representatives from: AFFORD, Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action (CIVA), DFID, Giving What We Can, International Centre for Social Franchising (ICSF), International Step by Step Association (ISSA), Southern Africa Trust, and Wilde Ganzen.

Take a look at our YouTube Channel to watch what participants from DanChurchAid, Wilde Ganzen, ISSA, Save the Children UK, WWF UK and Southern African Trust thought about it.

Day 1: Sustainability of Civil Society

The first day explored, through plenaries, panel debates and participatory small group discussions focused on specific examples:

  • What do we mean by sustainable civil society? What does a sustainable organisation look like?

  • Challenges to sustainability faced by civil society organisations in different geographical, economic and political contexts

  • Alternative perspectives on sustainability of civil society through the eyes of social enterprises, private foundations, corporate entities, Diaspora givers, philanthropists and donors

Day 2: Practical Experiences of building capacity for sustainability

The second day delved deeper into the topic, working around specific case studies and examples in plenary and small groups, focused on:

  • Tools and guidelines around sustainability
  • Case studies on alternative models for sustainability
  • Good practice in designing exit strategies with sustainability in mind