The Introduction to Development course  has been designed so that you can explore the idea of development and poverty, placing it in the context of the socio-cultural reality of those affected. We will discuss the needs of individuals and communities, how they should be assessed and the ways in which they can and should be addressed.

If you  would like to gain a deeper understanding of  what constitutes international development and  explore further the effects that different approaches have on individuals and communities this is the course for you. This participatory training provides a vital introduction to key and emerging issues in international development. Through practical exercises and discussions, this experiential one day course will give you the opportunity to gain both a broad overview of the latest ideas in international development and a deeper understanding of the concept and practice of what constitutes the  ‘development’ conundrum.

Content Outline

Perception of developed and underdeveloped - Historical background to development work.

Object versus subject need - What exactly is poverty.

The role of international organisations in reacting to perceived situations - How issues are addressed.

Socio-cultural dynamics and their impact on development interventions - Current development approaches and their potential effectiveness.

The different research methods in international development - Assessing needs and planning interventions.

Reacting to child malnutrition in the Gambia - Case study of aid, trade and sustainability.

The big issues and what matters in international development.

Who for

Those with a general interest in international development, and those who would like to work more effectively in improving lives through development programmes.




The Royal Geographical Society,
1 Kensington Gore,
London, SW7 2AR
Who with

David Measures is the Director of Social and Economic Development with over ten years in the field. A post graduate from the Institute of Development Studies, he is a socio-economist, specialising in sustainable livelihoods, innovations and the wellbeing approach.  He has expert experience in designing and implementing development interventions in collaboration with bilateral and multilateral donors, in Sub-Sahara Africa and the Western Pacific. David takes a multi-disciplinary approach to his work, including anthropology, sociology and economics, and has been lecturing and facilitating international development courses for nearly 10 years.

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