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Capacity Development Across Cultures

Enhance your effectiveness working across cultures

A thought-provoking two-day course that combines cultural perspectives with the latest thinking and approaches to capacity development.

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Who is this course for?

Capacity Development Across Cultures (CDAC) is invaluable for anyone planning to work overseas in a humanitarian or development context, and for people working across cultures in Australia. Participants come from a wide range of professional backgrounds.

What will you learn?

Appreciate cross-cultural capabilities relevant to overseas or cross-cultural programs

  • Understand the influence of culture on behaviour
  • Understand capacity and capacity development
  • Integrate cultural perspectives into capacity development practice
  • Build trust and work collaboratively with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Engage in capacity development activities using contemporary approaches

After the course, you will be better prepared to apply for and succeed at volunteer or paid roles with both Australian and overseas agencies, or bring additional skills to your current role.

Pre-requisites and assumed knowledge

There are no pre-requisites for this course. However you will benefit most from this course if you have some experience working in cross-cultural contexts in Australia or overseas.

Our facilitators

CDAC is facilitated by Leadership Strategies, practitioners with extensive experience in international development, training, cross-cultural learning and development.

Deborah Rhodes
Deborah is recognised for her expertise in capacity development approaches for Asian and Pacific countries. Since 1986 Deborah has worked for the Australian government and non-profit aid agencies and as a consultant in the Pacific Islands, Indian Ocean and Caribbean countries as well as Indonesia, China, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Deborah is experienced in all aspects of aid program management, facilitation and training.

Ernest Antoine
A thought leader, Ernest Antoine is a qualified psychologist and management consultant specialising in cross-cultural learning and development in organisations and global leadership. Ernest trained at Harvard University and founded Leadership Strategies in 2002 to strengthen the engagement of global organisations in the Asia-Pacific region, including enhancing performance for a multicultural workforce.

Course dates and locations

Capacity Development Across Cultures is offered several times a year. Each course runs two full days and is non-residential. Participants make their own accommodation and transport arrangements. All course rates include training materials, lunch, and morning and afternoon tea.

Upcoming course dates

Melbourne: 17-18 November 2016 (Red Cross offices, 155 Pelham St, Carlton, VIC)

More course dates will be announced for 2017.

CDAC course fees

Participant group Cost per participant
Government, corporate and other organisations $980
Individual members of the public $870
Full-time students $690
Australian Red Cross staff members and volunteers $770

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CDAC Testimonials

"Excellent facilitator, excellent content, challenged assumptions/habits but practical ways to overcome them too." Danielle, CDAC participant, June 2015

"The whole course was very good - Deborah is a very engaging, experienced and knowledgeable presenter and facilitated interesting group discussions. The role plays were very clever and helped reinforce the learning." Marianna, CDAC participant, May 2015