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Capacity Development Across Cultures

A thought-provoking course that combines cultural intelligence with the latest thinking in capacity building.

Effective aid workers must have the ability to interact with their colleagues from across a diverse set of cultures. Capacity Development Across Cultures (CDAC) delves into the theory and practice of cultural intelligence, teaching you how to approach a professional role overseas or within a culturally diverse environment in Australia.

This course explores capacity building through cultural understanding, and combines theoretical approaches to inform real life scenarios. The practical nature of this training ensures you walk away confident in your ability to conduct your work in any cross-cultural context.

Learning objectives

  • Appreciate cross-cultural capabilities relevant to overseas or cross-cultural programs
  • Understand the influence of culture on behaviour
  • Unpack 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 building activities using contemporary approaches


Is this course for you?

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.

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.


Your 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 details

CDAC is offered in Sydney and Melbourne unless otherwise requested. Each course runs from 9am to 5pm for two full days and is non-residential. The course includes morning tea and a light lunch on both days. Participants must organise their own accommodation and transport arrangements.

Upcoming course dates

May 21 and 22


Participant group 

Cost per participant



Concession (full-time students, Red Cross employees/volunteers)**


**When registering, put student ID number (students) or 'Red Cross' (ARC volunteer/employee) in the box marked Concession.

Please contact us for information on group rates and bookings.