Partnerships increase the impact of our activities and the effectiveness of our work.
We undertake outreach and consultancy with a range of partners who support our mission to build the capacity of professionals and institutions in the Global South.
We place a strong emphasis on understanding local contexts and regularly interacting with policy and planning practitioners.
We are proud to have a have a long history of working with institutions whose values and concerns resonate with our own vision and mission.
Collaborations are central to our core teaching, research and TAS activities, and they’ve helped us built strong relationships and pioneer new approaches to development practice around the world.
Our collaborations include:
- African Centre for Cities
- Asian Coalition for Housing Rights
- Architects sans Frontieres
- Bloomsbury Gender Network
- Centre for Community Initiatives
- Tanzania Foro
- Ciudades para la Vida, Peru
- Indian Institute for Human Settlements
- Practical Action
- Training and Advisory Services
Training and Advisory Services (TAS) are as much a part of our institutional identity as our teaching and research activities, having begun in the 1970s. In many ways these constitute a significant part of the the 'non-academic' side of our work, which is fully embedded in development practice.
TAS activities take place in six main areas:
- Knowledge and research co-production
- Methodology development
- Policy analysis and development
- Institutional capacity building, including training and strategy development
- Advocacy and lobbying
- Programmatic inputs
Our capacity building encompasses executive education; training of members of community organisations, central and local government officers and staff of international agencies; and on-the-job consolidation of new skills.
Our advisory work covers a range of different inputs related to needs assessment; policy and strategy development and design; organisational and institutional development; and monitoring and evaluation/impact assessment.
TAS work at DPU is by no means independent of our other activities. It relates closely to the way we produce and share knowledge through our four research clusters - and it is the academic rigour that we bring to our Training and Advisory Services that makes it both unique and exemplary.