Expression of Interest: SWIDN are looking for new trainers for 2022

SWIDN are looking to increase our database of expert trainers

SWIDN is looking for experienced international development consultants, consultancies and freelance trainers available to deliver training for our members. If you are interested in being considered as a service provider to develop workshops, online training or webinars, please submit an expression of interest to 

In your expression of interest please can you state;

  • Your experience in running live and online training courses 
  • If you have experience writing online training courses that aren’t delivered live
  • The topics you can provide training on
  • References 
  • Your availability to deliver training over during 2022 e.g. any pre-existing client commitments or considerations which make particular days or times inconvenient
  • Whether you deliver off-the shelf or bespoke training materials
  • Who your training is aimed at and whether it is/can be catered specifically towards small charities (under £400k annual income) and/or large charities
  • Please include your contact details and either CV/ link to website/LinkedIn

This will be an ongoing call out as we are always looking for more trainers. 


The South West International Development Network (SWIDN) is a cross-sector membership organisation that supports and connects NGOs, civil society, think tanks, academics, consultants and private sector organisations to work more efficiently and collaboratively towards the achievement of the SDGs. 

We provide:

  • High quality, sector-relevant, convenient, affordable training opportunities
  • Networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities
  • Coordination and dissemination of information within the SW international development sector
  • A platform for for any person or organisation to engage with ending global poverty

Throughout 2021 and 2022, SWIDN are delivering a UKAid-funded programme to support and strengthen small internationally-focused CSOs in the South West. The programme aims to improve the resilience and capacity of small international charities  in the UK to achieve their strategic objectives across FCDO-priority countries. Through the provision of capacity-building activities including training, events, mentoring and accessible resources, this programme will enable small organisations to have a greater impact on the UK’s contribution to achieving the Global Goals.

SWIDN’s training programme

SWIDN runs training courses on a range of topics specific to organisations and individuals working in international development. Previously we have run courses on safeguarding, financial management, fraud prevention, institutional fundraising, gender and disability inclusion and more. Currently all of our training is live and online through Zoom, for either a half day or a full day split over two half days. We also offer shorter, lunchtime workshops for more in-depth training and in the past these have included sessions on proposal writing, intersectionality and peer support through active listening. 

Below is an example of topics we are looking to run training on in 2022;

  • Fundraising
  • M&E
  • Telling the stories of our work
  • Gender and Inclusion 
  • Managing remote teams
  • Managing downstream partners
  • Programme design
  • Project management and delivery, including adaptive management
  • Governance
  • Communication (including stories of impact and change, developing a social media strategy)
  • Decolonising aid/addressing racism in the aid sector