MDF Training & Consultancy is a worldwide operating organisation. Since 1984, the year they started as ‘Management for Development Foundation’, they aim to contribute to improved management of organisations working for development through training and consultancies. MDF has regional offices in Sri Lanka, Brussels, Tanzania, Vietnam, D.R. Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, a representative office in Latin America (Colombia) and an independent office in Ede to serve the Dutch market.
Products and Services
MDF provides courses, workshops, facilitations and consultancy services for individuals and organisations. Their services are especially designed to strengthen the managerial and organisational capacity required to perform effectively (to achieve set objectives) and efficiently (at optimum costs).
In addition to the open-entry courses of their regular programme, MDF offers tailor-made courses and workshops. These workshops and courses are often multi-disciplinary and geared to the specific needs of their clients. They also adapt their open-entry courses to meet specific needs. MDF regularly assists organisations in the design of new strategies and organisational development plans, as well as with the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of these plans. MDF has a wide experience in evaluating large programmes in different areas.
MDF brings together current management theories and tools with practical experience in development programmes and projects worldwide. Their approach to training, as well as to consultancy, is of a practical nature, rich in visual elements and with a high degree of participation.
MDF staff members are specialists in their particular field and are both trainers and consultants. As their staff is involved with both types of activities, they maintain a close link between theory and day-to-day practices in the field. They believe that this way of working enriches the training courses and keeps their staff always at the forefront of emerging development ideas and best practices.
MDF employs about 110 staff members and in addition calls upon experts from its satellite network and its pool of affiliated consultants. All MDF experts are professionals who create good and sincere working relations with the course participants and our clients in the field.
MDF provides services in the areas of:
Strategy & planning
Monitoring & Evaluation
Leadership and Management
Human resources management
Networking and lobbying
Higher Education Management
Private Sector for Development
MDF delivers its services to a wide variety of clients. They include donor organisations, co-funding agencies, national and regional government organisations, universities and higher education Institutes, international and national non-governmental organisations, and consulting firms. MDF has carried out assignments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe and, of course, in the Netherlands and Belgium. Course participants are from all different professional levels (from junior to senior) and diverse cultural backgrounds (from North, East and South).
Characteristics of MDF
The principles incorporated in all their services encompass fundamental values such as the interest and willingness to learn and share ideas with others, the possibility to simplify complex matters and the fact that experience and wisdom are available within networks, organisations and individuals. They reach consultancy objectives through combining their professional knowledge and experience with those of their clients. Very often MDF thereby serves as a facilitator in a didactic learning process, while at other moments they contribute their expertise and guidance.
The active involvement of their clients in diagnosis, planning and change has the double benefit of mobilising commitment and making optimal use of existing information and views.
Working with their many, culturally diverse clients they have learned what it takes to improve the performance of individuals, organisations and networks. They wish to distinguish themselves by the following characteristics:
Inclusiveness through working closely together with their clients and stakeholders, and generally encouraging a participatory approach. This implies their focus on building lasting relationships with clients and other stakeholders
Transparency, honesty and openness. In many settings they deal head-on with sensitive issues, addressing rather than circumventing them. Inter-cultural sensitivity, excellent communication skills and a sense of humour help them lift barriers
Professionalism in their attitude to their work; creativity in the methods and solutions they recommend
Visual in capturing the essence of debates and options, crisp and clarifying in summarising new agreements and outstanding issues while avoiding vague descriptions or jargon
Quick in noticing and debating new experiences and trends, translating them into best practices, tools and new services
Linking up with international advisers with complementary know-how, such as public health or private sector development
As expressed in their motto 'Their world is about people', MDF believes that people are the key to success
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