Communication for Development


Communication for Development


The course is available in English

The ITCILO’s Learning Innovation team works with local, national, and international stakeholders to create design thinking and communication workshops. These tailor-made experiences are available upon request and customized for specific needs.

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Key features

Complete innovative exercises from our Design Kit


Receive guidance from our digital media experts


Learn from our thought-provoking presentations


Get familiar with the tools powering today’s global communications

Who is this course for?

Over the past few years, our team has created design thinking and communication workshops for the International Labour Organization and the International Telecommunication Union. We are open to working with organizations, institutions, and companies of all sizes, including:

  • Universities
  • Research institutions
  • Local media companies
  • The United Nations system
  • Non-governmental organizations

Don't fit into one of these categories? Reach out to discuss how we can customize the experience for you.

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What topics might this course cover?

It depends! In past workshops, we have helped participants with:

  • Analytics and engagement strategies
  • The integration of design into communication plans
  • Social media, writing for the web, and digital strategies
  • Multimedia content such as data storytelling, interactive articles, video reportages, animations, quizzes and polls

We will work together to conceptualize the perfect training course, according to your requirements and objectives. Together, we can:

  • Solve your key communication challenges
  • Come up with a vision and actionable plan
  • Translate ideas into communication projects
  • Understand the power of personal stories and storytelling as a tool for engagement
  • Develop new multimedia content based on specific communication channels
What will you learn?

We help participants hone the skills they need to achieve the results they want. Past workshops have focused on:

  • How to craft creative cross-media communication campaigns
  • All about social media and the storytelling approach
  • The importance of moving beyond analytics, toward data visualization techniques

Our in-house experts have years of experience in digital media and design, social media engagement, and web analytics.

Who are your trainers?

In-house learning and training experts facilitate the course materials and processes:

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What will you be able to do?

Participants that take this course will learn how to package and repackage content in new ways.

  • Create different media relations strategies for local and international channels
  • Coordinate an integrated communication approach that includes mobile, desktop, and print content
  • Tell meaningful and engaging stories that stand out, both online and offline, and are targeted for different audiences

If you want to create human-centered content that inspires people to act, and helps you reach your goals, we can help.

Why should you choose the ITCILO?

This course is for many profiles, from those who know exactly which skills they need to work on to those who need specific guidance in all areas.

  • We work with you to understand your needs and co-design an effective workshop.
  • We don’t do generic. Our offer is extremely specific and requires commitment from both sides. We want this to work for you!
  • We bring our Design Kit—full of hands-on exercises that help teams find out-of-the-box solutions—with us to every workshop.

We’re creative professionals that love a good challenge. Reach out today.

What tools will you use?
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An industry-standard design tool for creating simple website prototypes called wireframes


A powerful tool that helps UX professionals create interactive website prototypes to test with real users

What is design thinking?

The ITCILO’s Design Kit is a physical tool that helps teams take a human-centered approach to problem solving. Empathy and curiosity are the essence of the Design Kit—and of design thinking. Teams mix and match methods, come up with out-of-the-box ideas, and reach innovative solutions through hands-on collaboration.

In this course, in-house experts guide participants through a full design thinking workshop.

At the conclusion of the course, each participant receives a take-home Design Kit.

Why is communication for development relevant today?

The topic gathers a range of methods and tools, from local media to virtual reality, to maximize the impact of development initiatives.

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Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?

Tailor-made courses are a joint effort between stakeholders and the ITCILO. If you are interested in working with one of our teams to create a course, simply send us an email.

What are the criteria and qualifications required for admission?

There is no specific application procedure for tailor-made courses. Teams match participants’ needs to training activities through joint discussions about language skills, job experience, and academic background, among other topics.

What do the prices cover?

Prices are agreed upon between stakeholders and teams.

Tuition prices cover course preparation, implementation and evaluation, training materials and books, and the use of facilities and support services. For face-to-face courses, tuition also covers study tours (if planned) and emergency medical insurance.

Subsistence prices cover accommodation and full board on campus, laundry services (for courses longer than one week), and local study visits (if planned). For courses outside Turin, subsistence prices cover accommodation and full board, as well as incidentals, depending on the available facilities.

What if I need to cancel?

Cancellation of participation in tailor-made courses will result in the following penalties:

  • 14 days or more prior to the start date of the course: No penalty, 100% refund of amount paid less applicable bank charges
  • 8 to 13 days prior to the start date of the course: Penalty of 50% of course price, refund of residual amount paid (if any) less applicable bank charges
  • 7 days or less prior to the start date of the course: Penalty of 100% of course price

Click here for more information about the Centre's cancellation policy and refunds.

How many participants are admitted?

Most tailor-made courses are organized for 20 to 30 participants.

What can I do to prepare?

Certain tailor-made courses include a preliminary online learning phase. Participants should complete all online learning modules to prepare for the face-to-face phase.

Where will I stay?

Subsistence prices cover accommodation on the Centre's campus and three daily meals. Prices vary depending on course length.

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