Communication for Development


Communication for Development


El curso está disponible en 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 in-house and international 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 international organizations including 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! We primarily offer seven learning streams in highly specific areas:

  • Strategic communication
  • Storytelling and creative writing
  • Social media for development
  • Digital and visual media tools
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Communication for events of all sizes
  • Communication for resource mobilization and donor visibility

But that's not the end of the list. We can work together to create a customized course around almost any communication for development topic, including:

  • Mobile journalism
  • Analytics to understand impact
  • Interactive and data storytelling
  • Digital and print reports
  • Visual identity
  • Communication and project management
What will you learn?

Zoom out from your daily work. In this learning stream, we break down the big picture of communication for development, from identifying goals to achieving them.

  • Communication challenges
  • Vision and action plans
  • Translating ideas into projects
  • The power of personal stories
  • Engagement tools
  • Multimedia content for specific channels

Today’s online readers want sensory experiences with lots of visuals. But don’t be discouraged: Creative communication takes many forms. It’s not always complicated or created by a 10-person team. In this learning stream, we study examples of online content from the United Nations, National Geographic, New York Times, and other trailblazing storytellers.

  • Photo essays
  • Visual stories
  • Interactive narratives
  • First-person stories
  • Video documentaries

Social media is the place to tell stories, raise awareness, and attract users. If you want to learn how to optimize your posts for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, this is the learning stream for you. You’ll get a guide to writing for social media, templates for social media posts, and a sample editorial calendar for your next social media campaign.

  • Platform subcultures
  • Calls to action
  • Testimonials and quotes
  • Numbers and statistics
  • Tips and tricks

From managing projects to creating graphics, digital tools can improve your workflow, messages, and products. But, the field is crowded. In this learning stream, we explain which tools are worth downloading, and why.

  • Google Analytics
  • InVision
  • Slack
  • Figma
  • Creative Commons
  • Jira
  • Medium
  • Canva

Some people dread them, others endure them, but few excel at them. In this learning stream, you’ll learn how to make more enjoyable and effective presentations. The best communicators can convey their ideas in a multitude of ways, and public speaking is a valuable skill.

  • First impression
  • Elevator pitch
  • Powerpoint and visual aids
  • Audience engagement
  • Questions and answers

As the world moves online, events follow suit. How can you transform your formerly in-person event into a useful online experience? In this learning stream, we provide a step-by-step guide to creating a complete event communication plan, including a timeline.

  • Pre-event promotion
  • Invitation
  • Registration
  • Confirmation
  • Reminders
  • Post-event communication

Digital reports are exciting, but print is not dead. In fact, with a little imagination, both mediums have potential. In this learning stream, you’ll learn how well-written and smartly designed materials can attract attention from and for donors.

  • Catchy titles
  • Keywords and “human words”
  • Scannable text
  • First-person voices
  • Story structures
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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Post-training support

Our guidance goes beyond the classroom. Reach out to our team of experts for help with your next communication and digital media project. We provide strategic services, including:

  • Digital strategy
  • Branding and visual identity
  • Community engagement
  • Storytelling
  • Campaigns

Visit our Services page to learn more.

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.