Centre for International Development & Training (University of Wolverhampton)

Centre for International Development & Training (University of Wolverhampton)

CIDT facilitates people-centred sustainable development across the globe. We work in partnership to develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge of individuals and institutions at local and international level. We have been providing students with the opportunities presented by a first class education for over 180 years. With over 500 courses to choose from delivered across our 18 Schools and Institutes, the University of Wolverhampton`s attractive offering to students from around the world includes 95% graduate employability (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey 2015), teaching informed by world-leading research, strong business links, and state-of-the-art facilities.

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The Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) is unique in having the corporate backing and research support of an institution of higher learning, while functioning as a social enterprise deeply involved in the practice of international development. We have successfully adapted the traditional model of the University to meet the technical and institutional needs of developing countries.

Capacity strengthening for inclusive and sustainable development

Capacity strengthening is at the heart of our work at CIDT. For more than four decades, we have worked in over 140 countries worldwide to deliver programs, projects and consultancies aimed at enhancing capacity across a range of sectors. Our services are relevant to the needs of stakeholders in developing countries and professionals working in international development.

Our work is demand-driven, highly participatory and tailored to meet specific client-determined needs. Developing knowledge, facilitating learning and collaboration, and promoting best practices are key to our approach to promoting sustainable development.


The genesis of the present day CIDT goes back two decades before the University of Wolverhampton itself. From teacher training in Agricultural colleges in the 1960s and vocational training of overseas agricultural teachers in the 1970s, an overseas unit of the Wolverhampton Technical Teacher’s College emerged. The commission of in-depth study programmes in the UK, by the Overseas Development UNIT of the UK (ODA) marked the start of today’s CIDT. The Unit trained over 700 overseas agricultural teachers and, during these early years, carried out its first overseas assignments providing technical assistance. By the end of the 1970s, it was a small but effective team with a growing track record and reputation for excellence in technical training in agriculture.


The Overseas Unit grew in strength and scope of its activities and by the mid-80s had become a semi-autonomous and self-financing unit within Wolverhampton Polytechnic. In 1984 the Overseas Unit was renamed the Agricultural Education and Training Unit (AETU) to clearly reflect the core work of the growing team. The AETU enjoyed partnerships in Fiji, Sudan, Nepal, Tanzania and Bangladesh to support capacity development of agricultural institutions.

The 1990s

Reflecting the paradigm shift in international development towards people-centred development, in the 1990s CIDT moved strongly into the environment sector, into social development and gender, and into formal school-based education, to complement its on-going adult education services. In 1993, a postgraduate PhD and Masters programme in Development Education was initiated and ran for 14 years. Competitive bidding for development work was becoming the norm, and CIDT won its first contract to manage a four year institutional strengthening project of the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education. In 1995, the AETU was renamed as the Centre for Rural Training and Development (CRDT).

The Centre's core work since the millennium

In the fast-changing global landscape, the Centre’s scope widened beyond rural development, as it responded to a broader set of needs and requests. Accordingly, in 2001, its name was changed to the one we use today: Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT). It became quite unique in the UK academic sector, as a university department of international development that is based not on teaching, rather that is a self-funded centre involved in a blend of consultancy and project/programme management services.

CIDT today

Reaching 40 years old is quite a milestone!  Many factors have enabled CIDT to flourish over the years: we have stuck to our core values and offered grounded, practical experience in the field; our team has been flexible, able to respond to changing policy and practice environments; and we have the strong backing and structure of the University of Wolverhampton.

Over four decades of capacity strengthening in a wide range of settings has enabled us to feed lessons learnt and best practice from across the globe into ongoing projects. We have also built a reputation for excellence on the quality of our deliverables and a proven ability to deliver time-bound assignments to a very high standard.

CIDT is a specialist in capacity strengthening services for international development agencies, projects and programmes. We offer practical solutions based on over 4 decades of experience in more than 140 countries worldwide, with capacity strengthening at the heart of all that we do.

Our Vision

Strengthened capacity for inclusive and sustainable development

Our Mission

To be the partner of choice for empowering individuals, organisations and institutions to attain their full potential and reach their desired goals.


To achieve our mission, we:

  • Develop individual competencies to conduct specific tasks;
  • Improve individual and organisational capabilities to perform efficiently and effectively; and
  • Strengthen the capacity of projects, programmes and policies to foster an enabling environment for inclusive and sustainable development.

Our Values

Our values underpin all the work we undertake. They are:

  • Partnership
  • Participation
  • Effectiveness
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Equity
  • Sustainability


Our guiding principles express how we embody those values.  We:

  • Work flexibly and in partnership to optimise performance and meet client and stakeholder needs.
  • Promote participatory approaches and both depth and breadth of stakeholder engagement.
  • Ensure high quality standards, effective delivery and a results-oriented approach.
  • Maintain transparency and accountability in our engagement with clients, partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries.
  • Promote gender responsiveness and empowerment, and give voice to marginalized and vulnerable groups.
  • Value diversity and recognise diverse perspectives and contributions
  • Enable our clients to implement interventions that have lasting impact on the society and economy, while protecting the environment for future generations.