What Students Say

  • "This has given me a very helpful insight into the world of planning and management in NGOs. A wide range of topics too that have both addressed questions but introduced a lot of things I never knew I needed to know! It is challenging to hear from the experiences of others and very helpful to work through an actual example case study to design a project."
  • "It is incredible studying in such beautiful countryside within a stunning country house. It was great to study and share life alongside such a diversity of students from all over the world who were very down-to-earth and friendly. Discussing deep issues generated from the short course with my classmates late into the night was one of the best advantages for the interactive nature of the course and living on campus for a few days."
  • “A really enjoyable week. Great insights and training. Thanks!”

Course Tutor

Dr Mark Gaplin

Dr. Mark Galpin BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, MSc (Tropical Agricultural Development), PhD (Agricultural Development).

Planning and Managing for Transformational Change

19 - 22 April 2022​​​
INTENSIVE (online optional) 

This course is designed for those seeking to update their skills and knowledge in the planning and management of community based programmes, and the running of organisations which seek to have a holistic impact on their communities and wider society, both in the global North and South.

We will examine the voluntary sector: its strengths, weaknesses, and key challenges and the specific issues facing Christian faith-based organisations as they seek to remain relevant and effective into the future.

Using a hands on approach participants will examine cutting edge development approaches and tools including strength based approaches, Theory of change, and Participatory approaches to monitoring, evaluation and learning. Power and systems theories and alternatives to project based approaches will also be explored together with tools for advocacy and peace-making. The challenges and opportunities of responding to humanitarian disasters will also be considered.

The course will be facilitated by Dr Mark Galpin who has extensive experience of development programme design and management, and leadership of faith based development organisations. 

Those accessing Advanced Short Courses will be provided with relevant reading materials and other information to enable their full participation in the course.

ASC participants are not required to complete an assignment and will receive a certificate of participation on completion of the course.

Library Resources

All Nations has one of the finest mission libraries in the country with over 50,000 volumes as well as a wide range of journals and audio visual material. Free Wi-Fi is available in all the buildings.
For those studying virtually, readings are supplied by college online and any additional reading you would like from our library catalogue may be accessed by emailing our librarian.


We have a range of comfortable single, twin and double bedded rooms. Although our rooms are not en-suite, all rooms have wash basins. Baths and showers are located near each room. Towels and bed linen are provided. All meals are served in the college's cafeteria. Special diets can be catered for, please give notice when booking.

Key Information

  • Tuition Fee
  • Accommodation
  • 2022:

    4 day intensive tuition fee (online or on campus): £550

    NB This is for tuition time only.

    *Your £50 non-returnable registration fee (payable on application), will be deducted from this amount.

    It is possible to buy a hot or cold lunch and receive refreshments at the college priced at £10.00 a day, but this must be organised beforehand. For more information please email: ma@allnations.ac.uk

  • Full board accommodation for the length of the course is: £30 per night*

    The accommodation booking form is available once accepted onto the course, should you require.

    * Full board includes breakfast lunch and dinner. This rate includes the night before and after the course dates. Full board accommodation for extra added nights will be charged at the normal full board guest rate of £42 per night.

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