About us

Since 1983, IMA International has provided training and consultancy to people and organisations who work in the international development sector.

40 years of experience
Over 150 countries represented
35,000+ trained

We primarily work with government ministries, INGO’s, research institutes and UN agencies and the private sector to build capacity and make positive changes.

We believe in working with development practitioners everywhere to develop their potential to make a difference to the people they serve.

We are a values-driven organisation, whereby employees find alignment between their personal values and the organisation’s values creating a unified and motivated workforce.



Our goal

Development practitioners and organisations around the world engage with IMA International as partner to discover their capacity to bring about transformational change.


We offer the best training, facilitation and capacity development consultancy to government ministries, INGO’s, research institutes and UN agencies and the private sector to build capacity and make positive behaviour change.
Through our experience, we understand the challenges development organisations encounter. With the diverse mix of people across different sectors joining on our participatory training courses, you’ll find common experiences as well as new ideas to share and take back to your workplace.

Our experts are both trainers and consultants, using their considerable experience of real contexts, and knowledge of the latest thinking on development topics and best practice, to apply principles and techniques into our training. From value of ideas creates innovation.

We follow ISO guidance, and are accredited by the British Accreditation Company (BAC). You can read more about this here.


Our history

Ian MacDonald founded the company Ian MacDonald Associates in 1983 which became IMA International in 1992.

The IMA in IMA International stands for Ian MacDonald Associates.

Ian stayed in touch with us through the years, often joining the groups on social events. He was delighted his organisation grew into a leading training and consultancy provider in the development world. In September 2006, Ian passed away and many of our alumni sent their condolences to us and his family. 

IMA International continues to promote the values that Ian strived for, of real participation and the creation of a warm social scene for all.  

Find out more:

IMA organised & delivered a very instrumental course on PPP. I will revisit our partnership engagement in the light of the tools, insights and experiences I got.
Assafa Hailu
, Care
It’s been a while since I last attended an IMA course. But I have very fond memories of the three I attended in Bangkok (2 in a row) and Cape Town (1). I have completed/submitted the survey. Best Regards to the great IMA team.
Cornilious M. Deredza
, MEFMI Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute

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