Better Development: A Justice Based Approach

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A three-day training in leadership for impact, innovation and learning.

As well as the Dhaka training on 8-10 September 2020, we will also be hosting this training in Cox's Bazar on 15-17 September.

We’ve been destroying our world and its people for generations. The solutions we have been using are not enough. People are beginning to realize that we have to do better and we must act now. Our three-day training will revolutionize the way you work on humanitarian, development, social change, and environmental justice initiatives in both your work and life.


You will develop the skills to think critically about the systematic challenges facing our sector and wider society and your role in solving them.


We will develop you as a leader and make you more effective in bringing about positive change and lasting impact.


Justice and rights are the cornerstone of humanitarian, development, social change, and environmental work. With a Justice Based Approach, we reflect on why -- after 25 years of rights-based approaches -- inequality, environmental destruction, discrimination, and impunity are bigger challenges than ever before. During the training, we take cutting-edge approaches one step further by addressing the significant gaps that still exist in human rights based programming. Addressing power and privilege through critical thinking and reflection improves our effectiveness for grounded change led by the people we serve. We will develop your ability to ask challenging questions and share tools with you that will transform the way you design programmes, lead your teams and live your life.

Our trainings are participatory, innovative and proven to be incredibly impactful. Join us!


We will critically challenge and explore many assumptions about methodology and practice in the following areas:

  • Privilege and Power

  • Strategic Leadership

  • Programme Design

  • Evidence-based decision making

  • Participatory Approaches

  • System Analysis

  • Localization

  • Rights Based Programming

  • Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning

  • Ethics and Accountability

We will also explore a number of innovative and exciting practical approaches that you can apply to your work.

The training will challenge you, inspire you and give you the tools to lead environmental, social change, development and humanitarian work that is truly transformative.


This training is designed for leaders of development and humanitarian agencies, as well as anyone that wants to create positive social change or environmental impact in their work, life and community. We also welcome participants from all levels of organisations and from diverse departments to the training, which creates a rich mix of experience and perspectives.


Daniel Bevan and Matthew Kletzing, Directors of United Edge, design and deliver this training. Find out more about their areas of expertise and background here.


While we aim to deliver our upcoming trainings in person, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that this depends on local travel and event restrictions, as well as the global situation of the virus. The safety of our participants and the people in the countries where we work is absolutely paramount to us. If we are not able to deliver the training face-to-face, we will conduct it online using a platform designed for our interactive style of delivery and learning to retain the high standards that we're so well-known for. For more information about our response to COVID-19 please click here.


If you have any further questions please check out our FAQ section and don't hesitate to get in touch. Feel free to download a brochure about the training here.


"The training session is really mind-opening: after having this training, it will definitely change everyone's way of thinking for development." Participant from WaterAid, Nepal

"I never had any training like this before! It gives insights to see systems [and] development work differently, as well as helps individuals to think out-of-the-box." Participant from United Nations FAO, Bangladesh

"Great Training! With great trainers, one can get to know [one's] own passion, strength, and weakness through different activities of the training. This training is helpful for both organizations and individuals to make a change in one's life. [You] will get the chance to interact with different people . You will feel fruitful, as one can learn through interactive, sharing, group work and energizer games." Participant from Empowering Women of Nepal


Between 2017 and 2019 over 1,000 people attended this training from over 400 organisations in 36 trainings all across Asia, the Pacific and Europe. In 2020, we will bring the training to:

  • Kathmandu, Nepal: 02 - 04 September 2020

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh: 08 - 10 September 2020

  • Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: 15 - 17 September 2020

  • Yangon, Myanmar: 28 - 30 September 2020

  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia: 06 - 08 October 2020

  • Vientiane, Laos: 14 - 16 October 2020

  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia: 04 - 06 November 2020

  • Hanoi, Vietnam: 01 - 03 December 2020

  • Colombo, Sri Lanka: 08 - 10 December 2020

Fee information

$450 USD per participant

WHAT’S INCLUDED • Three full days of training led by highly experienced facilitators with decades of combined experience in this field • Over 21 hours of training • Better Development Resource Pack containing notes from every session and a pre-prepared presentation and session plan so that you can hold a sharing session back with your colleagues, wider network and community • Ongoing access to our online community of social change makers, including optional quarterly Learning Space calls for ongoing professional development • Lunch and two refreshment breaks each day

GROUP DISCOUNTS Group attendance is a wonderful way to learn and develop together as a team. A 10% discount is available when you book 10 or more places on a single training. Groups can be from multiple organisations, provided they book the training together. Donors and organisations have used this as an opportunity to support partners to attend, for example.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE We proudly offer a limited amount of financial assistance to help cover part of the fee for people who may otherwise find it difficult to attend. Financial assistance applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, please contact us. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 we provided $62,605 worth of financial assistance to participants, ensuring that grassroots and local organisations with limited funds and big aspirations can develop their work for greater impact and positive social change.

How to register

Places at the training are extremely limited and many of our trainings get booked up quickly. Please book your place early on our website to avoid missing out.