About ISDM

ISDM is an institution founded to create, strengthen and establish Development Management, a domain that transcends the exclusive silos of ‘development perspectives’ and ‘management principles’. ISDM recognises the need to 'professionalise’ the Leading and Managing of Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs). The institution sees the development space as requiring the application of management disciplines that are unique and tailored to the scale of the sector. Management that doesn’t merely retrofit Business Management to development projects, but one that is born specifically from the coming together of the two crucial domains.

We have audacious ambitions to be an iconic, internationally renowned, praxis driven, autonomous institution that will be a fountainhead of knowledge for the domain of Development Management, with an objective to change the way SPOs are led and managed resulting in far greater and sustained impact of the billions of dollars and millions of people working in development.