Making Innovation Work

Making Innovation Work

Making Innovation Work

Coaching Partnerships for Inclusive Agribusiness

Are you passionate about making innovations work for the agribusiness sector?

Would you like to create change in local innovation systems aiming at inclusive business? Do you wonder how to create opportunities for agribusinesses in value chains?

Welcome to our 3-month blended-learning programme, which will help you make a real impact on the livelihoods of communities for a very long time to come. 'Making Innovation Work' supports you to translate innovations into practical interventions. You learn how to get commitment from a wide range of stakeholders and guidance on how to translate your innovation into profit.

When you are working on exciting innovations for the agribusiness sector - your ultimate goal is of course to get support from agribusiness actors and see your innovation implemented and have a real impact. We are passionate about helping innovators like you reach this goal! Your work will have great and sustainable impact when you know how:

  • to deal and navigate the complexity and unpredictability that are inherent to innovation processes.
  • to identify and apply appropriate proven business models
  • to find out the different interests of key players and help them achieve common ground, by considering the minority view
  • to identify win-win business solutions - without having to compromise
  • to recognise ‘bumps in the road’ and successfully handling conflicts and designing mitigation strategies by effectively reflecting and learning
  • to understand yourself and your role as facilitator or accelerator of group and multi-stakeholder processes.

"Making Innovation Work" allows you to become a key player in making innovation work for the agribusiness sector.

What kind of course is this?

The course "Making Innovation Work" is a three-months blended learning programme with online and group trainings. It combines the advantages of group learning and digital (on and offline) learning instruments.

In the group training you will learn from people from different contexts, getting exposure to other realities during real-life case studies and field visits. During the group training you will also be exposed to interactive learning and facilitation techniques that might inspire and serve as role model for you.

The digital instruments will allow you to learn in the time that suite best to your agenda. It will also assure application and adaptation to own reality while being coached by trainers with a wide range of experience.

Course components

Two-week group training in the Netherlands (residential/in-person)

You will learn about the building blocks of innovation processes and how to navigate projects in complex settings. You will assess proven business models and their relevance to accelerate entrepreneurial development. You will learn how to involve the relevant stakeholders and motivate them to commit to long term partnerships. You will visit and talk to stakeholders that are part of a innovation process in the Netherlands and learn about the dynamics of such processes and the role  a broker plays in it.  

You will learn how to design multi-stakeholder meetings and how to guide group discussion towards successful outcomes while keeping everybody on board and finish in time. You will learn how to facilitate negotiation processes towards win-win solutions. 

Digital modules (online)

The digital modules consist of audio and video files, transcripts, ready-made templates, background reading and practical assignments deepening the materials dealt with in the face-to-face training.

Individual coaching (online)

You will get personal feedback from the iCRA trainers and fellow trainees on your practical assignments as well as coaching - as you apply your learnings in your own context. We help you achieve your personal learning objectives and beyond

Online mastermind sessions (online).

During online group mastermind sessions, you can ask all the questions you like and discuss and reflect upon common challenges with your fellow trainees and iCRA trainer.  

"I used to struggle with how to create a team which I don't need to chase; a team in which all of us work together on development and cooperate". 

Toni Apita, Facilitation for Peace and Development (FAPAD) in Uganda (iCRA Alumnus 2015) 

Who can attend this course?

The course is specially designed for professionals who.. 

  • Are mid-career project& programme staff from international & national NGOs and Extension services working in the agri-sector
  • Are ambitious and want to make a change
  • Are ready to invest 2-4 hours per week in the month before and after the two-week group training 
  • Are proficient in English

Making Agribusiness Work is offered in English and in Spanish. For more information about the Spanish course go here

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This course is a recognised NUFFIC course and therefore qualifies for OKP & MENA Scholarships. Each course participant will receive a certificate of attendance after completing all elements of the three months programme.   


Date and venue

8 - 19 June 2020 | Wageningen, the Netherlands (10 May - 20 July full programme incl online learning)
26 Oct - 6 Nov 2020 | Wageningen, the Netherlands (28 Sep - 10 Dec full programme incl online learning)



Course costs

Tuition fee: 4479 euros

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Terms & conditions for courses

Scholarship information
& application form

OPENS 5 February 2020

Making Innovation Work is offered in English and in Spanish. For more information about the Spanish course go here

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