BAOBAB provides

  • a learning facility for development managers and practitioners worldwide
  • access to a support network and exchange of ideas for learners and development practitioners.

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BAOBAB offers...

  • Interactive learning facilities/modules for self guided learning in:
    • Development Design
      • Approach and methodology
      • Ecological dimension
      • Economic dimension
      • Socio-cultural dimension
      • Political-institutional dimension
      • Roles of projects / programmes and external funders
    • Project Cycle Management
      • Analytical methods in planning
      • Logical Framework planning
      • Managing implementation (including operational planning, organising, monitoring, evaluation)
    • Facilitation and Consulting
      • Theories/concepts (including Gestalt- and complexity theories and practice)
      • Communciation
      • Group/team working (including conflict management and intercultural management)
      • Procedures/Tools
      • Process skills
      • The facilitator/consultant
      • Practicalities of facilitated events

  • Comprehensive handbooks on a development management system, developed and used over the past 13 years for training development managers from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

    Topics covered:
    • Design of development interventions
    • Project/programme cycle management (planning and implementation)
    • Facilitation

  • A Resources Centre listing books, periodical articles, journals, and other websites of interest to development workers.


  • Support to BAOBAB users in the practical application of the development management approaches and tools offered. This includes advice and comments from BAOBAB staff in response to users' queries, referrals to other sources of expertise, and the networking of users with other users working in similar projects or programmes and facing similar challenges.
    Individual attention and support is available to BAOBAB users enrolled in training courses offered by BAOBAB staffers, and who use BAOBAB for preparation and revision purposes.

BAOBAB material has been compiled and refined by an international group of development management trainers.
In 2000 Baobab conducted a survey of the impact of its training on South African trainees. Click here for the results in the Training Impact Survey 2000.


BAOBAB's aims

Baobab promotes politically conscious development processes based on the ethics of humanism. Development requires suitable approaches to deal with its complexity, as much as interventions (e.g. projects, programmes) require focused approaches to be effective and efficient.

Baobab aims for

  • development interventions that tackle the real problems of people, especially the poor
  • changes appropriate to the local situation, its potentials, and socio-cultural context
  • professionalism and sensitivity in facilitation on the part of development interveners

The development management methodology makes a clear distinction between the responsibilities of intervenors - for example development managers / workers in projects and programmes - and those of the people / beneficiaries, in order that the energies and potentials are combined productively in partnership arrangements to tackle the problems of the world's poor.