Tailor made training

KIT provides tailor-made training in response to requests from clients such as educational and research institutes, NGOs and local or national governments and ministries across the globe.


Each organization faces context specific challenges and opportunities in the changing field of global health. Contrary to regular courses, the tailor made training programs are specifically designed to address the unique objectives and capacities of the requesting organization. For example, one of the challenges faced by an NGO in Afghanistan was how to effectively reach women in its program as well as recruiting and retaining female staff, KIT designed a training on gender mainstreaming and health governance to address this and other challenges faced by the NGO. KIT was requested to provide training to junior faculty of a University in North-East India on inter-active teaching and qualitative research methods.


Tailor made trainings are designed at the request of the client and in close collaboration with the client. There in a range of options in terms of:

Location: This can be where requesting organization is based, in the region, at KIT in Amsterdam or a combination of these.

Duration: From a number of days to a number of weeks or even a full degree program. On average courses are two weeks.

KIT offers the opportunity to use its e-learning platform ”Virtual Grounds” for part or total for the tailor made trainings.

Group composition: Courses can be organized for groups of various sizes, from one or several organizations, sectors or regions.

Topics: KIT facilitates courses across all areas of global health, its areas of expertise are outlined here. All KIT’s regular courses can also be organised as tailor-made course and adapted to the need of the client. In addition, KIT collaborates with external experts on specific topics where value is added.

Methods: This may include lectures, workshops, group work, presentations, role-plays, case studies, field work and study tours are possible. Based on adult-learning principles, most trainings will include a combination of these methods.


The process of developing the tailor made training will be started by close consultation with the client on the training needs, including a systematic analysis of target group or audience, their professional profile and task description. Based on this a practice-oriented training program will be designed, based on adult-learning principles. This means during the training, participants will work together to solve real-life problems. Participants will be offered tools (such as concepts, frameworks) to analyse their experience and challenges faced, in or shed new light on this and work towards innovative solutions appropriate to their context.

Examples of tailor-made courses

  • TMT Liberia Health management (2017)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation training package for the International Health Regulations (IHR)
  • Sierra Leone Human Resources for health (2016)
  • TMT Training of trainers in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nepal 2015)
  • Improving management and leadership capacities of family group practitioners in Mongolia (2015)
  • Refresher course Geohealth (blended: on site in Delhi and distance learning), in cooperation with ITC (TU Twente) and hosted by PHFI (India 2016)
  • Qualitative Research design and methodologies (India 2013)
  • Health Governance and Gender mainstreaming in Health (KIT 2012, training for Afghan ngo)
  • Gender training: good governance, strategic planning and gender: training for UNDP in Sudan (2007)
  • Health systems research, adapted to specific needs for partners in Thailand (2005), China (2004), Kenya (2004) and Vietnam (2004)

Possible topics for TMT

Next to the regular KIT courses also other courses can be provided as tailor-made training courses, such as Universal Health Coverage (UHC)/Health Sector Reform and Financing.