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Step up your Leadership and Team Management

Our workshops on Leadership and Team Management can elevate your entire team or organisation to another level: towards a positive and collaborative culture with self-managed and accountable team members that effectively contribute to change.

Our leadership and management support consistently receives only the best marks from participants and leaders. Since 2014, we have collected experiences with dozens of teams and hundreds of civil society leaders from the global south. Our most common formats are:


  • Leadership and team management workshops, introducing basic concepts, reflecting on current self- and team leadership and management practices and creating commitment to behavioural changes on personal and team level

  • Hands-on introduction of more effective team processes, for instance by training the team on agile management practices and facilitating the team processes for an introductory period.

  • Intensive and longer-term leadership and fellowship programs which combine training and leadership coaching


MOST WANTED Workshop: If your team is rather new to management topics, and you want to bring the team collectively to a higher level, we recommend our residential 4–5-day leadership and team management workshop format.


  • We use a large toolkit for self-reflection on leadership and management practices, including a self-leadership model, value-based leadership, day-to-day management tasks, and our adaptation of the 7 habits of highly effective people  

  • We use tested models to reflect on team performance by looking at the phases of team development, prevalent practices to manage individuals, accountability processes, and the status of performance management.

  • We connect our concepts to purpose and civil society, through case studies of some of the most inspirational people and organisations in the sector

  • Where applicable, we introduce agile processes for organisations and teams, such as design thinking, scrum or holacracy

  • We offer leadership coaching in accordance with the practices and principles of the International Coaching Federation. Many of our facilitators are profession


  •  We have run seven open exceptional leadership courses and more than 40 open team and leadership trainings with more than 700 participants, mostly from Africa and Asia. All trainings consistently scored high among the participants.

  • We have facilitated dozens of customized team and leadership workshops for organisations around the globe incl. Hundee in Ethiopia, Tata Trust in India or Welthungerhilfe in Sierra Leone.

  • We introduced agile processes in an initiative in Afghanistan, and in a number of multi-country initiatives of Welthungerhilfe, for instance in relation to rural governance, scaling, and land rights in Africa and Asia.    

  • We facilitate longer-term leadership development programs or young people with the Youth Empowerment Program in Cambodia, and for the International Land Coalition with fellows from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

  • We have conducted leadership coaching processes with more than 100 leaders from around the globe.

What others say about us


Ato Zegaye, Hundee

"I feel very inspired after the workshop. The spirit was fantastic and everyone is very engaged and motivated to turn our newly acquired knowledge into action. I have also gained much more conceptual clarity and am full of ideas. A big thank you to the super facilitation!"

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Sirshendu Paul, TATA Trust India

"I believe that every leader is reflective. What he or she needs is a space where there is no fear to express him or herself. Where he or
she can understand what is within and what needs to be done more. That kind of space was safely given by the CSA during the course."


Ursula Langkamp, Welthungerhilfe DRC

"Definitely made the right choice. It has been a wonderful and enriching experience. Thank you for organising a much-awaited workshop. Looking forward to more learning."



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Topics: Leadership, Organisational Development, Fundraising, Youth Empowerment

Dirk has been committed to the civil society sector for more than 25 years. With his passion, positive energy, optimism, and autonomy, he likes to see people grow and find their true purpose and values. His empathy and international experience in leadership positions throughout Asia and Africa made him an exceptional facilitator, trainer, and coach: Dirk would love to work with you in one of the CSA courses. In addition, he is also a qualified outdoor trainer. His family and nature are central to Dirk's life.

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Joachim Schwarz

Topics: Leadership, Social Innovation, Advocacy,
Multi-Actor Partnerships, Coaching

Joachim is passionate about social justice and is on a mission to support like-minded civil society actors and social entrepreneurs to become more powerful and innovative. Hence, in 2014 he left his NGO career to build the Civil Society Academy. He is an outstanding facilitator and coach with expertise in social innovation, leadership, organisational change, and advocacy. After more than 20 years in Africa and Asia, he is now based in Berlin.

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Dr. Petra Speier-werner

Topics: Leadership, Multi-Actor Partnerships,

Petra’s mission is to be a source of inspiration and love that holds a space for everyone to grow and flow. She has been working in different sectors in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Being an organizational psychologist, economist and political scientist with a doctorate in change management, her trainings, lectures, and coaching are nurtured by her interdisciplinary approach.

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Retta Menberu

Topics: Leadership, Advocacy, Human Rights Based Approach

Retta Menberu Woldetsadik (M.D., MSc) stands up for civil society-state dynamics, good governance, advocacy, and a rights-based approach to development. Since 2018 he has been part of CSA, built up, and leads the Africa office to advocate for change and empower the youth. After working more than two decades in development and health leadership, as a trainer, researcher, and consultant in clinical medicine and public health, Retta developed himself to a broader development leadership and facilitation role by operating as Country Director for ActionAid International, and as regional Strategy Adviser for Rush Foundation. Additionally to his work with CSA, he works as a coordinator, researcher, adviser, and facilitator of international development and humanitarian organizations, alliances, and multi-actor partnerships in diverse contexts across Africa, Asia, and Europe.


Sohini paul

Topics: Leadership, Social Accountability, Advocacy,
Human Rights-Based Approach, Coaching

As a facilitator and coach of Civil Society Academy, she has focused on providing trainings and workshops on leadership and team management in several countries across Asia and Africa. She also facilitates trainings on advocacy and human rights-based approach.  Sohini has a Social Science background with master’s degrees in Geography and Regional Planning. She is a certified Life and Leadership Coach. She has more than two decades of experience in the development sector, during which time she supported the work of numerous social change organizations, working on issues of local self-governance, right to information and land rights. She has worked on capacity building of civil society organizations, from grassroots community groups to large networks.  Sohini is passionate about civil society strengthening and holds space for those who are ready to learn and be happy - this is reflected in her facilitation style.​​

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