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Online Course: An Introduction to Girl-Centred Design

In partnership with Philanthropy University, the GirlSPARKS free online course provides an overview of the Girl-Centred Design process. Within each module you will be given a snapshot of some of the key concepts and tools that are used and will gauge a better understanding of why Girl-Centred Design is crucial for your work with and for girls.

Our next Introduction to Girl-Centred Design course begins August 20th. For more information and to sign up click here.

Please note - this is an introductory course only and is not a tailored guide. If you are planning to adopt the Girl-Centred Design approach for your own programming, please see the information on our GirlSPARKS training workshops below.

In-Person: Girl-Centred Design Training Workshops

The GirlSPARKS training workshops take place over 3 days, where participants are guided through the three modules of our Girl-Centred Design approach - ‘Find her’, 'Listen to her’ and ‘Design with her’.

Led by expert facilitators around the globe, these trainings have been uniquely crafted to be informative, innovative and interactive, with the girl - her everyday realities, journey and her potential - at the very centre of the process.

GirlSPARKS takes a holistic approach and believe all modules should be covered, however, we want this training to work exactly for you. Ahead of the trainings, we will establish your main learning goals and can adapt the workshop to place more emphasis on the modules that you would like to focus on.

We also offer tailored coaching sessions after the workshop to help your organisation translate learning into innovative programming that reaches the most vulnerable and marginalised adolescent girls.

Please get in touch via the contact page for more information and to receive a tailored quote.

This 3 day interactive training workshop will give practitioners the skills and tools they need to design intentional programming for girls, or to improve their current programming to be more girl-centred. This training can benefit both organisations which focus on working with girls and organisations which do not currently focus on girls, but would like to develop strategies and approaches to better include girls.

The cost of the workshop will be $500, including workshop participation, lunch, snacks and all training materials. Participants will additionally need to cover the cost of their flights, visa and accommodation. GirlSPARKS will provide the details of a preferred hotel for accommodation, with preferential rates for training participants.

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Application Process


  • Fill in an Expression of Interest Form and return to GirlSPARKS at before Wednesday 29th August
  • We will confirm your participation by September 5th, send you a pre-training questionnaire and a confirmation of acceptance form, to be returned to GirlSPARKS by Monday 17th September
  • You will also receive an invoice for the training fee. This invoice is due by Friday 21st September, one week before the start of the training.
  • Once we have received your pre-training questionnaire and confirmation of acceptance we will send you detailed logistical information and you’ll be ready to go!


If you are a Mercy Corps team member the application process for our regional training workshops is slightly different; please get in touch with us by emailing or using our website contact form if you have any questions.

The GirlSPARKS Community

The GirlSPARKS community allows you to connect with other practitioners dedicated to girl-centred programming and design.

Together you can share resources, connect to webinars and attend in-person meet-ups with others in your region to exchange best practice examples and seek advice and support on your programming. Sign up to the GirlSPARKS newsletter below and watch out for news about our upcoming online platform for girl-centred practitioners.

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