The CTO’s Programme for Development and Training (PDT) was created in 1985 as a mechanism to provide technical expertise in ICTs to stakeholders across the world by facilitating cooperation amongst members. Since then, the PDT has been one of the Commonwealth’s largest capacity building programmes, with over 3,600 bilateral, technical cooperation projects delivered in over 30 countries. 

PDT operates as a corporate membership programme, in which organisations could take part either as Requesting partners (organisations that seek training) or Offering partners (organisations that offer training). Requesting partners submit their training requests along with a pre-payment for the costs of training. These courses are either delivered as stand-alone courses or regional courses (by combining several requests) by Offering partners who are selected after a competitive bidding process. Due to the demand aggregation and competitive bidding process, the cost of PDT training is always lower than the open market rates.

The PDT provides specialised ICT capacity development training programmes to Ministries, regulatory agencies and ICT operators around the world, to help support the growing demands and challenges they face. Delivered in over thirty countries, the PDT provides bespoke professional training, consultancy and advisory services in policy and regulation, business development and management and technology.

The courses offered through PDT leverage the CTO’s comprehensive international network of qualified technology and industry experts to facilitate knowledge-sharing through the rapid deployment of new technologies, the sharing of good practices and the application of business solutions at a localised level. With their technical knowledge and practical business understanding, seasoned PDT programme experts support the crafting of effective and customised training solutions that allow participants to acquire advanced and specialist skills in ICT and telecommunications.

For further information:

For more information on the programme please contact:
Capacity Development and Training Division
44 (0) 208 600 3800
44 (0) 208 600 3819