IDM facilities


IDM has an ambitious agenda: to deliver three learning facilities across Sub-Saharan Africa. The first of these is being developed in partnership with Botswana Innovation Hub, near to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Botswana.

Subsequent learning facilities are being designed and will be located in Eastern and Western Africa, providing regional hubs to deliver the IDM vision.

There is easy access to catering, including rolling tea and coffee throughout the day. Additionally, the learning facilities enjoy easy access to executive-quality accommodation and transport hubs.

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Design principles

The following principles inform the extraordinary design of the Botswana campus:

The campus features flat floor teaching space to encourage networking and interactivity between participants. This drives the philosophy that participants learn as much from each other as they do from faculty members.

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Each flat floor space accommodates 35 to 40 participants, but is equally comfortable for groups of 18 (minimum) to 25 (ideal).

Each classroom has 4 associated syndicate/breakout rooms that can accommodate up to 10 participants in boardroom style.

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There is generous one-on-one and small group space located around the classrooms, for small group work, coaching/mentoring and conversations.



There is a quiet zone for personal research. Computer-based, this zone offers internet and access to commercial databases (in place of books and periodicals).

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The surrounding environment is used to facilitate learning, via                                      abundant green space and natural light.


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Virtual learning

The classroom is merely the starting point for the learning process. Yes, a traditional classroom can provide information on new ways of leading or managing – but real learning very often happens on the ground, when learning is applied.

The IDM Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), designed using the latest communications technologies, has three key criteria:

  1. to provide coaching and learning support for participants as they apply the learning (gleaned in the classroom) to the workplace;
  2. to enable IDM to deliver affordable learning on tablet, mobile and PC for professionals and entrepreneurs who wouldn’t have access to such support; and
  3. to provide an integrated learning journey for all IDM participants.

IDM partners

Bridging Africa’s skills gap is a tremendous challenge, which is why IDM believes that the only sustainable approach to capability-building is to partner with top organisations that are committed to unlocking the region’s economic potential:

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KPMG is a pre-eminent global infrastructure advisor, with substantial experience in a wide range of industries, including finance, transport, education, rail, ports, healthcare, mining and power, and telecommunications.

KPMG is well represented across the African continent and has the resources to offer unrivalled experience and expertise in public-private partnerships through the integration of local knowledge with global best practice.

KPMG and IDM jointly recognise that developing the capabilities needed to lead infrastructure delivery in Africa must be more than a replication of common practices developed markets. The challenges unique to this region demand practical, locally specific, scalable and robust solutions that are tailored to real-world requirements.

IDM and KPMG have therefore partnered to bring the Infrastructure Leaders Program to Africa, to help the clients, providers and operators of major capital assets overcome the challenges that increase risk and cost, and reduce lifetime value.

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