Inclusive Nationalism Country Assessment Process

IMTD partners with Sovereignty First to offer Inclusive Nationalism Country Assessment (INCA) dialogue processes to clients worldwide. The INCA process assesses the strengths of a country and the challenges it faces and helps decision makers use that information to design internal strategies for growth. INCA is a wide spectrum dialogue process developed by Dr. Eric Wolterstorff to help actors at any level of social and political development secure their State’s sovereignty, and to take control of their infrastructure, economic, and social development.


INCA principles are rooted in systemic trauma theory, family therapy, organizational development, and general peacebuilding theory. INCA’s effect is to facilitate broad-scale systems change at accelerated rates.

Inclusive nationalism

Sovereignty First’s idea of inclusive nationalism touches on the best of a country, the things its citizens love, and partners it with an “all in this together” spirit, so the country’s future development is not undermined by divided segments of the population. It is extremely useful in a post-conflict setting to sort out power struggles.


Although INCA was developed for use at the national level, the tool can be adapted and applied with equal expectations of success to provinces, cities, and small communities.

For instance

  • A city in crisis is experiencing serious unemployment, a declining tax base, rising crime rates, and crippling strain on social services. We can help the city develop step-by-step plans to restore quality of life and to attract new business.
  • A minority population is experiencing discrimination by the majority. The minority wants to declare independence. We can help increase their internal autonomy, build their economy, and develop strategies for improving their relations with neighbors to enhance the quality of life in their region whether or not they ever choose to seek independence.


IMTD partners with Sovereignty First in all INCA projects. The partnership allows us to bring depth of experience and insight to a variety of settings.

More information

INCA can be grant funded, but it can also be contracted on a fee-for-service basis. Contact Karen Dickman for more information.