Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects
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Web-based books, videos, tools and reference works facilitating application in programmes covering social, economic & cultural development
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Wellcome Trust Int. Engagement Awards for public engagement with research in lower income countries

Wellcome Trust Int. Engagement Awards for public engagement with research in lower income countries | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

A grant of up to £30,000 for up to three years will be offered. The objectives include engaging with the public and policymakers through research and strengthening capacity to conduct public engagement with research. 

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The intention is also to stimulate dialogue about research and its impact on the public in a range of community and public contexts, as well as promote collaboration on engagement projects between researchers and community or public organisations.

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Free Proposal Writing Resources for NGOs and civil society organisations

Free Proposal Writing Resources for NGOs and civil society organisations | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

Five resources for reference when setting out on a project or grant application

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The titles of the resources listed here include: "What is Project Justification in Grant Proposals?", Understanding SMART Objectives for Your Project Proposals", "The Best Proposal Writing Techniques for NGOs", "How to conduct Stakeholder Analysis for Your Project Proposals", and "Common Questions Donors Ask NGOs in their Proposals". Each one has its value, depending on the experience and field of operation of the organisation.

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Siyanda’s Funding Sources for Gender-Equality and Women-focused Projects from the BRIDGE Global Resources

Siyanda’s Funding Sources for Gender-Equality and Women-focused Projects from the BRIDGE Global Resources | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

Siyanda is the online database of gender and development materials aiming to be a resource to support practitioners in implementing gender programmes and in mainstreaming gender equality concerns whether they are gender specialists or not.

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One of Bridge's most important documents is the “Funding Sources for Gender-Equality and Women-focused Projects.” At a time when funding for such issues is on the decline, this compilation seeks to provide comprehensive information about various funding options for women’s organizations. It provides an overview of international funding from foundations and development agencies including the prizes offered in this area. The resource document has been divided into five sections: Women’s Funds (those dedicated to gender-equality and women-focused rights projects), Foundations, International Development Agencies, Prizes, and on-line Directories.

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Free Training Video: Experts answer questions on ‘How to raise Funds for NGOs’ in a Webinar recording

Free Training Video: Experts answer questions on ‘How to raise Funds for NGOs’ in a Webinar recording | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

FundsforNGOs, in partnership with Philantropia, recently organized a free webinar training for NGOs on fundraising. They had requested their forum members to submit questions the members often encounter while thinking of raising funds for their organizations. Out of the questions that received, they selected some of them to be answered in a live webinar by their fundraising experts. The forum members were invited to participate in the webinar. The organisations are now freely providing the video recording of this webinar for all their website visitors. Viewers can now easily watch this video online and learn about fundraising and get answers to questions about mobilising grants for an NGO.

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Free Training Video: Experts answer questions on ‘How to raise Funds for NGOs’ in a Webinar recording

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How to Manage Accounts & Finances in NGOs – an explanation of how financial systems work in NGOs

How to Manage Accounts & Finances in NGOs – an explanation of how financial systems work in NGOs | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

Operational or administrative manuals on conducting day-to-day financial transactions can be strong tools to demonstrate the good governance, transparency and systematic management of an NGO. Besides, such systems also enable in keeping a track of NGO expenditures. This is a detailed explanation of how financial systems work in NGOs and how NGOs can make use of this guidance material to develop their own financial policy for effective organizational management, fulfillment of local statutory requirements and better mobilization of funding for the organization.

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The Measuring Success Toolkit: Using Data for Health Program Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

The Measuring Success Toolkit: Using Data for Health Program Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

This capacity-building toolkit provides guidance on how to use data to plan a health programme and to measure its success through monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Basic introductions are provided throughout the toolkit, as well as a glossary of planning and M&E terms. Through a simple step-by-step approach, the toolkit explains the fundamental differences between monitoring and evaluation and gives a useful perspective on the types of questions that M&E can answer. The toolkit also provides more in-depth information about key M&E topics, including frameworks, indicators, data sources, study designs for evaluation and sharing, and using data by applying knowledge management and data demand and use principles. Links to resources that have been selected by M&E experts are also provided for those with more experience or those needing to delve into further details and specific examples. The selected resources reflect the most up-to-date body of knowledge in particular areas that relate specifically to planning, monitoring, and evaluating health programmes.

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An EU publication identifying the 5 Best LIFE-Environment Projects 2011

An EU publication identifying the 5 Best LIFE-Environment Projects 2011 | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

This Best LIFE-Environment Projects' exercise, follows on from a lengthy identification and evaluation process based on a set of best practice criteria, developed by EU Member States in collaboration with the European Commission. The objective of the exercise is to help improve the dissemination of LIFE project results by clearly identifying those projects whose results, if widely applied, could have the most positive impact on the environment. Among the five, two projects have been selected by the Member States as "Best of the Best" LIFE Environment projects 2011

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Webinar – "Integrating climate change policies into sustainable development strategy using the Sustainomics framework" – SEA Change CoP, 6 Nov. 2012

Webinar – "Integrating climate change policies into sustainable development strategy using the Sustainomics framework" – SEA Change CoP, 6 Nov. 2012 | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

This webinar will introduce a comprehensive framework to practically address two major global challenges – sustainable development and climate change. The most effective approach is to integrate climate change policies into national sustainable development strategy, using the sustainomics framework. Development problems like poverty are already formidable. Climate change is the ultimate risk multiplier, worsening the other crises. Its worst impacts fall on the poor who are least responsible for the problem, and reducing their vulnerability to such impacts is critical.

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Toolkit for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Projects

Toolkit for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Projects | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

This Toolkit offers practical, “how to” guidance for integrating climate change adaptation into the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects. Its step-by-step structure helps users build climate-resilient projects with sustainable impacts. The Toolkit also includes simple checklists to ensure that development activities don’t increase people’s vulnerability to climate change. It provides guidance and recommended tools for all stages of the project cycle, as well as tools, resources and practical examples from CARE projects around the world. Water resource management and agriculture projects are specifically highlighted, as they were targeted in the early tests of the Toolkit.

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Southeast Asia (SEA) Change Community of Practice Resource Library

Southeast Asia (SEA) Change Community of Practice Resource Library | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

With funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and technical and logistical support from Pact, SEA Change is a maturing virtual Community of Practice (CoP) focused on the monitoring and evaluation of climate change interventions in Southeast Asia, and beyond. They see scientists, policy makers, practitioners across government, the private and the not-for-profit sectors to be struggling to find effective ways to adapt to the increasingly disruptive effects of changes to people's livelihoods.

In this context, they maintain a rich, open-access Resource Library for their community, though much of the content relates to work in a range of fields considering issues related to behavioural change and social empowerment. To find a document, browsers can search by author, country, organization, type (case study, tools, articles, etc.) and other keywords.

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Influential Leadership: A handbook for African Women

Influential Leadership: A handbook for African Women | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

A training manual with eight sessions that seek to guide the empowerment of African Women with leadership skills. The essence of the book is to maximize the potential of Women to enhance their kives, and can be used by trainers, training, researchers, and capacity-building institutions.

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Strengthen your programmes with CARE tools

Strengthen your programmes with CARE tools | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

CARE International maintains its own Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network with an Information Centre that provides practical tools to strengthen programmes and project implementation. Several are supplied here, including their "Participatory Monitoring, Evaluation, Reflection & Learning (PMERL) for Community-based Adaptation: A Manual for Local Practitioners", developed in partnership with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). This tool supports measuring, monitoring and evaluating changes in the capacity within vulnerable communities for better decision-making on Community-based Adaptation (CBA). It provides a new platform for local stakeholders to articulate their own needs, facilitating continuous feedback and joint learning so CBA can be flexible in light of uncertainty.

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eLearning Africa 2012 / International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training. An Annual Event for Building eLearning Capacities in Africa.

eLearning Africa 2012 / International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training. An Annual Event for Building eLearning Capacities in Africa. | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

The eLearning Africa 2012 Report is a detailed consideration of how eLearning has promised a revolution in African education for nearly a decade. The opportunity for mass access to world-class learning resources without the barriers of distance or cost has excited educationalists, politicians and learners alike at almost every level, but there is no firm conclusion as to whether eLearning has lived up to this promise. In this report, the perspectives of eLearning professionals and a range of other stakeholders – including practitioners, policymakers, business leaders and teachers – across 41 different countries in Africa are reflected in this new publication from eLearning Africa. The publication considers the technologies used by these stakeholders and the world views that inform their work.

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Ten Free Resources on Proposal Writing for NGOs

Ten Free Resources on Proposal Writing for NGOs | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

A range of tools and resources here to assist NGOs to write proposals more effectively.

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As proposal writing becomes intensively competitive, NGOs need to evolve new ideas for producing winning proposals to donor agencies. This list of top ten free resources is one professioonals can use to refer and write their own successful proposals.

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"Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships – A Practical Guide for Civil Society" from the UN's OHCHR

"Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships – A Practical Guide for Civil Society" from the UN's OHCHR | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published a new document titled: “Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships – A Practical Guide for Civil Society".

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If you are looking for funds, grants or fellowships to support your human rights work, then this newly published guide will assist you in understanding the various opportunities available for NGOs through the United Nations. Its purpose is to provide guidance to prospective applicants interested in the funds and programmes to further contribute to the promotion of human rights in their own countries and worldwide. There are several funds administered by OHCHR and other UN offices and civil society organizations including NBOs, grass-roots organizations, community groups and professional  associations, are generally eligible to apply for the funds and grants. In some cases individuals may also apply for funding.

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UN Alliance of Civilizations Launches 2012 Challenge to create apps and games for intercultural dialogue

UN Alliance of Civilizations Launches 2012 Challenge to create apps and games for intercultural dialogue | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in partnership with the MIT Education Arcade, and Learning Games Network have launched the international competition called “Create UNAOC 2012″ which seeks app and game developers to produce apps and mobile games that enable new avenues for intercultural dialogue.

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Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities in Settings of Conflict and Fragility – A DCDNDEP-OECD Joint Report

Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities in Settings of Conflict and Fragility – A DCDNDEP-OECD Joint Report | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

The DAC Network on Development Evaluation and the DAC Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) are working together to strengthen learning and improve development results in situations of conflict and fragility, by gathering policy lessons and developing shared approaches to evaluation. Together we developed guidance on evaluating conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities. To ensure its relevance and increase the evidence base, the guidance was tested during a two year test phase and was finalised in November 2012. The publication provides step-by-step guidance on evaluation, as well as some basic principles on good programme design and management.

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Cedefop Publication – "From education to working life" considers labour markets for young people in Europe

Cedefop Publication – "From education to working life" considers labour markets for young people in Europe | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

In this new report, Cedefop looks at labour market outcomes for young people in Europe and across countries. Using data from the EU Labour Force Survey (2009), it examines how the various levels and orientations of education affect employment prospects, the transition to work, job quality and wages. The findings of the report should be placed within a larger picture, taking into account the structural changes in EU labour markets and how they are expected to affect the demand for occupations in different sectors.

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Campaigning Toolkit for Civil Society Organisations engaged in the Millennium Development Goals

Campaigning Toolkit for Civil Society Organisations engaged in the Millennium Development Goals | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

One of the CIVICUS toolkits designed to enable organisations to improve their capacity in a number of communication and planning areas, this online manual is designed for civil society organisations (CSOs) campaigning to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and provides them with a framework and a starting point in developing their campaign strategy. It comprises basic information on the MDG Campaign, guidance on planning a campaign, and details of essential campaign tools and skills. It also presents case studies on MDG campaigns from across the globe, with practical hints and tips as well as links to United Nations (UN) support and other similar organisations.

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fundsforngos.org presents a Free Webinar on Fundraising. 31 Oct. 2012, 13:30 UTC

fundsforngos.org presents a Free Webinar on Fundraising. 31 Oct. 2012, 13:30 UTC | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

The free webinar will have an expert trainer available to take questions about strategies, contacts, proposal writing, and other burning questions on raising funds for an organization. Whether it is about identifying donors, knowing about donor landscape, developing fundraising strategy for an organization, contacting grantmaking foundations or writing proposals, attendees can get answers to these and many other questions related to fundraising. Their expert trainer will answer them live directly through this event. Erik Detiger, Managing Director of Philantropia, is an independent consultant and trainer, with over a decade of experience working in the field of international philanthropy and fundraising.

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Toolkit for Enhancing Community-Based Adaptation

Toolkit for Enhancing Community-Based Adaptation | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

The CBA Toolkit offers a practical “how-to” guide for project teams in completing the project cycle for CBA projects. It includes step-by-step guidance and recommended tools for all stages of the project cycle, along with links to useful resources and checklists for key project documents. It also includes CBA Project Standards to help ensure high quality analysis, design, implementation and information & knowledge management (including monitoring & evaluation) in your CBA project.

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'Learning about Gender Equality', published by Oxfam Novib, Oct. 2012

'Learning about Gender Equality', published by Oxfam Novib, Oct. 2012 | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

Oxfam Novib’s Gender Mainstreaming and Leadership Trajectory aims to incite cultural change, but, until recently, the monitoring and evaluation tools at hand were not able to capture those changes. In a search to find appropriate tools to make cultural change visible, Oxfam Novib experimented with the Most Significant Change methodology. This report presents the main findings of this action research as well as the associated lessons that may be beneficial to others facing similar issues.

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'Designing a People-Centred Future' from Helsinki Design Week

'Designing a People-Centred Future' from Helsinki Design Week | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

An event organised by CIKTN from the UK and the Science and Innovation Network as part of Helsinki Design Week took place last in September 2012 at the Aalto Design Factory. 'Designing a People-Centred Future' explored the latest developments in User-Centred Design, showcasing the best of UK, Finnish and European innovation, and creating opportunities for R&D collaboration and commercial connections. The videos are now available from the keynote speakers, hosts and delegates and their thoughts on the topic of People-Centred Design.

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Analyzing Social Capital in Context: A Guide to Using Qualitative Methods and Data

Analyzing Social Capital in Context: A Guide to Using Qualitative Methods and Data | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

This document is a companion piece to an earlier paper on quantitative approaches to measuring social capital (Grootaert et al. 2004), providing a complementary set of qualitative tools and strategies for gauging the nature and extent of people’s interactions (a) with each other, and (b) with key private, public, and civic institutions.Although designed primarily for developing countries, these tools may also be applied in developed countries. This guide can help generate stand-alone findings or background information for a context-specific survey instrument. In either case, researchers should adapt the guide to the local context and the particular research questions they seek to answer.

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Reflecting and Learning from Outcome Mapping M&E Applications in Eastern Africa

Reflecting and Learning from Outcome Mapping M&E Applications in Eastern Africa | Resources for Practice in Programmes and Projects | Scoop.it

This book is freely available as an open-access publication. It contains details of a survey on the understanding and use of the Outcome Mapping methodology and a review of a few selected case-based application experiences in the region of Eastern Africa. The cases are from a wide range of sectors, including climate change, natural resource management, livestock health, value chain systems, among others. The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction as publishers carried out the survey since success in Outcome Mapping (OM) as a tool for programme management, monitoring and evaluation has a strong focus on behavioural change. This means  that its success as a programme is greatly influenced by the context of the activity, such as the cultural landscape, the institutional hierarchy, the political framework, etc. The publication looks to consider the nature of OM's capaciy to account for variations in context, and how this may affect the implementation of OM. The authors invite readers of the book to discuss its contents.

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