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Financial management for effective & sustainable programmes: Practical tools & strategies for NGOs (FM5)
||Financial management for effective and sustainable programmes: Practical tools anbd strategies for NGOs|
|Duration:||2 weeks (10 days of training)|
|For:||NGO senior managers (programmes and finance)|
Fully residential (ie accommodation is provided)
Where and when is the course held?
From 2014, we are running this course in two locations:
- Dubai, UAE in May : the vibrant and exotic city of Dubai is an ideal location for those travelling from all corners of the globe. We especially recommend you apply for this course if you are based in countries where it is difficut to obtain visas for the UK.
- Oxford, UK in September : the beautiful and historic university city of Oxford has much to offer visitors and is also the home base for Mango.
Why is this course needed?
Everyone involved in working with NGOs shares the responsibility of making sure that their limited resources are used to help people effectively. Good practice in financial management will help NGO staff to use programme funds to maximum effect, now and in the future.
- Good financial management is critically important for NGOs. You cannot achieve your goals without it.
- Financial management is everyone's responsibility – trustees and programme managers as well as finance staff.
- Good financial management depends on programme staff and finance staff working together and integrating good practice into their everyday work.
- Effective use of resources depends on field staff making informed decisions.
The purpose of this course is to build the capacity of NGO managers to manage resources in a cost-effective and accountable way, to achieve objectives and create an environment for good performance to take place.
In particular, the course will build the confidence and financial skills of NGO managers to:
- implement robust and practical finance systems that promote integrity, transparency and accountability
- make effective use of programme resources
- plan for and manage resources and stakeholder relationships to build financial sustainability.
Who should attend?
This course is especially suitable for:
- Senior (non-finance) managers such as Directors and Chief Excutives, of small to medium-sized NGOs who want to plan for a financially secure future and manage their money to achieve more
- Finance staff of small to medium-sized interested in applying their skills and knowledge to implement appropriate finance systems and broaden their knowledge on strategic financial management issues.
Programme managers in international NGOs who want to advise and support local NGO partners to manage their money well
Previous financial management experience or training is not a requirement for this course. A good standard of education and the ability to work comfortably in English is essential.
We recommend that you read this course outline carefully to make sure the content is relevant and meets your learning requirements. If you are not sure if this course is for you, please contact us.
This ten-day course has three main themes:
1. Key skills for good financial management practice
The course starts with an overview of frameworks for good financial management and accountability. It takes a practical look at the ‘Building Blocks’ of financial management – financial planning, keeping accounts, internal controls and financial reporting & monitoring.
This part of the course includes an optional session on field accounting for those with limited experience in this area or a look at some typical accounting challenges for those with more advanced experience.
2. Managing for financial sustainability
This section looks at the more strategic aspects of financial management including risk assessment and scenario planning; building financing strategies and managing reserves.
3. Effective grant management
Throughout the course, we address the challenges of grant management and how to keep our donors happy.
On the final day, we will reflect together on the practical tools and key messages explored during the two weeks and look at how you plan to integrate ideas into your own work. The course closes at lunch time on day 10 with a final evaluation and feedback session.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Dubai is a regional international hub, easily reached from all parts of Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Details of the Dubai venue will be shared here as soon as confirmed. The course fee includes 12 nights accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal).
There will be a limited organised social programme including a guided tour of the main sights of Dubai.
The UK training will be held at Harris Manchester College, Oxford – a delightful and historical College in the heart of Oxford City. Oxford is an hour away from London by train and conveniently located for London Heathrow Airport.
This is a residential course so overnight accommodation at the College (in comfortable student rooms with private bathroom) with breakfast is included in the course fee.
A social programme is also included in the course fee:
- Walking tour of Oxford
- Weekend tour to a nearby famous stately home, Blenheim Palace
- Two hosted evening meals in local pub/restaurants
- Boating trip (known as ‘punting’) on the river
- Gala night supper.
The Mango training approach is highly practical, participatory and often fun!
We focus on real issues and help participants to use the tools covered, rather than just discuss them. We work especially hard to de-mystify financial concepts to overcome the fear of finance.
“Mango training really does take the fear out of finance!”
We train in small groups to meet the needs of individual participants and use a variety of learning methods to stimulate interest and meet different learning styles. Participatory techniques include interactive presentations, practical problem-solving activities, case studies and quizzes.
Courses are supported by extensive materials for participants to take away and apply after the course, including a detailed course manual. We also offer a free follow-up service by email or phone to all Mango trainees.
The course fee includes:
- all tuition
- comprehensive course handbook and all materials
- course certificate and photograph
- accommodation and meals as described above (note that there are different arrangements for Oxford and Dubai)
- all organised events in the social programme
How to Book
All courses can be booked online or by completing a booking form and sending it to the training team. Full terms and conditions are also available on our website, as well as the latest calendar, current availability and course fees.
You are also welcome to telephone us with enquiries on +44 (0)1865 423818.