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Financial management for effective and sustainable programmes (10 days)

Key discoveries

  • Essential skills: programme budgeting, project accounting, analysing financial reports and robust internal control
  • A financing strategy toolkit: risk assessment and mitigation, income diversification options, building reserves and stakeholder management
  • Keeping your donors happy: how to get the most out of grant funding and manage good relations with donors
  • Anti-bribery policies and practice.

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Course code: ST3 

This intensive course will equip you with the skills you need to get the most out of your NGO's money, to achieve goals now and in the future. It is ideal for NGO managers, both programmes and finance, who need to quickly get to grips with operational and strategic financial management.

Course costsEarly booking
Standard booking
Individuals, and non-profit organisations with less than £1m income3,1253,570
Non-profit organisations more than £1m income3,5704,125
For-profit/governmental organisations4,1254,540

Who should attend

This course is especially suitable for:

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.

Programme guide

This 10 day course has three main themes:

Theme 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

Theme 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

Theme 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.

Learning outcomes

  • build activity-based project budgets, cashflow forecasts and funding grids for effective programme planning and implementation
  • prepare project accounts and simple financial reports [optional session]
  • analyse financial reports to inform and support programme management decisions
  • review grant contracts to ensure systems comply with donor rules
  • use Mango’s financial health check to identify strengths and weaknesses in financial systems
  • use the risk mapping technique to assess the financial risks facing their (or partner) NGOs
  • build a financing strategy to promote continuity and security of financial resources for their (or partner) NGOs, including how to build reserves and manage central support costs
  • describe the Seven Principles and the Four Building Blocks of financial management as frameworks for promoting robust financial systems
  • describe how to integrate financial management tools and techniques into field operations
  • identify internal risks and implement appropriate control procedures
  • outline the key requirements of successful grant management
  • appreciate the importance of good financial management systems in achieving NGO objectives, now and in the future
  • recognise the importance of being accountable to all stakeholders, including beneficiary communities, to ensure effective use of resources

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