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Project Proposal Formulation and Grants Management Training Narrative Report-Accra, Ghana (September, 2010)

Project Proposal Formulation and Grants Management Training Narrative Report-Accra, Ghana (September, 2010)

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3- DAYS SPECIALISED TRAINING WORKSHOP IN PROJECT PROPOSAL FORMULATION AND GRANTS MANAGEMENT For civil society actors in Ghana

WORKSHOP REPORT

WACSI Secretariat, Accra, Ghana 15th – 17th September, 2010

INTRODUCTION As part of its strategic mandate, the West Africa Civil Society Institute supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa organised a 3-day specialised training workshop on “Project Proposal Formulation and Grants Management” for civil society actors in Ghana. The overarc
3- DAYS SPECIALISED TRAINING WORKSHOP IN PROJECT PROPOSAL FORMULATION AND GRANTS MANAGEMENT For civil society actors in Ghana

WORKSHOP REPORT

WACSI Secretariat, Accra, Ghana 15th – 17th September, 2010

INTRODUCTION As part of its strategic mandate, the West Africa Civil Society Institute supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa organised a 3-day specialised training workshop on “Project Proposal Formulation and Grants Management” for civil society actors in Ghana. The overarc

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3- DAYS SPECIALISED TRAINING WORKSHOP IN PROJECTPROPOSAL FORMULATION AND GRANTS MANAGEMENT
For civil society actors in Ghana
WORKSHOP REPORT
 
WACSI Secretariat, Accra, Ghana
15
th
 
17 
th
September, 2010
 
INTRODUCTION
As part of its strategic mandate, the West Africa Civil Society Institute supported by theOpen Society Initiative for West Africa organised a 3-day specialised training workshop on
Project Proposal Formulation and Grants Management 
” for civil society actors in
Ghana. The overarching goal of this course was to enhance the ability of trainees to writewinning proposals to solicit funds from international donors and, to manage and controlprogram and project funds effectively.This targeted workshop had the following core objectives:
 
 
To deliver specific knowledge and skills to trainees including planning, strategizing andimplementing fundraising approaches;
 
To define the structure of a project proposal and its main elements;
 
To identify main funding sources and appropriate techniques to secure such resources;
 
To enable trainees to be able to appropriately allocate funds and judiciously utilisethem; and
 
Task trainees to write a draft project proposal.To achieve these objectives, the content of the training was tailored to address strategicthemes focal to the work of civil society actors. These themes were broadly categorizedunder project proposal formulation and grants management respectively, to facilitate theunderstanding of the unique differences that exist between these two subjects. Thiscategorization approach also enabled the specialized training content to be disbursed in apiecemeal approach, allowing for a better understanding of the micro aspects that determine the macro achievements within the civil society sector. The broad and specificthemes that were elaborately exhausted to the satisfaction of all stakeholders at thistraining are enumerated below.
Project Proposal Formulation
 
The concept of project proposal formulation;
 
 
Understanding specific needs of proposal formulation for different types of projects;
 
 
Project proposal formulation process;
 
 
Developing a logical framework matrix that will help you define your objectives; and
 
Practical Session:
Project proposal writing.
 
Grants Management 
 
 
Defining and achieving project objectives;
 
 
Strategic planning efforts;
 
Establishing and respecting specific timelines;
 
 
Explicit funds allocation and utilisation ;
 
Programs/ project implementation, monitoring and evaluation ;
 
Project risk management ;
 
Ethics in grants management.
Course Methodology
The training workshop was delivered using interactive, learner-centered methods, visualtools, experiential learning, and practical exercises. Participants were given theopportunity to use real life/ organisational experiences to proffer their project proposalformulation and grants management skills.In the practical exercise sessions, participants were opportune to address burning issueswithin contemporary Ghanaian society which calls for urgent civil society intervention.This enabled participants to practically exploit their strengths and realize their weaknesseswhich were immediately addressed by the facilitator of the training who gave a clearunderstanding of the challenges participants faced with concepts pertaining to project proposal formulation and grants management, to the satisfaction of all participants.The introductory discussions of the training centred on understanding the civil sectormilieu in Ghana. To this, participants stated that:
 
The civil society milieu harbours unhealthy competition;
 
Civil society is dynamic because of changing social environment which influences itswork;
 
There is a rapid growth within the sector and this is propagated by the growingsocial challenges within society;
 
State institutions are promoting the exponential growth of civil societyorganizations by drifting away from their responsibilities; and
 
Civil society provokes the government to think in the interest of the majority of itscitizenry.The facilitator went on to elaborate on the work civil society does. Civil society focuses itswork on projects and their implementation. Policies embody the overarching aim of a

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