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Communication and Strategy of Financial Management Training

Our face-to-face training courses are currently suspended due to Covid-19. At present, we are adapting and curating these courses to online versions, while maintaining the main elements that make them an IMA training course.

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For an organisation to succeed, managers, programme staff, fundraisers, administrators and finance staff need a thorough working knowledge of financial management skills. But by itself it is not enough. Everyone who uses finance needs to be able to communicate effectively, and also to act strategically in the financial management of their organisation. This course combines these two essentials, communication and strategy. We use a range of approaches to assist the learning: short inputs, discussions, participatory work, games and individual activities.

You will gain confidence to communicate about finance and work strategically with colleagues, accountants, donors, partners and other stakeholders. This learning is grounded in innovative research and we share practical experience of communicating finance across cultures nationally and internationally. The training provides practical resources to use in your own organisation, including Communicating Financial Management: a manual for international development workers, written by the trainer.

Duration: 5 days

The price of the course excludes VAT which may be added depending on where you live and status of organisation.

Why choose this course

If you communicate about financial information and/or work strategically with finance, or whether you work for the UN, government, NGO or private sector, this training course helps you to use finance confidently and competently and make better decisions. The course gives you a strong working knowledge of communicating about finance and acting strategically using financial management. This gives immediate benefits, which you can take back to your own organisation as well as partner organisations.

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What you will learn

In the practical participatory sessions you learn how to:

  • review a strategic overview model of financial management
  • use strategic financial management techniques
  • identify cultural differences between 'finance' and 'non-finance' people and other stakeholders across the world and across the office.
  • communicate clearly about finance management with stakeholders
  • design strategies to allow financial communication to improve the impact of your organisation and its management.

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Learning financial communication and strategy skills to increase impact


Day 1

Strategic finance management

  • recognise the big picture of financial management
  • strategic finance management - sustainability, overheads, and reserves
  • assess and reduce financial and organisational risk and uncertainty

Day 2

Building organisational financial capacity

  • strategies to avoid fraud and misappropriation
  • strategy and assessing an organisation's financial capacity
  • financial planning, the funding mix, and using budgets strategically

Day 3

Improving communication between 'finance' and 'non-finance' people

  • identifying and overcoming the challenges of communicating about finance
  • practical solutions grounded in innovative research, for when working with both 'finance' and 'non-finance' cultures, and across international cultures
  • reviewing the information you use to improve communication
  • finding the most appropriate role for finance managers and their teams

Day 4

Improving communication with stakeholders and internationally

  • relationships with donors and partner organisations
  • anthropology meets financial management
  • designing strategies to improve your impact

Day 5

Consolidating communication and strategy into organisations

  • one-to-one sessions to find ways to implement the techniques learned into individual's own organisations and their partners
  • further advice about using the practical tools learned
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