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(Online) Sustainable Finance - Module 1 - Budgeting Training

If an organisation’s budgeting is in order much of the impact of your programme can be improved, as well as giving extra credibility with donors, partners and other stakeholders. In short, good budgeting means good development.

The full Sustainable Finance course (formally Finance for Non-finance Managers) is a 6-module online programme designed for managers and other staff who need to use financial skills in their work, but are not trained accountants. They may be working internationally in NGOs, government, UN agencies or private sector.

The course comprises of 6 modules which can be taken individually, or grouped together. Each module starts with the basics, and together they build a thorough working knowledge of financial management in international development organisations.

We use a mixture of interactive approaches. The online guided learning includes audio and video recordings with facilitator input, pair discussions (optional), group work (optional) and individual activities. Each module provides you with the practical skills not only to know how the numbers are calculated, but also how to use financial information and systems in decision-making.

You will learn to use the techniques in your own organisation and with partners, and so see better decision-making and programme impact. Each module includes a range of tools and materials to use in your organisation’s activities. When you complete 3 or more modules you will receive the book Building Financial Management Capacity for NGOs and Community Organisations, written by John Cammack.

IMA International facilitators will guide and mentor your learning process, providing you with:

1. Practical exercises and reflection activities
2. Up to a 90-minute guided group webinar for each module (recordings made available)
3. Paired and peer group work (optional)
4. Presentations and video inputs
5. User-friendly platform for accessing all materials, presentations and resources, sharing with your peer group and uploading your regular work to a dedicated portfolio
6. Written resources and web links
7. Relevant case studies
8. Opportunity to apply financial management skills and techniques in your workplace
9. Scheduled access to tutors
10. Personalised mentoring session as a 3-month follow up (available after completion of all 6 modules).

Each module is a mix of;

Guided self-study and reflection,
Peer and paired work (optional),
Pre- and post-course learning
A facilitated, scheduled webinar (up to 90mins).

1 Module = £250
2 Modules = £500
3 Modules = £675 (10% discount)
4 Modules = £900 (10% discount)
5 Modules = £1125 (10% discount)
6 Modules = £1200 (20% discount)

More dates will be added soon, please sign up for our online learning updates to receive notifications.

This course is now available to start anytime after your application and payment are received. The start date below is for guidance only.

Duration: 8 hours to be completed within 1 month

Application Deadline
Module 1 - online
15 Feb 21-15 Mar 21
15 Feb 21
£250 (excl. VAT)

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

Why choose this course

In the practical participatory sessions, you learn how to:

• apply financial management within different settings using interactive case studies and examples.
• plan and monitor budgets, using financial information to make good decisions
• assess and set up robust financial systems
• manage the expectations of donors for project funding and financial reporting
• build the financial capacity of your own and partner organisations.

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What you will learn

This Budgeting module covers all you need to know about budgeting in the international development sector. It includes a tour of budgeting processes and terminology, together with how to plan and monitor budgets and cash flow by identifying the most important figures. We give tips on how to manage budgets in uncertain times, which many organisations are now needing to consider very seriously.

We also look at budgeting as part of wider organisational management, particularly how to use this information to ask incisive questions of partners and donors, using a number of checklists.

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Learning financial management skills to build capacity


Using budgets and cash flow to make the future more certain and sustainable.
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