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(Online) Sustainable Finance - Module 2 - Financial Sustainability and Resilience Training

These uncertain times are challenging for all of us working in the international development sector. It may be because of a sharp decline in donations, restrictions on our fundraising, or donors who no longer have enough funds available to help us.

We cannot predict the overall impact that these global events will have on our organisations, or indeed our own colleagues and communities, but there are tools available to maximise the resources we still have.

Many of the issues we are facing require us to have accurate and up-to-date financial information, and to use it in our decision-making to make the best use of current and future funding.

Financial sustainability and resilience is the second module of IMA’s Sustainable Finance course. It is a module for these times: it allows us to look in detail at the strategic choices that organisations have to make – what they are, what information we need, and the consequences of making the wrong choices.

The 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)

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Duration: 8 hours to be completed within 1 month

Application Deadline
Module 2 - online
10 Feb 21-10 Mar 21
07 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

The module is packed with tips to help you and your partners be sustainable and resilient. It looks at practical ways of strengthening our organisations, for example, how we manage our overheads or core-costs. We also look at the ‘real’ cost of what we are delivering, and how to decide if we have enough funds to subsidise a programme that is not going to be fully funded by a donor.

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Learning financial management skills to build capacity


Implementing strategic financial management by, for example, managing core costs and organisational savings, and building a financially resilient organisation.
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