Project information

Taking the Fear out of NGO Finance:self-study pack

There is very little local affordable, good quality, tailored NGO financial management training available in developing countries. Access to Mango training is often limited by cost and geography. Mango's Big Idea is to develop free self-study packs to assist those unable to attend our courses.

3 months

Charity information: Mango (Management Accounting for Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs))

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  • Need

    Need

    Small NGOs often lack the financial skills to work in an efficient, effective, sustainable and accountable way. There is very little affordable, good quality, tailored NGO financial management training available in developing countries and access to Mango training is often limited by cost and geography. Mango's free plain language self-study packs will assist staff in small NGOs to develop key financial management skills at their own pace that they can apply confidently in their organisations.

    Solution

    By making Mango's financial management resources more easily accessible to many more thousands of NGO staff, we will achieve real results in building their skills and confidence. This has a direct impact in improving efficiency, effectiveness and accountability and ultimately enables NGOs to do more with every pound they are given. They can support more communities, dig more wells and – in the extreme case – save more lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To develop a self-study pack comprising two modules as a pilot.

    Activities

    » Develop a downloadable and printable self-study pack in plain language comprising two modules: budgeting and reporting.
    » Free dissemination the self-study packs through Mango's existing global network.
    » Provide e-mail based support for users.
    » Elicit feedback and evaluate pilot.

    Success will be developing and disseminating a self-study pack through Mango's existing global network fo over 20,000 NGO staff and eliciting feedback on users' new skills.


  • Impact

    Impact

    1,700 NGO staff attended Mango training courses in over 30 countries in 2009. Over 15,000 people pa currently download over 110,000 free resources from Mango's website. The self-study packs will assist staff, particularly in small NGOs, that are unable to attend our courses, to develop key financial management skills and the confidence to apply the skills in their organisations. We will survey users to elicit feedback and ascertain success.

    Risk

    Activities might not delivered as proposed due to capacity issues. (Mango services are in high demand). Slippage in the work plan may impact upon ability to deliver study packs within the planned timescale.We are experienced at providing the support outlined. We have a number of UK based staff able to design and deliver the study packs. We also have a team of associates trainers to call upon.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive quarterly reports by email detailing progress made in the development of the self-study packs, dissemination and a summary of the user survey results and feedback.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,820

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,050 Drafting & design Pack development
      £5,520 Support time Training Director supervision & admin support
      £2,250 Other French translation, printing & postage
  • Background

    Location

    Worldwide: since 1999, Mango has helped to strengthen the financial management and accountability of development and humanitarian NGOs and their partners all around the world; over 400,000 resources - including Mango’s free Health Check and basic accounting system and training handbook - have been freely downloaded from Mango's website in 194 countries.

    Beneficiaries

    Mango makes financial management relevant and accessible to NGO staff, and achieves real results in building their skills and confidence. This has a direct impact in improving efficiency, effectiveness and accountability to beneficiaries.Ultimately this enables NGOs to do more with every pound they are given. They can support more communities, dig more wells and – in the extreme case – save more lives.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In 2009, Mango was awarded the UK Charity Award for International aid and development in recognition of Mango’s “outstanding commitment to helping improve the effectiveness of aid agencies and NGOs by providing financial training and finance staff .... It is among the best-managed charities in the UK.” Since inception over 7,000 have attended Mango training courses; over 400,000 free resources have been freely downloaded from our website in 194 countries.

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    People

    Terry Lewis

    Terry is Mango's Training & Publications Director and will have overall responsibility. She has developed Mango's 14 practical training courses.