How do you organise continuous training?

1 Analyse
2 Training Courses
3 Mentor
4 Consultant
5 Manuals
Help and advice
7 Other services

1 Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of your NGO.

Decide which weaknesses can be tackled through training.

2 Look for Training Courses.

Often the best training is near you, adapted to your culture and affordable. But we are in Europe and cannot track the best courses down. Mostly we hear about courses in Europe that will cost you a lot. Still, you can look for funding.

Training in Financial Management is provided by (among others):

alt Mango 97A St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BT, UK
• Has free training materials in financial management for NGOs
• Full course outlines and booking information are available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• See Mango's calendar of training events, which are held all over the world

alt INTRAC 65 George St., Oxford OX1 2BE, UK
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for courses for NGOs on capacity building, financial management etc.

alt Fahamu organises courses on money management:

Training for Workers with the Elderly:

alt HelpAge International has a section of practical guidelines – on Emergencies, HIV & AIDS, Health & care, and Rights & Advocacy – which you can use for your own training.

Distance Learning:

alt This means courses that provide materials and support over the web or through email. These kinds of courses are becoming more common. We refer to a couple elsewhere on this website – the courses run by Fahumu and the UNHCR courses on Humanitarian work in Asia/Pacific. If you are interested, download folder How to Succeed with Distance Education from our library.

Working with Refugees and IDPs:

alt If you want to learn more in this field go to the UNHCR e-Centre for Emergency Training and check out the course modules. (The courses are by Distance Learning, using email – see above).

alt If you are interested in developing your humanitarian work to be more effective in environments where civilians are suffering because of violations of international humanitarian standards, human rights, and/or refugee law, download “Growing the Sheltering Tree: Protecting Rights through Humanitarian Action” (250pp pdf). It is suitable for working through alone or as part of a study group.

3 Look for a Mentor – that is, an older person with experience and wisdom who can guide you through the process.

4 Look for a Consultant to work with your NGO in institutional development, capacity building etc.

alt Questconsult are a consultancy in the Netherlands with wide experience of working with NGOs:

5 Design a programme of self-directed learning, using Manuals.

Two manuals on this site are designed so that workers can meet regularly in a group and teach themselves the necessary skills. They are:

folder Interviewing and Counselling at the Grass Roots and

folder Health Education for Behaviour Change

If you need to design a more formal training course for a specific group of workers, look at:

folder How to Run a Workshop

folder The Project Cycle – A Teaching Module

folder Teaching for Better Learning

This is written for health workers. However it can be adapted for use with other kinds of workers because it takes you through the necessary steps:
• identify the job they have to do
• break it down into the knowledge, attitudes and skills they will need
• work out how to teach these
• and then evaluate them

6 If you need help and advice to design a programme like this – ask.

alt can offer limited coaching via the Internet. These are our main areas of expertise:
• institutional development
• capacity building
• water & sanitation
• health promotion
• gender
• refugees
• formal and informal education
• training
• peace building
• integrated participatory community development

Contact us

7 Identify other services which might help your NGO

alt Computers: Computer Aid International offer recycled computers from the UK for re-use in schools and community organisations in developing countries. You can fill out a request form on the site. If successful, the equipment is free - but you will need to pay to have it delivered from Computer Aid’s North London depot.

alt Software: is developing free software that may offer a good alternative to dependence on Microsoft. It is open source which means it belongs to everyone and is designed to run on all major platforms. Various versions are now available for download.

alt Books: Book Aid International provides hardback books for libraries and schools.

39/41 Coldharbour Lane, Camberwell, London SE5 9NR, UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

alt General debate and specific questions: is a good place for a discussion or finding a contact with specialist knowledge. It's a web of about 5,000 development workers who log on regularly to join in forum discussions etc.

If you still have questions, work out your needs specifically, then – contact us


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