Cameroonian CSOs equipped with project development and proposal writing techniques

22 May 2019
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A five-day training in project development and proposal writing has been delivered to over 25 staff from civil society organisations (CSOs) that are members of the ‘Independent External Monitoring Coordination’ and those of other CSO partners of the ‘Forest and Rural Development Association (FODER)’.

Participants were taught a variety of tools and techniques that can be used to develop a project proposal including a complete logical framework.

The training approach combined presentations, small group discussions, brainstorming, research assignments and case studies. Direct interactions between participants were encouraged and allowed them to learn from each other’s experiences.

This training was organised as part of the project ‘Voices of Citizens for Change: Forest Observation in the Congo Basin (CV4C)’ and facilitated by CIDT’s Sarah Thomas and Teodyl Nkuitchua, an expert from Field Legality Advisory Group (FLAG). A total of 25 people took part from organisations including: CAFER, APED, CAJAD, PAPEL, AJESH, FODER, FCTV, ECODEV, CADDE ASD, SAILD, SUHE, ASTRADHE, CeDLA, TI-C, INADES, OFERA, CI2D.

Feedback from participants

Frankline NOUYA, Transparency International, Cameroun

“The project management and proposal writing training organised by FODER has been helpful for me, as I do not have a track record in this area. I was able to learn new ways of drafting proposals. I appreciate the methodology chosen for this training, which enables us to express ourselves freely. Furthermore, we picked up various little tips that can make us more competitive when writing proposals.”

Rodrigue Pierre NGAME, CAFER

The workshop helped to broaden my knowledge of project writing and the difference between a project and a proposal response. The group exercises on identifying stakeholder impacts on a project allowed me to refine the approach I took previously. I also valued the group work around designing indicators, assumptions and risk analysis. At the end of this workshop, I now have an approach that will allow me to refine my proposal writing through the careful identification of the causes of a problem and their effects, to explain how actions could contribute to solving the different problems of the actual situation.”

Anne P NGO NGOMB, CI2D

“When I arrived at the training I had little idea of ​​what was waiting for us, but after 5 days of work, I feel sufficiently educated in the subject. I am more than satisfied, because the project planning process and writing of proposals have been very well explained and with practical examples. The training was superb! I am sufficiently informed on the subject and think that I can make a better contribution in this area within my organisation.”

Michèle ONGBASSOMBEN, Juriste formatrice à Inadès 

“What I will retain from this training is the good quality of all the modules that have been developed and the methodology used by the trainers. By focusing the training approach on more practice than theory, they allowed us to more easily assimilate the different stages of the development of a concept note and a proposal. In addition to the examples found in each session we had the opportunity to put together the elements of a concept note or a project proposal.”

Steve Julien BIKOE, APED

“Before this workshop, I had written and contributed to the development of some proposals and had never obtained funding. From the first module, I understood that this training would allow me to find a solution to previous failures. It opened me to a new knowledge of very particular approaches which make it possible to grasp the problem and bring out the best aspects necessary for its resolution. Throughout this workshop, I learned from each module and each participant’s contribution. I can certainly say that this workshop allowed me to understand the essence of project proposal structuring, as it highlighted the relationship between the logical framework, the work plan and the budget. This acquisition of knowledge was possible thanks to the tremendous work done by our trainers and their patience with us. I know that after this training, I will get better results in my proposals and I thank the OIE Technical Secretariat for Coordination (FODER) for this opportunity.”

Chrétien BELIBI, ECODEV

“Through the provision of a comprehensive manual, experienced and experienced facilitators, a focus on exchange and plenary, sharing experiences, and group work, we learned a lot during the project design and proposal writing workshop. We detected the mistakes we made in the past. Understanding aspects such as stakeholders, the core problem, specific objectives, results, risks, assumptions and the budget allowed us to identify the strategic role of the logical framework of a project. Indeed, the logical framework is the backbone of the project. This matrix, which summarises all elements of a project, from objectives to indicators and assumptions, is conceived in a participatory way. We express our gratitude to FODER who, through the coordination of external independent monitoring, has responded to one of the crucial aspects that our organisation has been facing up to now.”

Magloire TENE, FODER

“I have had to write projects both independently and within teams. This workshop has enabled me to identify some gaps in my knowledge and I think I now have all the necessary elements to fill them. The context, justification and the relevance of the project are the parts of the writing that I was concerned about. From the first step (stakeholder identification) to the last (submission of the proposal), the training was an exercise of ‘back and forth’, with each new step influencing ideas of the previous steps. I am satisfied and hope to have more opportunity to draft proposals for and with FODER or for partners.”