Delivering complex projects to time, in scope and in budget is a challenge for many project teams. However managing European Union funded projects poses its own specific challenges, especially in relation to the demands for extensive record-keeping and verification of project evidence. There are many key obligations and important formalities that beneficiaries of EU funding must be highly familiar with.
The first project output of CIDT’s Citizen Voices for Change (CV4C) is focused on organisational development of seven project partners, including in relation to financial management. In response to partner demand CIDT commissioned a specialised five-day training on project management for EU projects hosted in Douala, Cameroon during the week commencing 24th June 2019.
The training aimed to enhance project partners’ working knowledge of EU procedures and regulations to build capacity for management of current and future projects with the EU.
The topics covered by the training are transferrable to a number of donors drawing on principals of accountability and transparency and concepts of good management principles and practices.
As a result of the training participants were expected to:
- know the main expectations of the EU and their impact on the organisation and the project;
- master the process of financial and administrative management of a grant from the European Union;
- master the issues of co-financing and its planning;
- be able to identify new financing opportunities offered by the implementation of good management practices
In attendance were the CV4C Project Managers and Finance Officers of CIDT, FLAG, FODER, CED (Cameroon), OGF (Democratic Republic of Congo), Brainforest (Gabon), CAGDF (Republic of Congo) and FGMC partners Comptoir Juidique Junior (Republic of Congo).
The training was delivered by Axyom.