As relief, humanitarian and development professionals, we work to drive positive change through community and humanitarian initiatives. Our projects have to deliver a lasting impact for beneficiaries while aligning with our donors' objectives. And our proposal has to convince donors that:

  • There is a problem that needs to be addressed
  • You have a solution
  • You have the ability to deliver results

This training is for anyone in working in relief, humanitarian or development contexts who is involved with project planning or developing compelling proposals. This training will support you with the practical tools and knowledge you need to design projects that respond to beneficiary needs and donor demands, and to plan, draft and edit proposals that persuade. Gain the expertise to:

DEVELOP COMPELLING PROJECTS: Learn how to design projects that resonate with your stakeholders and inspire their support. Build your proficiency in aligning your projects with broader development goals and communicating their value.

MASTER THE LOGICAL FRAMEWORK APPROACH: Apply the Logical Framework Approach to develop well-structured projects that meet rigorous standards.

REFINE PERSUASIVE COMMUNICATION: Acquire the skills to plan and articulate proposals in a clear, concise, and persuasive way. Discover strategies to tailor your proposals effectively, capturing donors’ interest and securing the support needed for your initiatives.


Our course is designed to fit into your schedule, enabling effective learning and application of knowledge. This is a combination of dynamic live sessions conducted using ZOOM and off-line self study. Here's what you can expect:

  • DYNAMIC LIVE SESSIONS: Engage in five interactive weekly live sessions conducted via Zoom (and recorded for future reference), where expert instructor Neil Kendrick will guide you through the learning process. Each week we meet live for around 60 minutes to discuss the application of the tools and explore any questions.
  • FLEXIBLE SELF-STUDY: Work through video presentations and tasks at your own pace between meetings.
  • TEST YOUR UNDERSTANDING: Short quizzes at the end of each module let you test your knowledge and help you reflect deeper on the learning points.
  • DISCUSSION SPACES: At the end of each module, leave reflections and questions in the Check In sections for discussion or for the next meeting.
  • DEDICATED SUPPORT: Dedicated support is available throughout the course duration for any technical issues or additional questions.
  • PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK: After completing the course, you'll have the opportunity to submit a proposal for personalized feedback. We will provide valuable insights to help you refine your skills and achieve greater impact.
  • CERTIFICATION OF PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate recognizing your expertise in Project Planning and Proposal Writing.


  • Meeting 1: Wednesday 28 August 2024 11.30 - 12.30 UTC
  • Meeting 2: Wednesday 4 September 2024 11.30 - 12.30 UTC
  • Meeting 3: Wednesday 11 September 2024 11.30 - 12.30 UTC
  • Meeting 4: Wednesday 18 September 2024 11.30 - 12.30 UTC
  • Meeting 5: Wednesday 25 September 2024 11.30 - 12.30 UTC

You can see current UTC time here.

Assignment deadline for feedback: 7 October 2024

Your Instructor

Neil Kendrick
Neil Kendrick

Leading ELD Training with over 25 years of experience, Neil Kendrick from the UK specializes in Professional Writing, Reporting Skills, Proposal Writing, Results-Based Management, and Monitoring & Evaluation. He has trained professionals from hundreds of organizations in over 20 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.


"The course really improved my skills and now I will be able to independently develop proposals. Thank you! "

- UNFPA participant

"I wish I had taken this training sooner, as I have a made a lot of errors in the past in writing proposals. But now - whether in writing a sentence, a report or a proposal - I have a magic skill!"

- Oxfam GB participant

"This training should be done for all staff of any institution to build the capacity of their teams."

- SOS Sahel participant

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course dates are in the description above. There you will see the dates for the weekly live meetings, as well as the deadline for the post-training assignment.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What is the course process?
On the scheduled dates we meet each week for around one hour to discuss the topics and respond to questions. Between meetings you can work through the course materials at your own pace. At the end of each module there is a space for leaving reflections and questions for the next meeting. After the final meeting you have an extra period to prepare your assignment for personal feedback.
What happens if I miss a meeting?
Missing a meeting isn't a problem. All meetings are recorded and, if you are unexpectedly busy with other work or in the field, you can download to watch later. At the end of each module inside the course there is a place for sharing reflections and questions. So, even if you can't attend a particular meeting, we will still discuss your comments and questions.
What's involved in the follow-up assignment?
The follow-up assignment gives you a chance to apply what you have learned more deeply. You are given a fixed time to develop your own work. (The assignment varies depending on the nature of the course.) Although optional, this is a powerful way to get one-to-one insights on your strengths and areas for further improvement.
What support is available during the course?
Dedicated support is available throughout the course duration for any technical issues or additional questions.
I'm not sure I have enough time ...
These courses are designed to maximize their impact while allowing you to manage your other work. You need just one hour a week for the live meetings. Self-study can be done whenever you have a few minutes free. So if not now - when?
Why are there two different fees?
We understand that different organizations have different financial capabilities, especially in the relief and humanitarian sector. To ensure our training is accessible to all, we offer a two-tiered pricing system based on an honesty basis. We trust you to select the pricing tier that best reflects your organization's budget. This approach allows us to support those who need it most while maintaining our commitment to quality and sustainability.


You can use the link above to sign up immediately or contact us for other ways to pay.