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Introduction to Resource Mobilisation and Sustainability


About This Course

Through the contents presented in a simple and practical approach, participants from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) receive the support they need to get a better sense of what resources and tools are available for them and how to access them. The core content is supported by videos and other material to ease the learning process and allow participants to explore by themselves and resolve their doubts. This hands-on virtual training promotes new and creative thinking on resource mobilization for CSOs.

Course Staff

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Carmen Carolina Franco

Carmen Carolina Franco graduated in accounting from University and began her career in a very traditional way by joining the Accounting Firm Blancos, Quiñones and Associates where she worked for over four years. She got introduced to Nairovi Castillo, a leader in the transgender community in the Dominican Republic, through her brother, and the meeting was to transform her life. Ms. Franco has always been interested in human rights and gender issues, but Nairovi introduced her to all kinds of new topics in human rights and gender issues she knew little about. Before she realized what she had done, Nairovi had convinced her to come and work at COTRAVEDT, an NGO assisting transgender sex workers. So, she left her career with the accounting firm and began as COTRAVEDTs Finance Manager. She stayed there for over 6 years, and helped COTRAVEDT mobilise resources of up to 2 million US dollars. Needless to say, she acquired a lot of experience in mobilizing resources over the years.

Syllabus (week by week breakdown)

  1. Introduction
    1. About the course
    2. About you
  2. The Importance of resource mobilisation for CSOs
    1. Resource mobilization in the OECS
    2. Consultation with CSOs in the OECS
    3. Resources
  3. Developing a funding plan within your organisation
    1. Basics of fundraising
    2. Drafting a Fundraising Plan
    3. Considerations and best practices
  4. Grant writing
    1. General knowledge
    2. How to write a proposal
  5. Social contracting
    1. Concepts and definitions
    2. The process of social contracting
  6. Budget Advocacy
    1. Concepts, context and policies
    2. Budget advocacy in the OECS
    3. Budget basics
  7. Generating income through social enterprise initiatives
    1. Social entrepreneurship
    2. How do CSOs make the change?
    3. Turn ideas into actions

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course have Zoom sessions?

No. This course is meant to be self-paced and continuous. This means it doesn’t have a set schedule. Participants can enrol and finish the course whenever they see fit.

How do I get my certificate?

To successfully complete the course, you need to achieve at least an overall 60% in all graded activities. Certificates will be issued immediately to all participants as soon as they obtain a passing grade.

Am I suitable to take this course?

This is an introductory course for Community-Based and Society Organisations with different levels of skills and experience, so no previous knowledge or training are necessary. There are only three requirements for participants in this course:

  • Basic reading and comprehension abilities
  • Writing skills
  • A desire to learn about PAR and what it offers community groups

Is this course free?

All courses in the CVC Academy catalogue are free, as they are meant to serve vulnerable populations and those who work with and for them. The goal is to offer accessible learning opportunities to gain knowledge and develop useful skills so they can improve the quality of their own lives.

Does this course offer a certificate?

Yes, all courses in the CVC Academy catalog offer a certificate upon successful completion of all mandatory lectures and graded exercises.