You are here: Home » Resources »

How To Guides

How to write an M&E framework – Free video tutorial & templates

Template Before you start the tutorial, download this M&E framework template and example: M&E Framework Template M&E Framework Example Then watch the following videos to learn how to complete the template in five steps. Step 1: Getting started This first video explains what you will need to do before you ... Read More »

How to approach development work as a non-native speaker

Photo of people meeting around table

Special thanks to Shagun Gupta for this how to guide International assignments and project work are a defining aspect of development / aid work, be it through short-term consultancies or long-term contracts. As a development / aid worker, the chances of finding oneself working in different countries over the span ... Read More »

How to get informed consent

Special thanks to Raizel Albano for suggesting this post, and for providing a case study on conducting research with indigenous communities in the Philippines. If you’re planning to conduct any type of research (qualitative or quantitative), it is essential that you first get informed consent from the participants. If someone gives informed consent ... Read More »

How to prepare for an assignment in a new country

Many people in international development / aid work in multiple countries. Some people (like consultants and grant managers) may visit dozens of different countries each year. Other people changes countries every few years as projects they’re working on finish or they pursue new opportunities and move to different places. It ... Read More »

How to hire a consultant in development / aid

Two people at desk

Consultants are often used for short term projects in international development / aid. Typical projects include needs assessments, evaluations, and report writing. A good consultant can be extremely valuable to your program. However, if a consultant is not hired and managed well the results can be equally disappointing (and very expensive!). ... Read More »

How to write the sustainability section of a proposal

Computer classroom

Sustainability is the nirvana of development. Everyone wants to get there but very few actually do. Most donors only want to fund projects that will be sustainable, so they include it as a section in their proposal template. Writing the sustainability section can either be very easy (if you just fill it ... Read More »

How to close a project

International development projects can be closed for a variety of reasons. In the best case, a project will be closed because the problem it is trying to solve has been fixed. In other cases, a project could close because there is a lack of funding, the organisation no longer has ... Read More »

How to improve processes with swim lane diagrams

Sticky notes on wall

Swim lane diagrams (also called ‘Rummler-Brache Diagrams’ and ‘Cross-Functional Flowcharts’) are a great way to break-down a process and visualise its steps. You can use this method to explore inefficiencies in a process and make improvements. The diagrams are also useful for communicating a process in chart-form to other people ... Read More »

How to write a supervision checklist

Checklist on clipboard

Supervision checklists are used during monitoring to verify if an activity has been implemented correctly. They can also be used to give feedback to the person running the activity to help them improve. Here are a few tips on how to design supervision checklists for international development / aid programs. You ... Read More »

How to do a basic cost-effectiveness analysis

In international development / global aid programs, ‘cost-effectiveness analysis’ is a term given to comparing the relative costs of achieving the same outcome using different activities. For example, if a program uses one-on-one outreach to promote antenatal care for pregnant women, and another program uses mass SMS to do the same ... Read More »

Scroll To Top