Proposal Writing Guidebook for Grassroots-based NGOs/CBOs/CSOs

Alima Ahmad About Alima Ahmad

Alima Ahmed is a development professional having masters degree in Social Work from Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi, India) and possessing more than five years of experience in development sector. She has worked with government entities like Delhi Disaster Management Authority as well as with NGOs like CRY, Action Aid India, Manas Foundation and others. Her expertise includes project management & implementation and fundraising and possesses efficient skills of documentation, communication, advocacy, networking and partnership.

Characteristics of successful proposal writing

A good proposal must convince the donor/funding agencies about the following aspects of the project going to be proposed by the organization:

– The issue going to be addressed matches with the objectives/target area of the donor agency.
– The problem going to be addressed is of significant magnitude in the proposed area amongst the target population.
– A need assessment/baseline survey has already been done to assess the gravity of the problem.
– The beneficiaries were involved in need assessment by using various participatory tools (PRA/PLA/RRA etc.) & the organization believe in beneficiaries’ capacity & capabilities to bring changes.
– Partnership & networking with other organizations of the area who are working for the same problem/issue.
– Is the organization well equipped to undertake the project in terms of manpower, capital, infrastructure etc? An organization must do SWOT (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) analysis before writing any proposal.

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