Local NGO’s get training on Organizational Needs Assessment and Proposal Writing Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 August 2011 00:00

Belmopan, Monday, 1 August 2011:  
Over 60 members of several non-governmental organizations in Belize are benefitting from a series of  five-day workshops on Organizational Needs Assessment, Project Planning and Proposal Writing, which began countrywide on 11th July and will run through the end of August 2011.

The project is being implemented by the Social Investment Fund and financed by the Basic Needs Trust Fund, a program promoting poverty reduction through socio-economic initiatives and community empowerment.  BNTF is jointly financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and nine beneficiary governments, including Belize.

The workshops include the participation of the Sarteneja Home Stay Group, the Cayo West Women’s in Business Group, Chan Pine Ridge Village Council, Women’s Group and Youth Group, the Belize Kids First Organization, Starch Producers Co-operative from Dangriga, the Community of Heritage for Cultural & Historical Endeavours (CACHE), Plenty Belize and the Toledo Cocoa Growers Association among others.

The workshops are a follow up to a Training for Trainers workshop held from May 16 – 20, 2011 at the George Price Centre for Peace and Development, Belmopan, where ten participants engaged in community work throughout Belize received training in Group Facilitation, Organizational Needs Assessment,  Project Planning and Proposal Writing. The knowledge and skills acquired during the training, allowed participants to build their capacity and assist groups and organizations in performing assessments of their needs and to prepare subsequent proposals for project funding. The countrywide workshops are being conducted by participants of the Training for Trainers workshop.

Several organizations have formed to provide services to the poor, women and youth at risk in Belize. However, many of them have identified the need to enhance their ability to identify sources of funding and fine-tune their project proposal writing skills. The workshops in particular are targeting NGO’s who have the potential to assist communities in which they operate.  The project, therefore, will help participants to enhance their participation in economic development at the local and national levels and set examples and modules for others to follow.