SIDC participated in a training organized by MENAHRA (Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association) on proposal writing and fundraising from April 24 till May 3. The participating organizations were representatives of NGOs and regional networks working in the field of HIV/AIDS from Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Pakistan, and Bahrain. The training took place in Lancaster Tamar Hotel in Lebanon. The participants from the organizations were either part of the fundraising team, project managers, or the executive directors; they had varied experiences that added value to the overall training.
The 9-day training was interactive, practical, and participatory in its nature. It involved plenty of application exercises and sharing of experiences between the participants. The main objective of the training was to increase and upgrade the skills of NGOs and regional networks in project cycle management, proposal writing, and fundraising. The participants were encouraged to embody the Results Based Management (RBM) model in the way projects and programs are designed and structured. RBM is a management strategy that emphasizes performance and achievement of outcomes and impact through a logical model and activities needed to accomplish the desired results.
The fundraising training focused on developing a common understanding of fundraising principles, sources of funding, forms and activities for funding. The participants worked towards developing an initial fundraising strategy for their organizations. The training served to improve the quality of resource mobilization actions and donor proposals of the participating organizations.