Assessing Your Partners' Financial Health

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Assessing Your Partners' Financial Health

March 15, 2018 - 9:00am to March 16, 2018 - 5:00pm

Washington , DC , United States

Language: English

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This course aims to build the confidence and skills of NGO staff to assess and strengthen local partner NGOs’ financial management systems and capacity. 

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for staff in international NGOs whose role includes supporting programs implemented by local partner NGOs and assessing the partners’ capacity to manage project funds. For those with no previous financial management experience or training, it is recommended that they first attend the companion course – Financial Management for Successful Programs. We recommend that you read this course outline carefully to make sure the content is relevant and meets your learning requirements. If you have any questions please do contact us.  

What You Will Learn

The final balance of course content will be decided by those attending the course, according to their interests and training needs. The core components of the course include:

  • How to prepare for a desk review
  • Using best practice frameworks and checklists for assessing capacity and analyzing financial risk
  • Interpreting partners’ financial reports
  • Deciding on the next steps.  

Introductions and overview

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Personal and course objectives 
  • Course themes and approach
  • Challenges & risks facing your partners

Good practice frameworks

  • The Four Building Blocks of financial management
  • The Seven Principles of financial management

The desk review

  • The desk review process
  • Key documentation – what should you ask for

Reviewing the annual financial statements

  • What to look for in Annual Financial Statements
  • Using ratios to give clues about financial status
  • Making sense of the auditor’s report
  • Using the financing mix matrix to assess partner income

Reviewing other documentation

  • Budget monitoring reports – how they work and what to look for
  • Reading partner progress reports
  • Other quick checks

Putting it into practice

  • Practicing the desk review
  • Assessing risk

The field review

  • The field review process
  • Key people, documents, and questions
  • The Four Internal Control actions
  • Some warning signs of fraud

Summary and action planning

  • Summary of key learning points
  • Action planning
  • Certificates and closing words

Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel/lodging arrangements. 

1120 20th St NW 
Suite 520S (Building 1)
Washington, DC 20036
The nearest Metro stop to the workshop is Farragut West on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines or Dupont Circle or Farragut North on the Red line. Find a map of the DC metro system here.

We have found that usually offers comparable or even lower rates than we are able to negotiate. We recommend attendees look for hotels in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Check out some suggestions for convenient hotels.