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GrantCraft: Practical wisdom for grant makers
In this guide, grant makers from a wide range of funding organizations describe their experiences as supporters of new nonprofits, or start-ups. Find out how they negotiated the path from idea to organization, and what they learned along the way about how to solve problems and help an organization sustain itself into the future. [1403]

Writing a Funding Proposal
This toolkit deals with planning and researching a funding proposal before you write it; how to write the proposal; and the follow-up required once it is written and sent off. There is also an example of a funding proposal to guide you. You will find advice on what you need to know about donors, and what you need to know about your own project or organisation before you write a funding proposal. You will also find guidelines on what to put into your proposal and how to write it, and references to other CIVICUS toolkits that can help you.
Source: CIVICUS [1292]

Financial Control and Accountability
This toolkit provides an introduction for the non-financial manager or leader on controlling the finances of the organisation in such a way that the organisation can be held financially accountable. It looks at the basics of a good bookkeeping system, at the importance of having financial policies and how to develop them. It also spells out the role of key structures in financial control and accountability, making a distinction between the Board and the CEO of the organisation. There is a section dealing with the annual external audit, and several examples to illustrate the financial control tools dealt with in the toolkit. The whole toolkit is geared towards enabling a non-financial manager or leader to manage the finances in an informed and competent way.
Source: CIVICUS [1291]

Developing a Financing Strategy
The toolkit will help you to develop a process for ensuring the financial sustainability of your organisation. We believe that thinking through a financing strategy for your organisation in a systematic way, and writing that strategy up as a basic reference document for the organisation, will help you towards gaining financial sustainability. If you use this toolkit in conjunction with other toolkits, you will increase the capacity of your organisation to plan for sustainability, and to generate the funds needed.
Source: CIVICUS [1290]

Monitoring and Evaluation
This toolkit deals with the 'nuts and bolts' (the basics) of setting up and using a monitoring and evaluation system for a project or an organisation. It clarifies what monitoring and evaluation are, how you plan to do them, how you design a system that helps you monitor and an evaluation process that brings it all together usefully. It looks at how you collect the information you need and then how you save yourself from drowning in data by analysing the information in a relatively straightforward way.
Source: CIVICUS [1289]

ICT Training of Trainers: Facilitator Guide and Reference Manual
This facilitator guide and reference manual is to be used when training people who will in turn serve as trainers in ICT. It outlines the format, materials, objectives, time, sequence, and content of the training of traine.
Source: digital opportunity [1259]

Using the Internet
Learn more on how the internet was formed and how it works. [831]

How to do research on the Internet
Learn how to use the Internet with this resourceful site. [829]

The community telecentre cookbook for Africa: recipes for self-sustainability
Although interest in Telecentres is widespread, they are a new concept, so there is a shortage of knowledge on how to establish and sustain them, especially in Africa. Most of the existing introductory texts, guidelines and manuals have been written for Telecentre operators in developed countries. [410]

Ten Steps for Establishing a Sustainable Multipurpose Community Telecentre
Ten Steps for establishing a sustainable Multipurpose Community Telecentre (MCT) is intended to assist comunities to walk through the basic requirements which need to be addressed when setting out to open and operate a successful MCT. It is a generic process only. [409]

African Digital Library
The Mission of the ADL is to provide digitised full text resources to learners in Africa via the Internet, thereby contributing to the revitalization of education and life long learning on the continent and alleviation of the digital divide between First and Third world countries. The ADL was created in the spirit of the African Renaissance. [408]

This website offers tutorial for web developers and designers. [407]

NPower is a growing network of independent, locally based nonprofits dedicated to one thing: Putting technology know-how in the hands of nonprofits. NPower's mission is to ensure all nonprofits can use technology to expand the reach and impact of their work [406]

Setting Up and Using Email
This lesson introduces the student to email, describes how it works, and teaches how to setup and use email. Students will also learn about and discuss important concepts such as netiquette, password protection, spam, and advertisement supported email. The student will demonstrate the new skill by sending the teacher an email and answering a quiz.
Taken from Bridge.org [405]

Sharing Knowledge Handbook
Sharing Knowledge is a handbook written by Dr. Kingo Mchombu for men and women working in villages, towns and rural areas who wish to transform their communities through information sharing. The author is the Head of the Department of Information and Communication Studies at the University of Namibia and a leading scholar on information and rural development. [404]

African Connection: Rural ICT Connection for Africa
The African Connection Program is seeking to accelerate the development of rural ICT markets, initiatives and strategies across the continent. It aims to create a positive business environment for attracting expanded private investment. [403]
African Connection.pdf

Building a School Web Site
An online book, and a learn-as-you-go, hands-on project that gives teachers and kids the power of publishing, basic HTML (how the files work, words, pictures, color, and linking), using a web editor, search engine placement, standards, bandwidth, animation, and more. The book offers step-by-step directions, as it is designed specifically for beginners. [402]

NetLingo is an online dictionary of Internet terms. It contains thousands of words and definitions that describe the online world of business, technology, and communication [401]

A Guide to Budget work for NGOs
This guide offers a systematic overview of the different aspects of applied budget work, with an emphasis on the activities and approaches a non-governmental organization might want to undertake in its initial years of such work. The guide is primarily intended for groups or individuals that have a new or relatively new interest in budget work, but it also may be of interest to those that have engaged in this work for some time and are interested in a review of the basic principles of this work, examples of useful resources, and best practices. [399]

Designing a funding proposal: the basics
Basics to cover when putting together a funding proposal. [398]

Rules of thumb when approaching grantmakers for funds
"The heart of effective fundraising is capturing people's attention, discovering their interests and persuading them to give over and over again. People give to people - they don't give to organisations with an administrative shortfall. They will not fund debt. Giving brings out the best in all of us, fundraising helps to stimulate this". David Cuthbert [397]

Business Administration
Business Planning Toolkit. [395]

Financial Management
Business Planning Toolkit [394]

Computer basics
Online training material on learning about computers. [393]

The ItrainOnline initiative aims to assist civil society organizations (CSOs) and other development actors in developing countries to confront the challenges posed by new information and communications technologies (ICTs). In seeking to overcome skills gaps in development, it connects people and know-how with the needs of ICT learners and trainers. [392]

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