Proposal Writing for Disaster Responders


Proposal Writing for Disaster Responders

Through active and participatory learning, this course aims to equip participants with a solid understanding of proposal writing

Understand how to develop and write clear proposals in the humanitarian sector

Proposal writing serves an important function for humanitarian agencies and NGOs. The ability of NGOs to deliver aid is dependent on their access to funds, and the quality of project proposals determines whether or not funds are ultimately received. Writing proposals is a common and necessary task for staff in various levels and roles throughout the organisation, nevertheless, the task can be challenging and requires skills in both project design and writing.

This course explores the necessary skills and knowledge required for proposal writing, and allows space for both theory and practical application of proposal writing skills.

Course aim:

To provide participants with the necessary skills and knowledge required to develop and write targeted and clear proposals in the humanitarian sector.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

• List the components and logical flow of proposals ;

• Explain what makes proposals effective;

• Adapt proposals to fit donor requirements, preferences and guidelines;

• Use tools, such as the logical framework, to design proposals with clear logic;

• Use tools to effectively plan for proposal writing in a project team ;

• Identify appropriate writing styles and practices

Course Structure

The programme will be run over three days between Monday 3rd June and Wednesday 5th of June 2024, allowing time between sessions for collaborative working and self-study.

Sessions will run between 14:00 and 16:30 BST each day (UTC+1). Please ensure you note all these dates and times carefully.

The module comprises three live facilitated sessions of 150 - 180 minutes’ duration. The course will take place in a live session on Zoom.

Participants will be involved in discussions and activities in order to deepen their understanding of the concepts that are discussed. Participants will be offered opportunities to share relevant personal experiences and reflections to benefit their own and others' learning.

Who should attend?

This module is relevant for all who are working on humanitarian response in disaster contexts around the world - including disasters and conflicts in Afghanistan, Sudan, Ukraine, and Morocco.

This course is offered for free; on a first come first served basis. We will be creating a waiting list, so please email us at engineering.skills@redr.org.uk if the course is already full so we can keep you in mind if anybody drops out. Places on this course are prioritised for those working directly on humanitarian response. If you have registered for a place and can no longer attend please let us know at engineering.skills@redr.org.uk.

How to join?

The live online sessions are hosted on Zoom. We recommend joining via the Zoom app. Participants may join the training via a browser, although the browser offers limited access to some of the interactive features of the training. Participants will be expected to have a stable internet connection and to actively participate in all facilitated sessions.

If you complete registration and are no longer able to attend, please cancel your place through Eventbrite. This allows us to offer your place to someone else on the waitlist.

Who should I contact if I have a question or query?

Please email engineering.skills@redr.org.uk.


For this module, RedR UK is also offering HPass Badging. An HPass badge is a digital indicator of achievement and a way for participants to demonstrate their skills and experience. More information on HPass Badging can be found here: https://hpass.org/hpass-for-individuals/.

Participants will be able to redeem a badge through a link sent after the module.

RedR UK is committed to making sure everyone’s needs are met, including people of different genders, ages and disabilities. If you have any specific access requirements or learning needs RedR are committed to try and make reasonable adjustments to support your needs, please email engineering.skills@redr.org.uk at any stage of the booking process to talk directly to RedR about your needs.

Course Overview

Course Length
3 days
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