Improving report writing skills
The Samoa Umbrella of Non Government Organisations (S.U.N.G.O) has completed its Report Writing Course for N.G.O’s and C.S.O’s.
Funded by the Oloamanu Training Centre of the National University of Samoa, the training was to help Non-Governmental Organisations and Community Based Organisations write an effective report on a project that was completed by their organisations.
Some funding agencies encourage organisations to provide feedback of project objectives achieved.
The organisers/coordinators of the course were Ms Faapito Opetaia and Sooalo Sydney Faasau.
Sixteen participants received certificates and it one of the many courses that SUNGO has organised for its members for this year.
A number of CSOs organisations require assistance with their reporting processes. SUNGO members need to develop report writing skills in order to provide clear and accurate information to their relevant stakeholders.
Report Writing is an important skill that needs to be developed within CSOs to improve writing skills for progress and final project report. Good written English is essential for the NGO workers of today. Most NGOs are in constant need of funding, and requests for that funding are almost always done in writing. In order to make the right impression and win the support of donors, your written presentation of your organization and its ideas and projects needs to be of high quality. In addition, many other activities that NGO workers participate in, such as making presentations at international or regional conferences or describing an organization’s vision and objectives on a website, require high-level writing skills.
The course focused exclusively on important aspects of report writing.
1. Preparing and planning reports that meet their intended purpose, writing reports that conform to standards of acceptable style and language, and effective proofreading and editing.
2. Writing reports that reflect observations during monitoring sessions, as well as evaluation reports that are important for effective project management
3. Creating action plans that identify the target groups for projects, as well as how challenges will be addressed and objectives will be achieved
4. Planning and writing complete reports for donors that cover all elements of the proposed project, including the justification for the project, an ‘activities and implementation’ timeline, methodology, and all the human, material and financial resources required