USAid-sponsored training workshop on proposal writing

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The Vietnam Forest and Deltas Program (VFD) funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the coordination of the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) and a consortium of NGOs partners organized a training workshop on proposal writing skills for NGO staff in Thanh Hoa province from 22nd – 26th December 2014. The workshop aims to provide the capacity building and technical assistance to social organizations in writing proposals which help accelerate Vietnam's transition to climate-resilient, low-emission sustainable development.

Prior to the training, each participant was required to prepare a concept note which was then chosen to discuss and develop into a full proposal throughout the workshop. The training programs focused on crucial steps of proposal writing including participatory needs assessment to identify goals, objectives and results expected from target beneficiary groups, content of project and its focused activities, project location and time schedule of activities, resources for carrying out the project, cost and income sources, description of the implementing organizations and partners, project team and management, gender integration and follow up risk assessment. The training also provided key skills, suggested process and tools/approaches (logic model, problem and solution tree, SWOT analysis) used in proposal writing skills on different aspects including livelihoods, climate change adaptation, agriculture - aquaculture development, etc.

During the workshop, the participants had chance to communicate with each other to share their hands-on experience in implementing projects in their location and their ideas of proposing projects. There were four groups from Red River Delta, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Mekong Delta who proposed the following projects respectively:

1. Getting farmers to participate in selecting rice seeds which adapt to the lowlands and drought area in rural Red River Delta.
2. Using salt to prevent the invasion of Mai Luong (a type of bamboo) in the Ben En national park.
3. Building the capacity for women of ethnic minorities to comprehend and increase land use rights.
4. Integrating the topic of climate change into the socio-economic development plan of Dong Thap Province.

By using the participatory and on the job training approaches, the participants are able to absorb the knowledge and apply them into writing the selected project proposals. The training also provides follow up technical assistance to the participants as they continue to finish their full proposals.