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Topic: Concept Note: Methods & Techniques
9:00am - 5:00pm
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Service: Lunch & 2 Coffee Breaks
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Concept Note: Methods & Techniques

Funding Agencies have recently begun to encourage the use of concept notes as a way for applicants to obtain feedback on their ideas and projects.
The major purpose from the agencies’ point of view is to help those applicants develop more competitive projects and to save time by eliminating those that are not likely to be funded.
However, the applicants' purpose in developing a concept note is to capture the interest of the funder and demonstrate that the idea proposed is worthy of further consideration.
Through it, applicants can tell the reader what the project is, why it is important, and how it will be carried out which enables the related agencies to assess how well it fits with their direct interests.

Target Audience
Activists involved in the development process
Program Developers
Funding Liaison Officers

Learning Objectives
A good concept note doesn't just outline what impact or service you would like to create or deliver. It does so in such a way that the reader feels it is the only logical choice.
The concept note workshop will take participants through each step of the process, from understanding why they are writing; to gathering information; to proofreading; through to creating the final, professional product.

Outline & Program

9:00 - 9:30: Welcome Coffee

9:30 - 11:00 Session 1 - Introduction
I- The 5 Elements
  1- Description
  2- Statement of the Research
  3- Demonstration
  4- Explanation of Plans
  5- Statement of Limitations

II- The Format
  1- Introduction
  2- Purpose
  3- Project Description
  4- Goals and Objectives/Research Questions
  5- Methodology and Timelines
  6- Support Needed & Costs
  7- Contact Information

11:00 - 11:30 Break 1

11:30 - 13:00 Session 2: Grant Requirements
  1- Priority area
  2- Summary
  3- The Problem
  4- Project-Priority Relationship
  5- The Impact
  6- Methodology
  7- Public Awareness
  8- Activities
  9- Projects’ Milestones
  10- Your Organization
  11- People in Charge
  12- Geographical Area
  13- Budget

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:15 Session 3: Guidelines
  1- Project Overview
  2- Background Information
  3- Project Details
  4- Resources
  5- Evaluation Plan

15:15 - 15:45 Break 2

15:45 - 17:00 Session 4: Simulation

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Trainer: Rouba Mansour Fares
Mrs. Fares holds a teaching diploma in Social Service from Saint Joseph University and pursued her Postgraduate Studies (DESS) in Community health at the Lebanese University where she worked as a lecturer for several years. She has participated in a variety of social activities on different levels like children care, youth and drug addiction, and has an advanced experience in the service of people afflicted with AIDS.
She took part as well  in  a series of local and regional professional training seminars with the NAP - National AIDS Control Program, Lebanon - on topics related to the voluntarily counseling and testing I & II, and with the UNAIDS on Management of NGOs, Monitoring and Evaluation System as well as Mobilization of Resources. She is active on many levels. She worked with different kinds of institutions such as clubs, schools, universities, jails, youth movement and associations. She participated in a variety of projects and trainings with governmental institutions and international organizations (Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with CEMEA International, etc…). In 2010, she has been selected as the Regional Coordinator for the Arab Network Against Aids (RANAA) in the MENA region.
Mrs. Fares is the ‘Social Department and Training Program Coordinator’ at LDN. She is married to Pascal Fares and they have two kids, Lea and Fares.

* Training Fields: Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation & Proposal Writing



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