Writing Winning Proposal

Develop convincing and attractive proposals


Why this course?

You have a project idea which needs funding. You want to respond to a request for proposals or mobilise new resources for your organisation. You want to demonstrate your added value but are facing stiff competition. Learn to write a proposal that stands out. We believe that writing a convincing and attractive proposal is something we all can learn.


Course objectives

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Know how to match your proposal idea to funders' needs
  • Know how to bring needed logic and structure to your proposal
  • Understand the proposal writing process and criteria that will be used to assess it
  • Raise your confidence in simple but strong writing
  • Have received feedback on your writing drafts


Who should join?

You are a manager or staff member working for a consultancy firm, an NGO or a government institute, involved in writing project proposals or in responding to tenders for services.


Course agenda

Day 1:

Opening & introductions

Nine steps to proposal development

Know yourself & know your donor

PCM and project design


Day 2:

Donor terminology and process

Go/No Go decisions

Planning your proposal writing process

Writing concept notes


Day 3:

Paragraph writing

Tips for attractive writing

Improving our writing

Peer assessment


Day 4:

Know your pitch!

Make a proposal structure

How donors appraise

Course evaluation and closure


Meet your trainer

Rayke Nelis


MDF Asia, Myanmar Office

Email: rne@mdf.nl


Rayke has a background in development economics and has been working with different development organisations for the last 10 years. During these years she supported many organisations with project design and M&E.


Essential Information

Time: 9 - 12 November 2020

Location: Yangon, Myanmar

Course fee: 920 EUR (excluding tax)

Registration deadline: 2 November 2020

Registration: visit our course page here


Logistic information

  • Transportation: To be arranged by participants
  • Accommodation: If participants would like to stay at the training venue, MDF Asia will support with the booking. Participants can also search for nearby options on booking.com or www.agoda.com
  • Final course agenda: available to be sent out 1 week before the training starts
  • Visa (if needed): Participants are advised to study visa policy of the country where the training takes place early enough for all the necessary preparation and application. MDF Asia will support participants' visa application by providing an invitation letter if required


Special offers

5% discount to the payments completed by 28 September 2020

10% discount to MDF alumni who attended an MDF course within the past 2 years

1 free place for a group of 6 registrations from the same organization


Contact us

MDF Asia, Vietnam Office

Add: Room 501, A1 building, Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound,

298 Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Email: mdfasia@mdf.nl

Phone: +84 (0)24 6258 4438

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