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Writing Project Proposals that Win!

Huge effort is required to write a winning funding proposal for a development project; the competition is usually stiff.  After the hard work put in, it is demoralizing to come up short. 

This page will help you:

• Find a donor and the right funding mechanism

• Decide on the best bid opportunities

• Make the strongest case possible

Three presenters share valuable tips

• Looking for the basics in proposal writing? Meet Denise Buchner, Independent Consultant

Denise's slide presentation with links to resources

• Accessing funds from Global Affairs Canada? Meet Vaughn Lantz, Global Affairs Canada

Vaughn's slide presentation with links to resources

• Navigating the UN and IFI market place for funding and jobs? Meet Hussein Amery, Universalia

Hussein's slide presentation with links to resources

• A feature on working with the Asian Development Bank (ADB)


About the Panelists:

Denise Buchner, Independent Consultant, Evaluation, Monitoring, and Research Services

Denise Buchner has over 15 years' experience providing research, monitoring and evaluation services for international organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental, private and community-based organizations.

She has extensive experience with training and facilitation along with experience in utilizing OECD-DAC criteria for evaluation, Results Based Management (RBM), the development and use of qualitative and qualitative tools for data collection. Denise has worked in Eastern and Southern Africa, South-East Asia, Asia, and the Middle East and performed evaluations of programs funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Grand Challenges Canada. Her areas of expertise include Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), Health Systems Strengthening, and Integrated Community Case Management of Childhood Diseases (iCCM) with extensive experience in the collection of data related to breastfeeding and nutrition, micronutrient supplementation, and reproductive health. Denise is accustomed integrating cross-cutting themes such as gender equality, environment, and governance into evaluation plans.

Denise is a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society.  She has her own company, Impact Consulting Services.

Vaughn Lantz, Director, Partnerships for Development Innovation, Global Affairs Canada

Vaughn Lantz is responsible for the Calls for Proposals Secretariat, field relations, and financial management for the Partnership for Development Innovation Branch.

He was recently responsible for planning, systems, and coordination related to the implementation of Canada`s Feminist International Assistance Policy.  His Division also led the development and implementation of results based management tools for the Department.

In previous positions, he has managed both multilateral and bilateral programming for the Department. As the Director of Economic Development and International Financial Institutions, he was responsible for economic policy as well as development programming with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and regional development banks.

As Country Program Director, he managed development programming and development relations with China, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma, India, Thailand, Bhutan, and the Maldives.  He has also managed regional programming with ASEAN and bilateral programming with Russia.

Earlier in his career, Vaughn served as a policy advisor to the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Communications, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Hussein Amery, Practice Lead and Senior Consultant, Performance Measurement, Universalia

Hussein Amery is Practice Leader and Senior Advisor, Performance Measurement with Universalia Management Group. Mr. Amery established a dedicated Performance Measurement Practice in his firm and serves as a Senior Consultant on assignments related to results based management (RBM), enhancing organizational and institutional performance, measuring the achievement of targets on projects and programs and developing capacity-building activities.  Mr. Amery is recognized as one of Canada’s leading project development, design and management professionals in international development, with substantial work experience in Asia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Americas. Over the past twenty years, he has led and participated on dozens of large value international development projects totaling more than $150 million.

Since 2006 he has worked closely with Canadian Trade Commissioners, Global Affairs Canada, the Export Development Corporation, Private Sector Liaison Officers and Canadian representatives at IFIs to promote and support Canadians involvement with IFIs through the IFI Bootcamp series.

His current assignments include: Project Manager/ Evaluation Consultant, Mid-Term Review of the World Bank managed Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Middle East and North Africa;  Deputy Team Leader, Evaluation of IDRC’s Contribution to Leading Organizations; Project Manager, Evaluation of UNHCR’s Global Fleet Management; Team Leader, Analysis of Humber Polytechnic International Development Institute and Team Leader/ Strategic Planning Advisor, Design and Operationalization of Integrated Results Based Management System, Forum of Federations. Mr. Amery recently won a Standing Arrangement with Global Affairs Canada for the provision Monitoring Services in the Education and Skills Training.

Recently completed assignments include: Team Leader, External Evaluation of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Team Leader for the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Evaluation of the Medium Term Public Sector Reform Strategy in Dominica, Senior Advisor for the design of the Global Affairs Canada-supported Technological Platform for Public Sector Accountability in Nepal, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant for the UKAID-supported Disability Catalyst Program, Senior Training Advisor, Design and Delivery of International Development Training Modules, Islamic Development Bank Group and Senior Advisor to New Brunswick Community College International.

Shifa Panwala, Independent Consultant and Panel Chair

Shifa is a fierce advocate for bringing accountability and efficiency to aid work. She recently completed a Master’s degree from Tufts University, where she learnt to conduct Impact Evaluations in development work. Previously she’s worked in quantitative analysis for GE, Deutsche Bank and Imperial Oil and served as a teacher and leader in a low-income school in Pune, India. She hopes to use her knowledge and passion to support capacity building efforts for development organizations.