Courses Catalogue

Managing Non-governmental Organizations

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Master of arts in project planning and management
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Content and Outline

Introduction (3 hours)

Definition of NGOs

Frameworks for understanding NGOs

Types of NGOs

Range of NGOs activities 

Development of NGOs3 hours)

  • Concept of Volunteerism, Charity, Welfare and Development 
  • Historical perspective of Volunteerism 

Formation of an NGO (6 hours)

  • Board establishment, functions, mandate
  • Setting up NGOs by-laws
  • Role of the NGO Board in Uganda
  • Legal framework 

Theories related to NGOs (6 hours)

  • The Law of Unintended Consequences
  • Civil Society
  • Stakeholder Theory

Administration of NGOs (6 hours)

  • National NGO Policy 
  • Legal Aspects of NGOs 
  • Office Procedure and Documentation 

Marketing NGOs (3 hours)

  • Principles of Marketing 
  • Social Marketing 
  • Information, Education and Communication 

Communication, Leadership Development and Human Resource Management (6 hours)

Principles of good communication

Successful negotiations

Leadership Development

Building and leading a team

Conflict resolution

Human Resource Management

Human resources policy, staffing and salaries

Staff development

NGO Management (6 hours)

  • Identifying strategic challenges facing NGOs
  • Using strategy and strategic thinking for NGO management
  • Strategic Planning: Achieving NGO Vision
  • Identifying the key elements of a strategic plan (Vision, Mission, Objectives, etc.)
  • Prerequisites for successful strategic planning
  • Selecting appropriate strategy frameworks and strategic planning tools
  • Formulating a strategic plan
  • Operational Planning: Translating Strategy into Action
  • Identifying strategic challenges facing NGOs

Mobilising and Managing Financial Resources (3 hours)

  • Overview of the major sources of income for NGOs
  • NGO financial sustainability 
  • Financial information available to NGO managers and its interpretation
  • Non-financial resources

Monitoring and evaluating NGO work (3 hours)

  • Approaches to measuring impact
  • Role of NGO managers in supporting learning and managing change

Mode of delivery

Lectures, group discussions, case studies