A Practical Handbook for Financial Management

At AWDF we believe that in order to achieve impacts towards our collective mission of advancing our women’s rights we also need to dedicate resources to help build the capacity of changemaker organisations. As a donor, AWDF aims to support best practice financial management both internally and also amongst our grantees. We acknowledge that financial management is an area that many smaller and community based organisations needs support with, particularly when balancing smaller and project specific budgets, which make it difficult to cost professional support around finances. We encourage general finance management literacy among our grantees as well as providing specific training for finance staff to strengthen internal systems and sustain good financial management practice.This guide was originally developed by AWDF staff, then updated by AWDF’s Finance Manager Gertrude Bibi Annoh Quarshie based on the emerging needs of grantees. This third update includes further information and research on financial risk management and procurement.

We hope that this document will continue to be usefulfor women’s rights organisations. We welcome feedback on how you are using it!

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