Sustainable Finance

You will learn to use the techniques in your own organisation and with partners, to see better decision-making and programme impact. Each module includes a range of tools and materials to use in your organisation’s activities. When you complete the course, you will receive the book Building Financial Management Capacity for NGOs and Community Organisations, written by John Cammack.

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Why choose this course?

The Sustainable Finance course is a 6-module online programme designed for managers and other staff who need to use financial skills in their work, but are not trained accountants. They may be working internationally in NGOs, government, UN agencies or private sector. We start with the basics and build a thorough working knowledge of financial management in international development organisations. You gain the practical skills not only to know how the numbers are calculated, but also how to use financial information and systems in decision-making.

Join our experienced facilitators, and together with a peer group you will learn using a mix of participatory, practical activities, theory and case examples and by sharing your knowledge and experiences.

You will learn how to:

• apply financial management within different settings using interactive case studies and examples

• plan and monitor budgets, using financial information to make good decisions

• assess and set up robust financial systems, and manage the expectations of donors for project funding and financial reporting


Budgeting• using budgets and cash flow to make the future more certain and sustainable.
Financial sustainability and resilience• implementing strategic financial management by, for example, managing core costs and organisational savings, and building a financially resilient organisation.
Implementation of financial controls• building an anti-fraud plan, identifying weaknesses and implementing controls to make your organisation ‘fit for funding’.
Sustainable accounting records and statements• recognising how audits help build financial resilience; identifying key figures from financial statements to provide a ‘snapshot’ of an organisation’s health and to aid decision-making.
Communicating finance effectively• creating effective internal and external financial communication to build relationships and achieve greater programme impact and sustainability.
Partners financial capacity building• building strong organisational capacity for your partners, by identifying systems and processes needed at different times, and confidently interacting with a partner about its finances.

Learn in a way that suits your situation.

Find out more about our delivery methods:

Course Dates

This course will be available online later this year and is currently available as a tailored training for organisations, please get in touch to find out more.

Your questions answered

Are our training courses accredited?

As a training provider our trainings are accredited by HPass. We are also a member of The Continuing Professional Development Certification Service. Find out more about our accreditation here.

Are there any discounts available?

Yes. We offer a 20% discount if you have been on one of our scheduled or Tailored Training courses before, and a discount for organisations who make a group booking.

How do I enroll on a face to face IMA course?

Application Process:

  1. Complete your application form
  2. IMA reviews your application
  3. Your Sponsor confirms budget
  4. IMA receives your payment
  5. Course is confirmed and you receive your Welcome Pack.
  6. Book your flights and accommodation
  7. Course starts


If you have any questions regarding your application or sponsorship, please call IMA International on +44 1273 833030.

1. Once you have chosen your course, fill in our online application, please e-mail us if you have any problems.

2. We will assess your application within 3 days.

3. If you have a sponsor we will contact them.

4. Once we receive the Confirmation of Sponsorship, we send the invoice, acceptance letter and visa support letter.

5. The invoice is paid.

6. We will confirm your course at least four weeks before the start date. Then send a Welcome Pack,for you to go ahead and book flights and accommodation. If we have to cancel the course and you have already paid, we will refund the amount in full.

How do I enroll on an online IMA course?

1: Go to ’’Training’’ , select a course: you can read more about the course here and you can find the application form by clicking on ’’Apply”

2: Send in your application form.

3: IMA’s team will process this within 3 days and send you a confirmation email and invoice, Learning Needs Statement form for you to return before the course starts (this helps our facilitators understand your learning needs) and the Terms and Conditions.

4: Pay your course fee according to the sent invoice.

5: The course is confirmed and the joining instructions are sent one week before the training starts.

I don’t have a sponsor or funding. What should I do?

Most of our participants are sponsored by their organisation. If you do not have a sponsor, you will need to find what funding streams are available to you. Although we look for ways to help participants with the course fees, we regret we are currently not able to offer any form of sponsorship or funding.

What experience do I need to join one of your courses?

Nearly all our training participants work in international development. This includes working for a government, a private company, a non-government organisation, multilateral organisation, a smaller local projects or programme, or as a freelance consultant.

What is included in the face to face course fees?

Included in the course fee is: tuition (presentations, group activities and one-to-one support throughout), a field visit where practical on courses more than five days, a hard copy of training materials (and on USB), course certificate and participant group photo, light refreshments throughout, a social and cultural programme which includes an evening dinner and a 1 to 1 coaching session with a certified coach on our fifteen day courses.

What is included in the online course fees?

Included in the course fee is: tuition (online learning platform, group work, one-to one support throughout), resources and training materials that can be downloaded from our online learning platform, 1 to 1 mentoring session with your trainers 3 months after the training, access to the course and materials for 6 months.

What is the IMA training style?

IMA’s training style is participatory and interactive using a blend of short informative lectures and group work.  Throughout the courses we give participants opportunities to share experiences, exchange ideas and network with other development practitioners.

What level of English do I need for your courses?

All our open courses are delivered in English. You need good spoken English to work effectively with your facilitators and other participants. As much of our course content is technical and we use a participatory approach, you need to be an effective communicator in English. This means an IELTS score of six or above, a paper TOEFL score of 550, or a computer TOEFL score of 210.

Who are your facilitators?

Our course facilitators are expert development practitioners. Their skills and experience come from doing training and consultancy work around the world with different organisations. With expertise grounded in practical experience, we guarantee our training is relevant and up-to-date to the needs of our participants.

Will I get certification?

You will receive a certificate on completion of the course, having fulfilled all the course requirements.

Have a Question?
Why not call and speak to a member of our team. We are always delighted to talk with past or potential clients, and we can talk with you about your specific interests and questions.

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