In a country like DR Congo, there are many opportunities for international and local organisations to fund humanitarian and development projects.

Representatives of most donors are present in Kinshasa as well as in eastern DR Congo. They are as interested in working with local organisations as with international organisations. It all depends on the objectives they have set themselves and the context of the situation.

However, it is difficult to find one's way through this large number of donors, each of them having their own way of operating. That's why this fundraising training will focus on matching your organisation with relevant funders. Next, it is important to know how to approach funders and develop a relationship, as otherwise you risk closing the door from the start.

The trainers

Our training team members are Bernard Van den Abeele and Elizabeth Monzili

Bernard Van Den Abeele : Founding partner of Axyom, he has 20 years of experience in the international cooperation sector, a significant part of which he spent in the field; he has resided for more than 10 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo and regularly carries out missions throughout Central and West Africa.

He has been a programme manager, country representative, fundraising manager and executive director in different organisations. During all these years, he specialised in strategy and capacity building in project/programme/organisation management.

He has accompanied and strengthened various organisations funded by the European Union, the United Nations and the Belgian Cooperation on strategic and organisational issues, including fundraising. Finally, for several years he has been leading trainings and workshops on organisational development and fundraising for CSOs.

Elizabeth Monzili. : She has a degree in political and administrative sciences and over 15 years' experience as a project or programme manager for the EU and DFID, mainly in DR Congo.

Over the years, Elizabeth has specialised in gender programming and inclusion, policy analysis, partner, programme and risk management, monitoring and evaluation, democratic governance, theory of change, strategic planning, results-based management through the project cycle and institutional capacity building.

She has also accompanied civil society organisations across 14 provinces of DR Congo in the implementation of institutional and economic sustainability strategies.

Objective and expected results

The main objective of this training is for you to be able to make your fundraising more effective by :

  • Knowing how to identify donors that meet your needs.
  • Mastering the techniques of approaching funders.
  • Being able to develop communication materials adapted to your fundraising needs.
  • Knowledge of the methodologies of strategic and operational planning for fundraising.
  • Tips and tricks for a strong funding proposal.

Target audience

Directors and coordinators, grant managers, fundraisers, communication officers, project managers, consultants or those who simply want to specialise in fundraising for projects and programmes.

In order to encourage exchange and interaction, the number of participants will be limited to 20.

Training programme


Training courses

Tuesday 18/10/2022Introduction, donor landscape, donor identification.
Thursday 20/10/22Donor approach techniques, communication materials.
Tuesday 25/10/22Strategic planning for fundraising.
Thursday 27/10/22Operational (and budget) planning for fundraising.
Tuesday 02/11/22Tips and tricks for writing quality project proposals.