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(8 hours over 4 weeks)

Getting to well-structured and easy to read reports in (almost) no time 
1- 22 October 2020

Image by Carlos Muza


At the end of the course, participants would be able to:​

  • Overcome the main challenges associated with effective writing

  • Identify the key elements and criteria of a quality report

  • Learn how to outline and structure a text

  • Identify how to select photos for a text and to write captions

  • Prepare a presentation of the report

The course will cover the following topics:

Module 1: Report writing key concepts 

  • Why writing skills are important for the success of a non-profit organisation 

  • Types of reports and results-based reporting

  • Quality criteria for good reports


Module 2: Report writing in practice

  • Elements and structure of a good report 

  • Reporting shortcomings and failures

  • Planning your report by asking important questions: By whom? Why? For whom?, etc

  • Report format, including photos and captions 

  • Ensuring quality control - How to ensure the quality of a text or report

Module 3: Getting public

  • Preparing better presentations of your report

  • Public Speaking skills for report presentations


At the end of the course, each participant can avail of a credit of 45min for personalised coaching to support the implementation of action plans and for any questions related to it. The coaching is provided by the trainer of this course. It is valid for a period of two months after the course. 


This course is the equivalent of a one-day in-person course. It takes approximately 8 hours, thereof 4 hours of live online classes, about 4 hours of live working groups on case studies and exercises with other students, individual reading and work. The trainer maintains the same level of interaction as in an in-person course. 


Trainers: Rana Haddad, Dr. Dany Daou 


Course dates (all times are GMT+1): Thursdays, 10-12 AM

Thurs 1st Oct, Thurs 8 Oct, Thurs 15 Oct, Thurs 22 Oct

The fee includes the personalised post-course coaching. There are two types of certificates available for this course (fees in Swiss Francs, CHF):

Certificate of AttendanceAfter completing the course programme

Early bird fee, until 1 August: CHF 250; afterwards CHF 280. 

Certificate of Achievement: After passing successfully the exam at the end of the course programme

Early bird fee, until 1 August: CHF 290; afterwards CHF 330.

Max. 16 participants 


Successful writers are able to communicate effectively with their readers, being office colleagues, supervisors, beneficiaries, partners, donors or the media. The quality of written reports has an impact on how programs and projects are perceived both internally and externally. A report writer’s capacity to identify what is important and to flag issues of concern, while remaining short and concise, is essential to producing an influential report. 


Writing skills can be learned. It requires a strategic approach: You need to carefully plan, identify what the objectives of your document are, select an appropriate structure and format for the text, ensure quality control and good time management to deliver the document on time.


This course provides you with core knowledge, practical skills and tools to facilitate writing and to prepare you to plan writing tasks ahead. 


The course will benefit in particular:

  • Staff members and managers involved in writing documents and reports for internal and external use.

  • Consultants working with non-profit organisations



Image: Carlos Muza on Unsplash 

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