Making science work for development

DFID grant management

28 June

This course equips you with the skills and knowledge to manage your DFID grant effectively.

You will acquire the confidence and ability to work smoothly through the contracting phase, learn the systems you need to set up to ensure robust reporting and compliance, and explore how to maintain a good relationship with DFID and Fund Managers throughout the project delivery and in the longer term.

Take this course together with DFID essentials or DFID proposal writing for a thorough preparation in DFID funding.

Who is it for?

For those who have been awarded a DFID grant. Suitable for anyone involved in DFID grant management and reporting.

What you will learn

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Start to build a reporting framework for your organisation
  • Develop a risk register and use delivery chain risk mapping
  • Identify where existing reporting systems need adjustment to meet DFID requirements
  • Identify key components of a strong MEL system for your DFID grant
  • Explain to colleagues when and how budget adjustments can be requested


Your starting point

  • Building a framework from existing materials and your grant agreement


  • Risk register & risk mapping
  • Monitoring framework

Setting up your project for success

  • Baselines
  • Reporting systems

DFID and Fund Manager requirements

Budget adjustments

Monitoring, evaluation and learning systems

Adaptive management