Training in Documentation for NGOs

Our programmes cover capacity building from the development and human rights perspective in areas such as

Organisation development

  1. Human rights approach to development
  2. Strategic planning
  3. Optimising impact using internet
  4. Information and Media management
  5. Advocacy, Lobbying and Campaigning


  1. Intensive Introductory Course on Documentation
  2. Documenting Case Studies to International Human Rights Standards
  3. Documentation for local fundraising
  4. Documentation for Strategic Planning and Management Information Systems [MIS]
  5. Documentation for Advocacy and Campaigns
  6. Electronic documentation and basics of web design and hosting
  7. Proposal writing
  8. Report writing
  9. How to write your organisation history in seven days

Course details are given in the attached pdf file

Customised courses are conducted for organisations at mutually agreed dates and venues. Minimum 10 participants; Maximum 25 participants.
(For open courses Minimum 5 participants; Maximum 15 participants).
Preparatory material (soft copies) is normally sent a month before the course.

Statutory warning
The courses are intensive. Participants should be prepared for lots of writing and focussed work.

Application procedure
Once an organisation decides to upgrade the skills of its staff, we work closely with the HROD department to develop a course that fits the specific needs of the organisation. A participant profile form is sent out to those interested. These need to be filled up and sent to us at training @ at the earliest. Based on this the course is finetuned to meet the expectations of the participants, to the extent possible.

  1. Learning method
    The courses are intensive, and have between 5-15 (sometimes less) participants only. This is to ensure individual attention.

    The writeshops are based on participatory, experiential and reflexive learning methods. Supported by inputs from the training team, participants will learn through doing. A variety of learning tools will be used including inputs, case study analysis, group and individual work.

    The writeshops are in English. Those with a fair to good command over English will benefit best. Teaching the language is not within the scope of the programme. The participants will work diligently, under extreme stress conditions. They will be prepared to meet tight deadlines.

    The workshops are designed to enable participants to take back high quality documents, in proportion to their effort. Practising media professionals and experts will be resource persons. Most of the time is devoted to honing skills doing practice assignments that are evaluated immediately.

  2. Course Fees
    As a rule of thumb Rs 6,000 [per participant per day] for domestic and Euro 100 pppd for international participants... (except for Process Documentation, Strategic Planning and MIS and for Electronic documentation, Web design and hosting: Rs 12,000 / International participants Euro 200 pppd.

    This includes training and the costs of the required literature, stationery. It does not cover accommodation, meals, laundry, internet, insurance, entry visa, accommodation and meals prior to or after the course or any other expenses.

  3. Venue and accommodation
    If the training is to be arranged in Bangalore, we would be happy to do so. Venue and accommodation are arranged according to the preference and budget of the organisation and the payment is made directly. This is because there is a wide range of preferences. Those with special needs of any kind, including crèche facilities for children, are requested to inform us sufficiently early, so that we can make the arrangements possible.

    There are a range of venues possible for the training here in Bangalore.
    (a) Basic (non a/c) which is normally used by activists is about Rs 750, and workshop facilities (9am to 5pm) would be Rs 5000 per day.
    (b) Standard (a/c) Rs 3000, and facilities Rs 7500 per day.
    (c) Standard (non a/c) would be Rs 1800, and facilities 6000 per day.
    (d) Executive would start from Rs 12,000, and facilities 12,000 per day.
    If we travel to another venue, we request you to arrange the logistics (venue, accommodation etc) there.

    The Government of India taxes services at 18% (Goods and Services Tax, GST).

    Exchange rates are approximately (July 2017) Rs 64 to an US dollar and Rs 70 to an Euro. For the current rates please check
    The banks normally charge a conversion fee.

    Payments can be sent by crossed demand drafts, payable to OpenSpace in Bangalore. International participants can either make a bank transfer or pay on arrival. Please make bank transfers only after getting the visa.

  4. Visa
    A single entry visa to India is issued by the Indian Embassy/High Commission in your country. Do check for details and eligibility.

    A visa may need more than one week to be issued. Accepted applicants who have completed all formalities will be issued an invitation letter addressed to the Embassy in their countries which will allow them to apply for an entrance visa.

  5. Insurance
    All participants in the course and their accompanying dependants must have health, accident and third party insurance upon arrival. Participants must ensure that they have appropriate insurance coverage.

  6. For more details, or for any assistance, please feel free to contact us at
    phone: ​m: +9180.7392.2582
    email: training @