• Introduction


    Velkommen til lanceringen af CISU nye Projektguide. 

    Guiden er lavet i samarbejde med Dorthe Skovgaard (konsulent) og Dreamtown (Civilsamfundsorganisation). 

    Den er nu tilgængelig her på side - og man er derfor meget velkommen til at bringe den i anvendelse i sin organsation. 

    Vi vil første gang anvende den i kursus sammenhæng på et weekendkursus i november 2022 , og vi vil på den baggrund lave følge op på anvendeligheden, og måske lave forbedringer i løbet af foråret 2023.  

    Guiden er på engelsk så den lettere kan deles med samarbejdspartnere. 


    Welcome to the launch of CISU's new Project guide.

    The guide is made by CISU in collaboration with Dorthe Skovgaard (consultant) and Dreamtown (Civil Society Organisation).

    It is now available here on learningsite - and you are therefore very welcome to use it in your organisation.

    We will use it for the first time in the context of a course on a weekend course (in Danish) in November 2022, and on that basis we will follow up on its usability, and perhaps make improvements during the spring of 2023.

    The guide is in English so it can be shared more easily with business partners.

    • About the Project Guide

      This guide is aimed at civil society organisations working with international development through partnerships.

      In addition to introducing project cycle management and concepts and approaches to civil society projects, the guide contains several practical tools that can be used for carrying out analysis, project design and kick-starting your project (inception phase). The guide uses a case developed in a collaboration between Dreamtown and their partner Youth Dream Centre Sierra Leone (YDCSL) to demonstrate examples of the tools’ application throughout.

      Whilst the case is specific for the areas Dreamtown and YDC-SL work in, it will assist in exemplifying and thus understanding the different methods and tools of this guide. The guide is divided into three main chapters that follow the first three phases of the project cycle; analysis, project design, and inception. The guide can be used as a reference point when preparing a new project or as a general training manual for the first three phases of project cycle management.

      The guide is not directly linked to any of CISU’s funding opportunities and -guidelines but is CISU’s proposal to manage a good project development- and inception process. It is based on projects developed and implemented in partnerships – e.g. between Danish civil society organisations and civil society organisations in the Global South.

      There are numerous guides available on project management, methods, and tools for preparing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating international development projects. CISUs online learning site on FABO supplements this guide and will continually be updated with additional tools, methods, and reflections on project cycle management (see: https://fabo.org/cisu/project).

      Different organisations may use different terms to describe the same thing. In this guide, one set of terms will be used consistently, with comparisons between these and related terms, and at the back you will find a full glossary at the end of this guide.

      Enjoy the guide!

      List of content

      • Case

        A real Case: Young, hopefull and extremly marginalized

        You will  throughout the guide be able to follow Dreamtown and YDC-SL’s journey from their initial ideas to the inception of a project in Bonga Town in Sierra Leone focusing on empowering youth and duty bearers to develop a safe and prosperous environment in Sierra Leone’s slums and informal settlements. 

        Sierra Leone has a young and growing population, and, like most developing countries, it is experiencing rapid urbanisation which is putting enormous pressure on cities to accommodate an increasing number of young residents. Thus, many of Sierra Leone’s young city dwellers grow up or settle in slums and informal settlements where life is challenged by limited access to basic infrastructure, health and safety, education, livelihoods and employment, public spaces, and general spaces for youth to convene and exercise active citizenship.

        Download the Case here...


      • Tools and Methods


        The Project Guide is recommending that a project flow will go through these five phases. The Guide covers the preparatory phases (1. Analysis, 2. Design & 3. Inception) - leaving out 4. implementation and 5. Evaluation. But do not worry....

        We will develop this learning site so that you will be able to both get an overview of relevant tools and methods  for each of these phases - also phase 4. & 5. 

        Get relevant downloads: A lot of the tools and methods used in the guide can easily be applied if you have a templet or small guideline. We will also make such relevant downloads available on these sites. 

        This is work in progress, but will be presented on this site from early 2023 via the below links: