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NEW! Monitoring Survey Report

This report details the findings of INTRAC and WOI’s own internal monitoring of the Peer Learning Programme.

The aim of the survey was to analyse the quality of inputs from the perspective of PLP participants and identify the impact of these activities on their organisations, their ability to support partners and the ways they learn from each other…

Annual Monitoring Survey Report: May 2013

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Monitoring and Evaluation: A Guide for Small and Diaspora NGOs

Theory of change: A Guide for small and Diaspora NGOs

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Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop, Dec. 2012

On Tuesday 4 December the Peer Learning Programme held its much anticipated Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Anne Garbutt and looked at M&E systems. Around 25 different PLP organisations were represented with some organisations bringing staff from their partner organisations in Africa and India. The day was a huge success. As one participant said, “This has been a very informative training that has demystified M&E.”

Look out for the M&E toolkit which will be published on this website in the coming weeks.

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Partnerships and Capacity Building Workshop

On Thursday 27th September the Peer Learning Programme held its first workshop since its relaunch. The workshop was focused on Partnerships and Capacity Building and around 30 different PLP organisations were represented.
The day was a great success with useful lessons shared and many sandwiches eaten! Now we look forward to the Monitoring and Evaluation workshop in November.

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September 2012 – we’re back in action!

PLP is back in action, with new members and new events planned. One of these events is the Partnerships and Capacity Building workshop on the 27th September. It’s at The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and will run from 10am-4pm.

Contact Lydia Levy at or Rachel Smith Phiri at if you have any questions.

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2011: A Year of Peer Learning

As we start 2012, we’re taking a look back at 2011 and all the great things that took place as part of the Peer Learning Programme.

We’ve had three fabulous workshops, and out of our productive discussions at these have come toolkits on Strategic Planning, Effective Governance, and Fundraising. And what’s more, we also produced a short guide to getting the most out of VSOs Participatory Advocacy Toolkit. Please share these in your organisations and with your partners!

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Insights into Participatory Advocacy

Developing an advocacy strategy is a pressing, but often intimidating, priority for many small and diaspora organisations. Jenny Ross wrote these short PLP Guidelines to help your organisation get the most out of VSO’s excellent Participatory Advocacy Toolkit.

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Being in the Funder’s Shoes

We had a lively and productive fundraising workshop on 14th October, facilitated by Ajay Mehta. One of the highlights of the day was an exercise called ‘being in the funder’s shoes’, where participants decided how to spend £25,000 from a charitable trust. Read the workshop report for more!

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Upcoming Workshop: Fundraising, 14th October 2011


The next Common Ground Initiative Peer Learning Programme Workshop will be on Fundraising and Resource Mobilisation, and be held on Friday 14th October 2011, from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, at NCVO, London.

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Great Governance Workshop!

On 19th July the PLP held a great workshop on Governance for small and diaspora organisations. The workshop report captures all of the day’s discussions and sessions – do read it!

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