Budget Monitoring Essentials

Budget Monitoring Essentials

This workshop is available as an English Online Workshop.

In this highly participatory online workshop, we will introduce you to the key skills you need to prepare and analyze project budget monitoring and forecast reports, including donor financial reports.

During the workshop, our expert facilitators will share with you many useful tools and techniques so that you can return to your organization able to create the reports you need for both internal use and donor reporting. You’ll have the opportunity to put the learning into practice with a sector-relevant case study, with a mixture of individual assignments and discussions. At the end of the 5 weeks, we will consolidate and share a useful summary of all recommended budget monitoring tools and techniques for you to use in the future. 

What will you learn?

By the end of this workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Design and prepare a budget monitoring report to compare a project budget with actual performance
  • Calculate variance and grant utilization percentages to assess project progress compared to plan
  • Analyze the cause of the budget variances using a 3-criteria model
  • Create a Variance Analysis Table to identify significant variances and follow up actions
  • Create a project budget forecast report based on latest activity plans and information
  • Feel confident to use budget monitoring reports in project and grant management.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for:

  • Anyone in the NGO sector with responsibility for implementing and managing project, program or organization wide budgets; reporting to donors and other stakeholders on project performance; reviewing implementing partners’ project performance.

Previous budgeting experience is useful in order to attend this Online Workshop. We recommend attending Humentum’s Budgeting Essentials Online Workshop first if you are new to budgeting. If you’re still not sure if this workshop is right for you, feel free to contact us and we can help!

Further Information

Humentum’s Master Budgeting Learning Pathway


Humentum’s Master Budgeting learning pathway is a two-step pathway designed for learners who need to oversee, plan implement or deal with budgets day-to-day. This two-workshop pathway will help you refresh (and become master of) those budgeting skills required across the social sector and international development work. Both workshops in this learning pathway are available to take online.

The additional workshop that forms the Master Budgeting Learning Pathway is:

Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE)


Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs) are not awarded at the end of this workshop. 

Learning Approach


Online Workshop: Humentum’s highly practical, structured and in-depth eWorkshops always put the learner first. Working together with a small cohort of peers from around the world in a social network style environment, you will discover relevant tools and techniques through engaging videos, readings and assignments. You will have a dedicated, expert facilitator to guide you on your learning journey, provide feedback, and always ready to answer your specific questions to further enhance your learning.

How does an Online Workshop work?

The Online Workshop is open for a set number of weeks, and you must log-in each week to complete assignments and reach weekly deadlines. Once online, you’ll find our platform easy to navigate, with clear guides and instructions.

You’ll need to earn points for completing various tasks (such as watching videos, uploading assignments, group tasks, and interacting with others). The more tasks you complete, the more points you’ll earn. You’ll need to reach a minimum target points score, submit assignments and contribute to discussions in order to pass the workshop.

We estimate this workshop requires 5-7 hours per week, depending on your pace of learning, and previous experience.

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Practice areas

Finance Management, Budgeting

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Dates and registration

Feb 10 - Mar 23, 2021 Online English Register

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