Full Cost Recovery: The Strategy and Mechanics

Full Cost Recovery: The Strategy and Mechanics:

Sep 12 2019 - 8:30am - Sep 13 2019 - 5:00pm

Location: Nairobi , Kenya

Language: English


Early - Aug 01 Regular - Sep 11
NON-MEMBERS $815 $910


 Day 1

Welcome and Overview

  • Introductions, expectations and program overview

Full Cost Recovery: The Mechanics

  • The first day explores the fundamentals of overhead, methods for full cost recovery, funder-by-funder review, and a hands-on practice for applying the methods. Participants will walk away with a working knowledge of the 10 methods for overhead cost recovery and practice applying them in various donor situations.


  • Terms
  • Principles
  • Accounting for true costs
  • Allocation methods


  • 10 methods typically in use today
  • Funders, who requires what?


  • What to use when – 3 problems to solve

Day 2

Full Cost Recovery: The Strategy

  • The second day is a high-level exploration of the trade-offs of going with funders who have overhead caps such as when to change approach, whether to say "no", what the landscape looks like going forward, and how to use InsideNGO survey data. Participants will walk away with a clear view of the funder landscape, the choices for adapting to it, and a decision-making model for testing whether systems change is worth it.

NICRA: How Does it Work?

  • Discussion of the topic

Review of common full cost recovery methods in use today 

  • Discussion of the topic

Review of funder landscape

  • Discussion of the topic

Would you say "no", what would you change?

  • Five scenarios considered

Trends in FCR

  • More flexible funders
  • Social investing and its implications on method choice

How to hold an evidence-based conversation with funders about full cost recovery

  • Survey data
  • Benchmarks


  • Evaluation and closing words


South 'C' Bellevue, Off Mombasa Road, Red Cross Rd

Hotel Information

Boma Hotel Nairobi
Red Cross Road off Mombasa Road
Nairobi, Kenya

For reservations:
Email Masha Kalama masha.kalama@theboma.co.ke

Participants are responsible for their own hotel/lodging arrangements.