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Managing for Results and Accountability

(Note: this course was formerly named “Project Management, Governance, and Accountability”.)

Course Fee: €FOA
Course Duration: 5 weeks

Course Aims

Tailored specifically to the needs of busy development project managers, this distance education course in Managing for Results and Accountability aims to empower you:

  • To consider and apply Results Based Management principles in managing development projects.
  • To understand the different ways in which development organisations are accountable and to whom.
  • To be familiar with the different mechanisms for assuring accountability in practice.
  • To understand the links between governance & management of development organisations and accountability.
  • To appreciate the notion of ‘organisational culture’ and why it matters when it comes to accountability.
  • To prepare, monitor and manage budgets in accordance with the highest standards of accountability.
  • To design and implement appropriate financial control systems.
  • To understand the key concepts and practices of financial accounting.
  • To understand and prepare key financial statements.

What’s covered?

Unit 1Understanding Accountability introduces the concept of accountability by exploring its various definitions, principles, and functions specifically within the context of development organisations. It outlines the different ways in which development organisations are accountable and the mechanisms they use to account to donors and to communities. The unit also outlines principles for enhancing ‘downward’ or social accountability to project and programme beneficiaries.

Unit 2Building Accountable Organisations focuses on organisations. It begins by introducing key features of governance and management structures in relation to the principle of accountability in Results-Based Management. It also outlines the ways in which policies, systems and procedures guide the internal processes of an organisation and why ‘organisational culture’ matters when it comes to assuring accountability.

Unit 3All About Budgets – Preparing, Monitoring, Reporting explains how to work within a Result-Based Framework to prepare “results-based” budgets for maximum transparency. It outlines how such budgets can become powerful monitoring devices which enable managers to manage finances efficiently and effectively and ensure accountability in their dealings with external stakeholders.

Unit 4Accounting For All Of It – The Full Financial Story introduces key financial accounting concepts, terminology, and practices. As well as providing practical guidance on appropriate internal controls, it includes step-by-step instructions on how to keep clear, accurate financial records in accordance with international best practice. It also explains the concept of double-entry book keeping and provides guidance on generating key financial statements including Income & Expenditure Accounts and Balance Sheets.


After they have read the material for each unit, students are expected to test their own learning by completing some relevant exercises and comparing their answers to those provided.

Discussion Forum

Students are expected to participate in at least two discussion forums throughout the course. However, students are encouraged to participate actively in as many forum discussions as possible. Course participants are an important resource and support who can enrich and enhance the learning journey. Creating a sense of community with class mates makes the experience more personable and leads to more vibrant and engaged conversations in the weekly discussion forum.


In order to demonstrate understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit two assignments; the first on ‘Accountability in Practice’, and the second on ‘Financial Management’.


Each KODE course is accompanied by a Toolbox which contains exercises, further reading, examples, templates, and/or tools for practical application, and signposting to further supports. Students are strongly encouraged to review the toolbox and make use of the tools and supports available to enhance the learning experience and the practical application of new knowledge and skills in the students’ field of work.


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