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Training in Documentation for NGOs

Our programmes cover capacity building from the development and human rights perspective in areas such as
* Documentation (Case studies, Proposal and Report writing...)
* Strategic planning.
* Campaigns and advocacy

We offer the following types of courses

  1. Residential courses (applications close one month before the course)
  2. Customised trainings (on request at mutually agreed dates)
  3. Online courses (through the year)

Course details are given in the attached pdf file

Application deadlines are one month before the course to ensure adequate preparation. Preparatory material (soft copies) is sent a month before the course.

Statutory warning
The courses are intensive. Participants should be prepared for lots of writing and focussed work.

Residential Courses

  • Intensive Introductory Course on Documentation
  • Documentation for local fundraising
  • Documenting Case Studies to International Human Rights Standards
  • Documentation for Advocacy and campaigns
  1. Learning method
    The courses are intensive, and have between 5-15 (sometimes less) participants only. This is to ensure individual attention.

    The workshops are based on participatory, experiential and reflexive learning methods. Supported by inputs from the training team, participants will learn through doing. A variety of learning tools will be used including inputs, case study analysis, group and individual work.

    The workshops will be in English. Those with a fair to good command over English will benefit best. Teaching the language is not within the scope of the programme. The participants will work diligently, under extreme stress conditions. They will be prepared to meet tight deadlines.

    The workshops are designed to enable participants to take back high quality documents, in proportion to their effort. Practising media professionals and experts will be resource persons. Most of the time is devoted to honing skills doing practice assignments that are evaluated immediately.

  2. Course Fees
    The tuition fee for the training [per course]
    (3 Participants) Rs 35,000 [3 International participants Euro 850]
    Individuals Rs 15,000 [International Participants Euro 350]

    (except for Strategic Planning and MIS:
    Organisations (3 Participants) Rs 25,000 [3 International Participants Euro 600]
    Individuals Rs 10,000 [International Participants Euro 250])

    and for Electronic documentation, Web design and hosting:
    Organisations (2 Participants) Rs 25,000 [2 International Participants Euro 750]
    Individuals Rs 15,000 [International Participants Euro 400]

    This includes training and the costs of the required literature, stationery, accommodation and meals during the course. It does not cover laundry, internet, insurance, entry visa, accommodation and meals prior to or after the course or any other expenses.

    Previous participants in any course get an automatic 50% fee concession on all individual fees in any course.

  3. Workshop venue and accommodation
    The course will be in Bangalore. Simple shared accommodation and food will be provided to the participants.
  4. Scholarships
    OpenSpace does not offer sponsorships or bursaries. Interested participants may apply for financial assistance to a number of sources, including their own employers. Participants are encouraged to apply for financial support well in advance of the course dates.

    Partial course fee waivers are available for grassroots groups. Small NGOs are encouraged to apply. Requests for partial fee waivers must be made at least a month in advance, and are not guaranteed. However, they will need to pay for their boarding and lodging.

  5. Payments
    Payments can be sent by crossed demand drafts, payable to OpenSpace in Bangalore. International participants can either make a bank transfer or pay on arrival. (Please make bank transfers only after getting the visa.)

  6. Application procedure
    A participant profile form is sent out to those interested on request. These need to be filled up and sent to us at training @ at the earliest.

    Selected participants will receive a letter of acceptance. The procedure is complete on paying the course fee. On receipt of the course fee, we will send out a confirmation letter, followed by additional information related to participation in the course.

  7. Special needs
    Those with special needs of any kind, including crèche facilities for children, are requested to inform us sufficiently early, so that we can make the arrangements possible.
  8. Visa
    A single entry visa to India is issued by the Indian Embassy/High Commission in your country. Do check for details and eligibility.

    A visa may need more than one week to be issued. Accepted applicants who have completed all formalities will be issued an invitation letter addressed to the Embassy in their countries which will allow them to apply for an entrance visa.

  9. Insurance
    All participants in the course and their accompanying dependents must have health, accident and third party insurance upon arrival. Participants must ensure that they have appropriate insurance coverage.
  10. Weather
    Bangalore is generally pleasant right through the year, though on some days we have all the four seasons! Keep an extra shawl or sweater just in case. Blankets are provided when cold.
  11. Currency
    The currency is the Indian Rupee.
    1 Euro is approximately Rupees 65.
    1 USDollar is approximately Rupees 55.


Customised Courses
Minimum 10 participants; Maximum 25 participants.
Customised training can be arranged in mutually agreed dates and venues.

Organisation development

  1. Human rights approach to development
  2. Strategic planning
  3. Optimising impact using internet
  4. Information and Media management
  5. Advocacy, Lobbying and Campaigning


  1. Intensive Introductory Course on Documentation
  2. Documenting Case Studies to International Human Rights Standards
  3. Documentation for local fundraising
  4. Documentation for Strategic Planning and Management Information Systems [MIS]
  5. Documentation for Advocacy and Campaigns
  6. Electronic documentation and basics of web design and hosting
  7. Proposal writing
  8. Report writing


How to write your organisation history in seven days

For more details, contact us at
phone: +91.80.8850.6595
email: training @