Text transcript for Top Tips video

[Upbeat music]

What is your top tip for writing a proposal?

We asked our Technical Review Panel.

Each member of the technical review panel is standing, facing the camera, in front of branded AmplifyChange posters.

Paul Janssen, Independent Consultant, says:
My top tip for writing a good application is that you’re very clear about the context and very clear about the problem that you’re trying to solve.

Nkadi Onyegegbu, Professor and Researcher of the University of Nigeria, says:
One thing that thrilled me most was the title; when the title is eye-catching.

Berit Austveg, Independent Consultant, says:
My top tip for writing a proposal would be to be concrete and realistic and show that it’s doable.

Renuka Motihar, Independent Consultant, says:
The top tip for me for writing a proposal is clarity, being realistic, and having a deeper understanding of the context.

Naila Butt, Public health physician and consultant, says:
The community that they want to serve that needs to be reflected in their Board as well as in their team.

Alex Muller, Associate professor of the University of Cape Town, says:
Be who you are, don’t try to be someone you’re not. Use clear language – just say what you want to do. Don’t try to use big words or jargon-y words.

Yvette Kathurima, Head of Africa Engagement at Girls not Brides, says:
Ensure consistency throughout the application. Excellence requires you not only to work on the narrative, but also on your workplan, on your budget, as well as your M and E framework.

Fawzia Rasheed, senior adviser of Aga Khan Development Network and Board Member of BRAC International, says:
All reviewers have gone through the same process. We’ve done exactly the same thing and even been rejected. So let’s say, first of all, don’t feel any pressure to exaggerate your prior experience or your capacity. I’d also say don’t be fearful in terms of trying something new. But lastly, I really encourage wherever you stand in terms of the experience scale, that you show us who you’ve talked to that’s relevant in your sector on that issue and how you’ve talked to the people that you plan to help.

Dia Timmermans, SRHR Adviser, says:
My top choice for writing your proposal is that you understand the concept of comprehensive sexual reproductive health and rights before you start writing, and then you choose your topic you are going to elaborate on. And then I have a second tip for you. Tell me what is the added value
of your organization in your country. What is the difference you
are going to bring for young people, boys and girls in your country? And you’ll convince me.

Top tips in summary:

1. Clarity is important – be clear about the context you are working in and the problem you are trying to solve.
2. Have an eye-catxhing title.
3. Be realistic – show that you are original and passionate about yourproject but make sure that it is achieveable.
4. Localised – ensure that the community you are trying to servce is reflected in your board and team. Show who you have talked to in your sector and how you interact with the people you plan to help.
5. Be authentic – don’t exaggerate your capacities or experience.
6. Don’t use jargon – write in simple terms and use clear language.
7. Be consistent – work on all aspects of your project including the narrative, work plan, budget, and Monitoring and Evaluation framework.
8. Be innovative – don’t be afraid to try something new and don’t be afraid to fail. If at first you don’t succeed, try again!
9. Show understanding – ensure you have a solid understanding of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights before you start writing your applciation.
10. Show your added value – demonstrate how your organisation will bring about change and add value to the movement. Be aware of other actors and coalitions working on your SRHR topic and avoid duplicating what is already going on.

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