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Since 2008 punto.sud is the official service providing open and distance training on behalf of the European Commission for all DG-ECHO partners and staff.

punto.sud Training Experience

Over the last 10 years, punto.sud has built a strong reputation as a leading provider of effective, expert and high-quality international development training, mainly in the themes of project planning and management, effectiveness and donors’ procedures. In the last decade a relevant number of training modules have been delivered by punto.sud trainers and facilitators in more than 40 countries in Latin America, Middle East, Asia and Africa for the benefit of around 4.000 INGO, CSOs, UN and European Commissions’ staff.

Nowadays punto.sud offers a wide range of courses all over the world, focusing mostly on making the cooperation among CSOs and donors agencies more efficient and collaborative. Main topics range from fundraising to project planning, monitoring, respect of contractual obligations, financial management and internal audit.

Training programmes are based on the adoption of highly interactive learning methods like role-playing, use of case studies, focused conversations, appreciative inquiries, group works, dramas, quizzes, debates, simulations, real life cases and individual reflection.

punto.sud approach aims at behavioural changes, through active involvement of participants in order to acquire insights and skills and change attitudes to fulfil new tasks and responsibilities.

Training Across Different Themes

punto.sud offers a wide range of international development courses under the following categories:

  • Project Cycle Management – learn how to plan, budget and manage projects, and the techniques and ways of working that are important for good development work.
  • Effectiveness – explore how to monitor, evaluate and assess the impact of your projects and programmes, and learn how to apply the latest tools and techniques.
  • Fundraising and Donors’ Procedures – get the inside track on how to access and manage funding from a variety of donors and on how to cope with each donor’s procedures.
  • Governance – get benefit from our governance training programme, focused on the development of senior staff and boards of trustees working with national and international development NGOs.
  • Networking – learn how to establish, manage and monitor an effective partnership to implement projects in a collaborative and synergic way.
  • Communication and Advocacy – acquire skills and techniques needed to communicate your key messages, advocate and campaign effectively, and get an insider view on who to influence and how, including the appropriate use of social networks.

Free/Paid And Open/Restricted Courses

punto.sud offers free and paid courses. Courses are generally free when they are organised through Framework Contracts or Projects, usually funded by private or public donors. In this case the application process may be restricted to certain categories of participants.

Quick/Intensive Courses

Training courses may differ from quick training sessions (1-2 days) on specific issues to intensive courses (5-10 days) on whole processes, sometimes combined with distance learning sessions (Blended learning).

Beginners/Advanced Course

Training courses can address professionals (advanced courses) or beginners (inter alia graduate students, volunteers, junior staff).

Join one of our training sessions

Join one of our courses! You will experience our innovative learning methodology, which is far from old-fashioned lectures and will let you get new skills and competences in an interactive, practical, participatory learning environment.
Courses are delivered in different countries and locations, according to the assessed needs and are delivered by punto.sud facilitators in English, French or Spanish.
The maximum number of participants for each course is established at 25 to ensure good quality of the training and the necessary interactivity among participants.
See our training calendar for additional information.


For more information or to book an in-house training course, please contact Mrs Simona Pogliani (Chief of the Training Department)

DG-ECHO Training Program

For more information on open training courses on DG-ECHO related issues, please send an email to:

punto.sud Standard Classroom Courses

eLearning – The new PRAG 2018 main novelties

2018 open e-learning, DEV-CO training, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures, Project Cycle Management

Came back from holiday and found a brand new EU PRAG and no information on what has changed? Don’t worry! punto.sud Academy has already analysed the key documents of the…

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Classroom – Implementing an EU-funded Actions under the PAGoDA rules

2018 open classrooms, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures, UN-EU training

Are you working for a UN organization, an International Organisation (e.g. IFRC) or for a National Agency of a Member State and you want to know how to properly work…

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Classroom – Drafting a proposal: the Single Form

DG-ECHO training, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures, Project Cycle Management

The course provides an overview of the Single Form format, the partners’ tool to access ECHO funds. Through the use of very practical learning methods like analysis of cases, group works, plenary…

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Classroom – Ensure quality in humanitarian actions

DG-ECHO training, Effectiveness, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures

ECHO develops a number of policies on humanitarian aid and civil protection issues and specific guidelines to facilitate their implementation on the ground. This course will present the main policies  and then…

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Classroom – All you need to know about Emergency Actions

DG-ECHO training, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures

This course aims to enhance knowledge on ECHO rules, procedures and tools to address sudden humanitarian crises. The course focuses on ECHO tools, but includes useful material developed by other reputable International Organisations.

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Classroom – Project Monitoring and Evaluation

Effectiveness, Project Cycle Management

This course is based on punto.sud experience acquired in many years of field work, where different monitoring and evaluation approaches and methods have been implemented and tested. It intends to…

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Classroom – Logframe Analysis and Project Management

Effectiveness, Project Cycle Management

This course is based on punto.sud experience acquired in many years of support to organisation as well as form a direct management of projects. It intends particularly to propose and…

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Classroom – Managing ECHO Humanitarian Actions

2018 open classrooms, DG-ECHO training, Effectiveness, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures, Project Cycle Management

Humanitarian actions must be an effective and ethical expression of human solidarity. Most part of humanitarian aid operations are funded by public institutions, with the European Union representing the world's…

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Classroom – Final reporting of a DG ECHO-funded Action

DG-ECHO training, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures, Project Cycle Management

This course focuses on the closing phase of an Action; the main topics refer to an overview of eligibility of costs, management of remaining supplies, final reporting. It covers both…

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Classroom – The DG ECHO Audit process

DG-ECHO training, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures

The course focuses on the various steps of the audit process and its working methodology, in order to help partners to afford smoothly the audit of DG ECHO funded Actions,…

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Classroom – Implementing a DG ECHO funded Action

DG-ECHO training, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures, Project Cycle Management

This course intends to equip participants with all the information needed to properly manage an ECHO funded Action. It starts with the study of the Partnership Instruments and the hierarchy among…

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Classroom – Preparing a DG ECHO Action: the Single Form

DG-ECHO training, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures, Project Cycle Management

The course starts with an overview of the financing decisions process and the HIPs, to understand ECHO priorities and proposals' assessment modalities. After that, it analyses the Single Form format (the partners’ tool to access ECHO…

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Classroom – Fundraising, communication and campaigning


Improve your skills in designing a Communication Plan to enhance your fundraising campaign. In this course you will get a general overview of the basic elements of the communication and…

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Classroom – PAGoDA: the new UN-EU framework

EU development&cooperation, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures, UN-EU training

Are working for a UN Agency? Improve your skills in getting EU funds for your actions. Get inside the EU programming and funding system, be ready for direct negotiations with…

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Classroom – Be accountable: master the EU rules

EU development&cooperation, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures

Strengthen your skills in managing EU-funded projects (financed by DG DEVCO/DG NEAR) by properly comply with contractual procedures and use effective tools. This course will give you an in-depth knowledge…

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Classroom – Get funding from the European Union

EU development&cooperation, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures, Project Cycle Management

Improve your understanding of the most important funding opportunities and mechanisms offered by the EU to support projects of CSOs. This course focuses in particular on all the necessary steps…

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Classroom – Become a master of financial management of EU grants

2018 open classrooms, DEV-CO training, EU development&cooperation, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures, Project Cycle Management

Make the most from the practical overview of all aspects related to financial management of EU funded projects, starting from the preparation of a proper and realistic budget, to the…

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Classroom – Working with DG DEVCO and DG NEAR

2018 open classrooms, DEV-CO training, EU development&cooperation, Fundraising & Donors' Procedures, Project Cycle Management

Get an overview of the EU relevant actors and main programmes and identify funding opportunities which are more suitable for your organisation’s long-term strategy. Discover how to be successful in…

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