Generator Maintenance & Financial Management
I would like to you know if you have resources available on… 1) Basic vehicle and generator maintenance 2) Financial management (working with excel, forecasting, creating BVAs, etc…)
The term “finance management” covers many things – please let me know if you have any specific needs or a specific audience in mind (Who needs these tools? Where are the projects? Projects in developing, cash-based economies need some different tools to those in more developed countries. I have assumed you’re talking about the former.)
If you’re not really sure what you’re looking for, the Mango website is a good place to start (www.mango.org.uk). They have a variety of free resources perfect for overseas projects, such as accounting templates and a financial management self-assessment for your organisation. Sorry I can’t give you the exact link, but I can’t access the internet at the moment (although see the list below). They also have a section called “Who Counts”, which gives advice on reporting financial information to beneficiaries. Mango is a specialist in humanitarian/development finance, so these tools should be relevant and dependable.
The following list was prepared as a guide for local organisations looking to perform an organisational self-assessment. I can’t check them out, so I can’t tell you which are finance related – so I’ve given you the whole list: • Tearfund’s ROOTS series, available in their learning zone in (in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese) http://tilz.tearfund.org/Publications/ROOTS/ • Civicus’ Civil Society Toolkits are another (follow link from “Resources and Services” in English, French, Spanish) at http://www.civicus.org/new/default.asp • International HIV/AIDS Alliance NGO Support Toolkit contains material and resources applicable to many organisations, not just those working in HIV and AIDS http://www.aidsalliance.org/sw5748.asp • Mango’s financial management “health check” (in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Sinhala and Tamil) http://www.mango.org.uk/guide/resources/healthcheck.aspx • A complete financial management toolkit, for emergencies (in English only) also prepared by Mango http://www.fme-online.org/
Mia (via Mohammed)
There is some quite useful stuff in Engineering in Emergencies on this.
However assuming they have access to that info already, I think we need to know more about the problem: e.g. What size generators are we talking about? And is there a specific running issue that is causing trouble?
Otherwise a generator is a diesel/petrol engine with an alternator attached, and is not too hard to maintain by local mechanics...
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