This handbook provides a discerned view of the practice and techniques of concept paper writing.

It is intended to help build the capacity of development and voluntary organisations in Concept Paper Writing, fundraising and resource mobilisation. Many donors have always required a concept paper be submitted for review prior to the submission of a full proposal.

In recent years funders have begun to encourage the use of concept papers as a way for applicants to obtain informal feedback on their ideas and projects prior to preparing a proposal. Some of these agencies now require a concept paper be submitted as part of the formal submission process.

This handbook provides a whole range of Concept Paper samples, which every development worker will need from time to time. It will provide ready reference for readers working with NGOs and CBOs on a day-to-day basis. The aim is to explain the process of writing a Concept Paper and the skills needed to do this successfully.

This handbook also covers a wide range of techniques which are now available to those seeking to raise money for development, showing how each works and giving some basic practical information on how the techniques can be used in practice, illustrated with examples and case studies mainly from the third world countries.