Topic outline

  • This is the first in a series of three e-courses designed to assist field technicians in working with communities, groups or individuals wishing to prepare effective investment proposals. This course explores how to create a business concept, a yearly cost benefit analysis, in the field together with the entrepreneurs. It also provides guidance to field technicians in participatory data collection and investment planning in the field and explores the key concepts of a RuralInvest business concept.

      • Course series

        The course series on Business planning with RuralInvest consists of the following courses:

        • System Requirements

          The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

          The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

          • RuralInvest software

            The RuralInvest methodology makes use of a software to develop professional business concepts and plans. You can download the RIV software here.

            • Audience

              People with the following profiles would benefit from taking this course:

              • Field technicians and extension agents
              • Financial institution agents
              • International development staff
              • Members of universities and training centres
              • Business plan development consultants and financial specialists

              • You will learn about

                • Collecting qualitative and quantitative information in the field
                • Investment planning in the field
                • Investment, general and fixed costs
                • Operating costs and revenue

                • Course structure

                  The course consists of three lessons of approximately 45 minutes duration each:

                  • Lesson 1 – Qualitative description of the investment idea
                  • Lesson 2 – Investment, general and fixed costs
                  • Lesson 3 – Operating costs and revenue

                  • Partners

                    ITCILO – International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

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