'Building International NGO capacity through Financial Management'

 A practical insight for accountants looking to volunteer or work in international development

Presented by John Cammack CIPFA & Neil Jennings, AfID Founder

Next date: Friday 18th May


The AfID workshop is a fun, informative and interactive day designed both for accountants looking to volunteer overseas and those considering a career move into the sector.


It’s a great way to learn about development, the varied roles for finance professionals, our assignments and the needs our many non-proft partners. The day is very relaxed and it is carefully designed to provide detailed insight into the different challenges, stakeholders and environments you will encounter; mixing real case studies and volunteer feedback with John and Neil's wealth of experience. 

Career Changers

If you are thinking of a career change understanding the context of the accountant's role and effective ways of partnering with diverse stakeholders is essential; the insight you will gain from workshop will strengthen your candidacy and hopefully give you the edge you need to stand out in a popular sector. On our Career Changers page we feature true stories from accountants who have forged new and rewarding careers in the charity sector after volunteering.


Each workshop is delivered by John Cammack, a very experienced independent consultant in the non-profit sector. John is a qualified CIPFA accountant, consultant and university lecturer. John has been involved with international development work for over 30 years, previously as Head of International Finance at Oxfam GB and then Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Financial Management at Oxford Brookes University. Neil Jennings, the founder of Accounting for International Development, will also be in attendance to answer any volunteering or AfID partner related questions.

The workshop runs from 8.30am - 5.00pm (Registration 8.15am-8.30am) and is followed by a Past Volunteer presentation and Q&A  5.00pm - 5.30pm.

"The workshop helped me tremendously during my job interview. The knowledge I acquired at the workshop boosted my confidence and performance during my interviews. As a result, it helped me secure my dream job and also start a career in International Development."

Kemi O, Auditor, Save the Children

When should I attend a workshop?
We recommend attending the earliest workshop date that is convenient for you. The day will provide much of the insight you need to help you make a decision about switching career to the International development sector or volunteering overseas. 

Who should attend?
The workshop is open to all and we welcome individuals of all levels of training & qualification; from AAT, PQ and finalists right through to Qualified, Fellows, Partners and retired accountants.
Please note that due to the limited number of places available on each workshop advanced booking is recommended.

Can't make the workshop, but would like to see the Past-Volunteer Presentation?

All prospective volunteers who are unable to attend the AfID workshop are welcome to join us at 5pm for the past-volunteer-presentation. This will give you an opportunity to speak with the AfID team and the past and prospective volunteers. The presentation will last approximately half-an-hour with 15 minutes for Q&A. 
If you are interested in attending the past-volunteer-presentation, please contract AfID to confirm your place prior to attending.

Workshop location:  ICAEW Head Office, One Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA

Cost for the workshop: £185 +VAT
For those attendees that later accept a volunteer assignment, £50 of the workshop fee will be deducted from your placement fee. 

To book a place please e-mail or call 0208 741 7000
We can only confirm your place on the workshop upon receipt of the funds.

Live outside the UK and unable to attend?

40% of AfID's volunteers come from outside the UK, and we are able to provide all the information and guidance you need. Case studies, guides, manuals and templates are provided along with two pdf books Building Capacity Through Financial Management and Communicating Financial Management with Non-Finance People. We can also put you in contact with former volunteers, and should you decide to go on placement we arrange phone calls between you and the local staff at the charity.



"A really useful day which made me feel more confident about what I could offer"
 Katy (CA) - FD & Partner

"It was good to attend an interactive seminar where you get to talk to other candidates"
 Caroline (CIPFA) - Internal Auditor

"A good balance of group discussion, experienced conversation and real case studies"
 Nicole (CIMA) - Management Accountant

"Engaging and informative"
 Colin (ACA) - Audit Senior

"It was reassuring that most people had some level of doubt about what skills they had to offer. The workshop gave us the confidence that we really could add a great deal of value"
 Mary (ACA) - Finance Director