• John CAMMACK Financial Management Specialist

John was head of international finance at Oxfam GB and senior lecturer in accounting and financial management at Oxford Brookes University.

John is a qualified accountant, manager and teacher and specialises in the international non-profit sector with more than 25 years of experience. His participatory training includes: financial management for non-specialists, training trainers (and specialist courses for training financial trainers), building NGO financial capacity, and developing communication between programme and finance staff. His consultancy work includes programme and financial management reviews for southern organisations, and assessing systems to meet the needs of international donors. John has worked with a range of relief and development agencies, including the Aga Khan Foundation, Amnesty International, Bond, European Commission, Homeless International, Intrac, Oxfam, WaterAid and VSO.

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He is author of the following books:

Buildinf Financial

      This book presents practical ways to build financial management capacity in an international development context (although much of it applies to any non-profit organization). It describes good practice in the specific tasks of financial management – for example, planning and budgeting and financial controls. It gives examples of how groups and organizations build their own capacity. It also considers what leadership teams can do to guide their organization’s longer-term direction and improve governance and it describes other financial management aspects such as building reserves that can be built into an organization’s structure to make it more sustainable. Building Financial Management Capacity should be read by programme staff and managers of non-government organizations, larger community-based organizations (CBOs), and charities, as well as for large NGOs and donors working with their partner NGOs and CBOs. The content can also be used in training courses, and university and college courses for international development workers.



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Basic Accounting

The success of any venture, whatever its size, depends on proper financial control. This book offers a step-by-step guide to basic accounting and financial management techniques. It is written in plain language for people who have no previous experience of accounting and book-keeping. Using simple case studies, the author shows how to: construct a budget and cash-flow forecast; record and control cash payments; draw up an analysed cash book, and a receipts and payments account; operate a bank account; and prepare a budget and actual statement. Each section is followed by activities to practise the material covered. Full solutions and notes for trainers and facilitators are also included. Basic Accounting is suitable for training non-governmental organizations in an international development context. However the procedures described in this book are not specific to development programmes. This book should be useful to any small group that needs to keep accurate records of its financial transactions.



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Communicating Financial Management2Strong financial management skills are essential to promote high standards in international development organizations. Many non-finance people find numbers and financial techniques difficult, however, NGO managers and staff are responsible for sound financial management and without full understanding their programmes will be at best less effective, and at worst vulnerable to going unfunded. Poor communication about financial information, by both finance and non-finance people, often seems to cause a block. This book helps people speak and write financial information better, avoiding jargon, and preventing listeners from ‘switching off’. It explains why messages about finance may not be received as they were intended when working cross-culturally and outlines how information can be tailored to different audiences and how to improve understanding and collaboration between finance and non-finance people. It shoud be read by non-finance and finance managers and staff within non-profit organizations internationally, as well as other organizations.

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Read more about John Cammack’s books  Communicating Financial Management with Non-finance People, Basic Accounting for Community Organizations and Small Groups, and Building Financial Capacity for NGOs and Community Organizations (Practical Action Publishing) and buy online with 25% discount by using the voucher code  NMASCAM14 at the checkout.