ACCOUNTS AND RECORDS

Keeping good records of whatever we are involved with, is rarely anyone’s favourite work. Yet without clear and useful records, most of us waste a great deal of time and money.

This issue of Footsteps is not the easiest to read, yet we hope it will prove to be a very useful resource to keep and use in sorting out your own record keeping.  If you are in any kind of leadership role - whether this is looking after a health centre, running a village co-operative, or operating a small business - you will be expected to keep records. Without them, goods and drugs will not be available when needed, donor agencies will be unable to send funds, money may go missing and you may not be able to prove that you are not responsible - these results will mean that your work may be of little value.  

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 11.

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  • Basic book-keeping …a practical example

    by Alan Knott.  In simple terms the main reasons for book-keeping are:  to keep records of income (money coming in) and expenditure (money spent) so that the profit or loss during a period of time can be easily worked out

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  • Bible study: Our attitude to money

    Our attitude to money  We read in Matthew 6:19-21 the words of Jesus; ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’

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  • Editorial

    Keeping good records of whatever we are involved with, is rarely anyone’s favourite work. Yet without clear and useful records, most of us waste a great deal of time and money.

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  • Letters

    Demonstration Plots  My experiences have convinced me that demonstrations of farmers doing what they believe in and are committed to, on their own land, are the most effective type of demonstration. One exception to this that I have seen, was at the Rural Reconstruction Movement Centre at Mampong in Ghana. There the demonstration was not set up by centre staff, but rather by the trainees. The trainees had gone on to plant and adapt what they learnt there on their own farms. They then ...

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  • Project Monitoring

    by Jerry Adams.   What do we mean by project monitoring? It means to keep a careful check of project activities over a period of time. 

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  • Record keeping

    by Sandra Michie.   Does record keeping seem one of the most un-interesting and perhaps difficult parts of running a small health centre or even a business? Yet it can be fun…

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  • Resources

    Mobility Resources Inc  'Our Land Rover is broken down.' 'My bicycle is broken and there are no parts available to repair it.’

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  • Simple Record Keeping

    by Alan Knott.   Book-keeping is a tool that helps you to carry out other tasks to the best of your ability. It is an information system that can not only tell you what is going on with a particular project, but can also let others know what is happening.

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  • Working Together: developing team work

    All community workers, whether in health, agriculture, education, etc, will constantly be involved in situations where they need to co-operate with other people. This may be with individuals - the village head, a midwife, farmer or religious leader, or with groups, or with co-workers.

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