On the next six posts, we are going through some of the common reasons why proposal fail. Our focus is not on the ‘quick fix’ problems, but the underlying illnesses in some proposals which good proposal evaluators can easily see the symptoms of. Which of these syndromes do you see in your proposal?
- Cinderella’s Sister Syndrome: Your project does not fit the donor criteria but you try to squeeze it in any way.
- Spaghetti Syndrome: Your project proposal throws around a lot of different ideas hoping that something will stick to the donor
- Superhero Syndrome: You claim to single-handed solve everything
- Doing-without-Achieving Syndrome: You focus on the project activities and forget the project results
- Adonis Syndrome: You talk too much about your own organization
- Boredom Syndrome: You do not engage the donor or show interest in improving your projects