Writing Effectively at The World Health Organization
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At the World Health Organization (WHO), you may write for a wide variety of purposes: to propose projects, to report on activities, to correspond with colleagues, to inform stakeholders on project outcomes and to announce new initiatives. To a large degree, the organization’s success depends on how well you communicate your ideas to others. Getting others to accept your ideas, recommendations, and directions depends on your ability to communicate effectively. When they are accepted, your ideas will often lead to action—a project, an initiative, or a change in the way things are done.

In this course, you will explore techniques that can help to improve your writing. The course has been developed with a simple underlying idea: with sound methods and systematic effort, you can become a more competent writer. Writing effectively is a skill that you can develop and improve.

In this module you will work through the writing process as a way to explore writing skills. You will not only read about the process, but you will also engage in that process throughout the module. Along the way, you will have the chance to try out several techniques that can help improve your writing.

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