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Different types of plan

Business plan

(Usually over 3-5 years)

  • Sets out the method for running an organisation over a specific period.
  • Reviews the organisation and sets out strategy for the next 3-5 years with detailed operational and financial plans.
  • Covers all areas of a business and generally focuses on management, services / products, marketing and sales.

 Strategic plan

(Every 3 years)

  • Sets out the mission, long term objectives and how to achieve them.
  • Concerned with the long-term direction of the organisation.
  • Provides the framework for decisions.
  • Usually covers vision and mission, long-term objectives, key strategies and programs, budget and risk areas.

Annual plan


  • Describes the projects and allocates resources (money and people) to achieve the objectives of the strategic plan.
  • Usually includes trends, learning from monitoring processes, description of proposed project plans, comments on how activities contribute to the strategic plan, and describes resources required.

 Project plan

(As required)

  • Sets out short-term, small activities aimed at specific objectives with earmarked budgets and limited time frames.
  • Targeted on a specific geographic area or at a particular group of people.

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