Single and Double count indicators

One of the important things that takes considerable time and discussion between the applicant organization and the donor while reviewing the project by the donor and before signing the contract, is to make sure the beneficiaries’ number is correct and not doubled.

In view of the difficulty of this matter, we put a form of calculating beneficiaries to help clarify the single and double count indicators. The single count indicators are the indicators of which the total numbers equal the total number of beneficiaries of the project.


We have 1000 students (male & female) for whom classes will be built and will be provided with school bags, books and meals.

So we will have 4 indicators in the project:

  • # of students (males & females) that benefited from the classes that have been built
  • # of students (males & females) that benefited from the school bags that were provided
  • # of students (males & females) that benefited from the books that were distributed
  • # of students (males & females) that benefited from the meals that were provided

So every indicator refers to the same number of students (males & females), which is 1000 students. Therefore, we will appoint one of the above indicators as a single count indicator, while the other three will be double count indicators because the beneficiaries are the same students.

So the donor knows that we correctly know the number of beneficiaries, as we clarify that we didn’t double the numbers and said that 4000 students will benefit from the project, confirming the number is only 1000, which is the correct one.


The total numbers of beneficiaries in single count indicators must equal the total number of beneficiaries according to the targeted locations and sex.

Beneficiaries’ calculation form

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