What is Logframer?

Logframer 3.0 by Bart Stevens

Logframer 3.0 is a project management application designed by Facilidev for projects based on the logical framework method. Logframer was designed with NGO projects for development and humanitarian assistance in mind, but can also be used for other kinds of projects in other sectors.

The basic idea behind Logframer is to provide aid actors such as NGOs, non-profit organisations, donor agencies and so on with a simple, versatile and free tool that makes designing projects an easier task (and more fun). Logframer allows you to better integrate all information needed for a well-designed project, and helps you to improve the quality of your project proposals.

Logframer is designed to replace the usual tools for designing a logical framework, such as MS Excel and MS Word. It  makes sharing easier because all the essential information of your project is gathered in one single file (logframe, planning, budget and much more). It also takes into account the fact that internet connections in some part of the world make it difficult to use cloud-based solutions. Logframer documents are light-weight, so no more pushing a whole series of Office documents over a connection that fails every couple of minutes.

Logframer offers many options but you are never obliged to use them all. This way, Logframer can help small grass-roots organisations develop simple projects, but it can also assist bigger organisations with the development of large and more complex projects and programmes. And once you're finished designing your project, you can create the necessary tools to manage it at the press of a button.

Logframer can be used to design and manage any project that uses a logical framework and even projects that don't. Logframer offers the necessary project management tools and options for Logical Framework Analysis, Project Cycle Management and Results Based Management.

About Facilidev

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FaciliDev is all about facilitating the development of civil society organisations. Our belief is that bringing together people into strong, durable organisations that offer quality support to their members or beneficiaries is the best way to achieve change in society in terms of respect for human rights, fighting poverty, ending conflict, achieving sustainable development and so on.

To help people develop their organisation, FaciliDev offers assistance throughout the organisational development process in the form of punctual advice or support over a longer period of time, being with the organisation during all phases of their OD/quality process. To this end, FaciliDev offers (free) information about the topics of organisational/institutional development and project management; practical tools and methods such as the Logframer project design and management software; trainings and workshops on these and related topics – either as one-off events or in the framework of a longer facilitation process.

To help advance the knowledge on the aforementioned topics, FaciliDev actively engages in the discussion via social media and the development of tools and approaches based on the principles of the open source/copy-left movement.

If you are looking for training or support on the use of Logframer or the topics of logical framework approaches, project management or organisational development, you can contact us here or here.

For more information on Facilidev and the services we offer, visit our website at http://www.facilidev.eu/

How to install and run Logframer

Logframer was designed using the Microsoft .NET framework for Windows. You need the .NET framework 4.5 or higher to run Logframer. Most Windows computers have this framework (pre)installed already. If your system doesn't have the .NET framework, it will be downloaded and installed automatically during Logframer’s installation procedure.

To install Logframer:

  • Download the Logframer installation programme from the download page and save it in a folder.
  • Double-click on the installation file (logframer_30_setup.exe) to start the installation.
  • Should Windows and your virus scan software pause the installation procedure giving a security warning, just reply that you would entrust the life of your children and grandchildren to the Logframer installer.
  • Once installed, use the Start menu or the Logframer shortcut to start the program. You can also start the application by double clicking on a Logframer document (*.lfr)

Microsoft Windows

Logframer is compatible with

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Windows 10

 Logframer is not available for the Apple Macintosh, Linux or Android platforms

What do we mean by free software?

Logframer is a free Windows application that enables you to easily design the logical framework of your project. It is not available for the Apple Macintosh, Linux or Android platforms. Logframer is distributed under a GNU General Public License.

When we say that Logframer is available for free, we mean that:

  • Logframer is available free of charge from the download page.
  • You can make as many copies of Logframer as you like, and install it on any number of devices.
  • No 30-days trial period.
  • No advertising.
  • No hidden messages in your reports and documents.
  • No widgets, gadgets, add-ons, clean-up tools, registry scanners or other junk will be installed during Logframer's installation process. (Note: if you download Logframer from one of the mirror sites, we cannot fully guarantee that you get a clean installation process.)
  • We're not after your e-mail address, your password, your bank account number or any personal info.
  • You won't receive any spam.

You can also download the source code to Logframer from our website.


Security of your data

  • Your data is stored locally on your computer in the form of a Logframer document (*.lfr). No information is transferred to FaciliDev or any other third party (web)server.
  • The data is stored as an unencrypted XML file. This means that the information is readable as text in any word processor or spreadsheet application. If you wish to protect your data, you should use a third-party encryption program.