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A selection of documents and articles on various development topics related to project management. These short documents are full of good advice. 


pdf Deciding Under Pressure - Surinder Lamba PMP Popular


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Deciding Under Pressure - Surinder Lamba PMP

Description of a model to facilitate the decision making process of  project managers, based on the Recognition-Primed Decision (RPD) Model developed by Dr. Gary Klein. 

pdf Influencing Without Authority - Surinder Lamba Popular


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The paper examines the situation that most project managers face when dealing and influencing key project stakeholders, the paper proposes the use of a well regarded model of influencing without authority called the Cohen-Bradford Influence Model.

pdf Lessons on Programme and Project Cycle Management - FASID Popular


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A series of lessons from DFID and other organizations  This paper documents the lessons drawn from several years of practical work with a range of Programme and Project Cycle Management (PPCM) processes and tools. Presented at the Foundation for Advanced Studies for International Development (FASID) Tokyo Japan 

pdf Logical Framework Approach - SIDA Popular


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A summary of the theory behind the LFA method.  LFA, the Logical Framework Approach, is an instrument for objective oriented planning of projects. The method may also be used for analysis, assessment, follow-up and evaluation of projects. What the method is used for depends on the role of its users and their needs. Developed by Sida.

pdf Managing the Project Cycle - Robert Youker Popular


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This paper describes the World Bank’s Project Cycle which defines the project development process of moving from conception to completion. Lessons from evaluation are presented for improving both the process of managing the project cycle as well as improving the content of projects. The ultimate purpose is to accomplish the projects’ objectives within time, cost and quality of performance parameters.

pdf Participatory Approaches for an Impact Oriented Project Cycle- IFAD Popular


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The documents explores three themes: increasing project impact through participatory approaches, integrating management tools with the project management process; and introducing greater impact orientation at the institutional level. IFAD International Fund for Agricultural Development

pdf Project Cycle Management for Emergencies - PC Popular


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This guidance note looks at tools for incorporating disaster risk in the project cycle as a whole, particularly in the planning phases. Developed by the Provention Consortium

pdf Project Cycle Management in Regional Development - UO Popular


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Project Cycle Management in Regional Development – UO This paper aims to analyse Project Cycle Management approach in the context of regional development. The theoretical framework covers contemporary concepts typical for regional development and specific project/programme management tools. Univeristy of Oulu, Finland

pdf Risk Management in International Development Projects - GWU Popular


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This paper elaborates conceptual framework and risk management strategies for international development projects, which should be taken into consideration during the project initiation and project planning phases to enhance project success. The paper presents the many internal and external, visible, and invisible factors that influence the environment that create high risk in accomplishing project objectives. Young Hoon Kwak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The George Washington University

pdf Technology Levels of Information Management Systems – Basan Popular


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Development projects have increasingly realized the Importance of Information Management System (IMS). With advancement of technology, automated system is getting popularity. However, it is not the computer alone that makes the system functional. An excel based automated system constituting filing of record sheets, data entry in excel spread sheet, analysis using pivot table and reporting information will be a good start considering the cost and expertise.

pdf The Concept of Accountability - Hari Srinivas Popular


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Accountability calls for a simplified structure that avoids duplication and achieves greater impact; empowered and responsible staff managers; a leaner and more efficient non-governmental organization (NGO) that fosters management excellence and is accountable for achieving results. Accountability requires that an NGO provides a professional or financial account (or justification) of it activities to another stakeholding group or individual. It presupposes that the NGO has a clear policy on who is accountable to who and for what. It involves the expectation that the NGO will be willing to accept advice or criticism and to modify its practices in the light of that advice and criticism.

pdf The Job of the Project Manager - Robert Youker Popular


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This paper presents examples of three key documents on the Project Managers job: 1. A list of tasks organized by the sequence of management activities, 2. a list of duties or Terms of Reference and 3. a Project Charter defining organzational relationships. There are obvious overlaps and similarities as well as differences in these three documents.  - Robert Youker

pdf The Nature of International Development Projects - Robert Youker Popular


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International organizations like the World Bank and Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) plan and implement development projects with the aim of improving living conditions in developing countries. These projects are different from other types of projects for a number of reasons and the approach to implementation must also be different. This presentation will define those differences and specify approaches that are necessary for project success. Robert Youker, World Bank

pdf The Use and Abuse of the Logical Framework Approach - SIDA Popular


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 The Use and Abuse of the Logical Framework Approach - SIDA. The logical framework approach (LFA) has come to play a central role in the planning and management of development interventions over the last twenty years. Although the logical framework has become universally known, it is far from universally liked. It has been the subject of much criticism over the years, concerning both the theoretical basis of the approach, and the way it is applied in practice. In this review, we have attempted to take stock of the current views of  international development NGOs on the LFA and the ways in which they use it.

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