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8. Programme and Project Management

As managing overheads becomes increasingly important, one way for large organisations to minimise cost and focus on areas where they most add value is to bring in specialist project management expertise. PAID-WA’s approach is built on their ability to engage with clients to ensure that work is delivered effectively and efficiently with minimal transaction costs, yet still ensuring their clients are able to learn lessons and develop institutional memory for future action and decision making. We combine high level financial management and planning skills with the interpersonal and engagement skills you would expect from an outstanding half a century sustainable development player. Our consultancy programmes in this theme focus on projects and how to plan, budget and manage them, and the techniques and ways of working that are important for good development work. We make use of different standards in articulating ‘project Concept Notes’, particularly those of DFID, EC, AfDB, UN development agencies and the World Bank. Key interest is on the following:

8.1. Project Planning Using a Logical Framework Approach

Our clients will learn how to get the best result from using a logical framework to plan a project. They will gain an understanding of the different formats and terms used by funders as well as have a firm grip of the logic. They will also understand how to make it work for them through practical working sessions on an actual project.

8.2. Project Budgeting

Beneficiary organisations and institutions will be able to use practical examples, learn how to plan, develop, monitor and report on a budget for funding proposals and projects, keep track of grants from multiple donors and monitor cash flows.

8.3. Managing the Project Cycle

Our major partners/collaborators will find out all they need to know about how to plan, run and manage an international development project with specific focus on the practical implementation phase. They will learn about the tools that are central to success, including Gantt charts and critical path analysis, PEST analysis, ZOPP approaches as well as Microsoft project professional and how to apply them.

8.4. Building better inter institutional partnerships

No development intervention is truly sustainable without concerted and decent efforts. As a tree can never make up a forest, so for one development organisation to individually seek solutions to societal problems is suicidal. Here, we take a critical look at the latest thinking on working with global partners. Using the experiences of our clients, PAID-WA examines the principles and values that underpin effective partnerships and underscore the need to put them into practice. Our clients are exposed to the different styles of partnership and explore how to face up to tensions and challenges evident in partnerships, whether at the local, national, regional or international levels.

8.5. Participatory Approaches in Practice

The concept of participation has become a development bandwagon, with a highly vulnerable meaning to different development stakeholders. To some, it means cash and or kind contribution by the beneficiary communities and to others; it ought to embody decision-making options for the local beneficiaries. This is the basis of sustainability. The major question of how to get people engaged in the process of development and change is our key concern. In this interactive developmental practice, we get into an in-depth analysis of the more rigorous and robust approaches (RRA and PRA) and other contemporary approaches, their pros and cons, and the principles and types of participation. We also share what participation means to our different clients, their success stories and lessons learnt with others in the field. Finally, we build on hands-on experience by practicing the tools and techniques our partners will use.