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Title: Effective Project Formulation: Addressing the Disjunctures Between Assumptions and Reality
Authors: Karim, Machal
Keywords: Project Formulation
Development Projects
Impact Analysis
Issue Date: 29-Jul-2010
Abstract: Problematic project formulation is only one aspect of ineffective development practice. While in Niamey, Niger working with international NGO Oxfam-Québec on an urban waste management project, I witnessed this in effect. I assumed a dual role as both a member of the project formulation team as well as an external evaluator and this permitted the opportunity for empirical observation and data collection. I pursued my thesis research on how poor project formulation leads to flawed project design. By looking at the case of the PGDSM-N, I analyse the disjunctures between project assumptions and reality, which will most likely produce suboptimal results. I provide an overview of both literature and experience, on the reasons why these problems occur and the possible obstacles to more effective formulation and design. Finally, I suggest that in order to overcome this problem and achieve more effective development practice, we must consider routinely incorporating learning and adaptive techniques into our development initiatives, such as the evaluative tool of impact analysis at an ex-ante stage.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24661
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