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Implementing Development Projects in Africa

The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town worked collaboratively with the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) to develop a five-day training course on ‘Implementing Development Projects in Africa’.  The conceptualization of the course evolved out of an expressed request from BADEA to find innovative ways to unlock the implementation blockages that confront several of the project implementation units (PIUs) of largescale projects that the Bank funds across the continent. 

The overall objectives of the course were to:

  • Improve the understanding of BADEA’s rules and regulations governing the implementation and evaluation stages of the project cycle;
  • Improve the capacity of PIUs to systematically identify problems and challenges facing project implementation;
  • Introduce a results based management approach and identify necessary project management and leadership skills to adopt this; and
  • Introduce tools to support project planning, risk management, stakeholder management and monitoring and evaluation.


The programme

The inaugural course took place from 17 – 21 September 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa with 42 participants from 11 countries in Africa; namely Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Gambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Lesotho, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Swaziland. 

The intensive one-week residential training adopted a participatory approach with content sessions and practical group work exercises to support the translation of content into practice.