Developing countries implement many investment projects supported by development partners. To acquire finances needed for these projects, the implementing agencies are often required to develop a project appraisal document (PAD). The conceptualization and design of the project must meet some thresholds from the providers of finance. The project appraisal must for example clearly be in line with the country’s priorities, fit the sectoral priorities, outline higher level development objectives and have robust rationale on who the key beneficiaries will be. The project must also be described in a precise and concise manner and be clear on what the project components are, the implementing agencies involved in the project and the implementation arrangements that should be in place. In addition, the risks associated with the project need to be properly diagnosed using frameworks recommended by the financing institutions.
Many implementing agencies strive to package the project appraisal documents. While innovative ideas on the project exist within these institutions, putting these ideas together in a logical, consistent and comprehensive manner that complies to the development partner’s requirements has remained a challenge. An appreciation of why some requirements are in place from the development partners, or even how those partners work needs to be heightened.
This programme offers a step by step process on how to conceptualize and design a project appraisal document for financing by the development partners including the world bank, African development bank and the European Investment Bank among others. It is a ‘do-it-yourself’ course which is skill-based, and participants will be required to have identified an area for which they will develop a project appraisal document.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This course targets middle and senior level managers in government ministries involved in, or likely to be involved in project implementation. Project implementation team members, project managers, economists, monitoring and evaluation experts, resource mobilization officers and development partner’s liaison officers and those working in investment projects are encouraged to apply.
HOW PARTICIPANTS WILL BENEFIT
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Describe the format of the project appraisal document;
• Analyze country, sectoral and institutional contexts for investment project financing;
• Write a comprehensive description of the project comprising of project components, project financing;
• Assess project risks and sustainability, including the social safeguards that should be put in place;
• Undertake economic, financial, technical, operational, social and environmental appraisal among others;
• Prepare the results framework for the project
• Overview of the project appraisal document;
• Content and structure of the project appraisal document;
• Strategic context;
• Project development objectives;
• Project description;
• Project implementation;
• Assessment of key risks and mitigation measures;
• Appraisal summary;
• Results framework;
• Monitoring and evaluation;
• Using the operational risk assessment framework.