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Improving the management of international development projects

Improving the management of international development projects The purpose of this paper is to analyze the quintessential methodology of the international development (ID) projects, the logical framework approach (LFA), to find out which changes are required to increase the level of effectiveness of these projects.Design/methodology/approachThis research presents a thorough review of literature relating to the evolution of the LFA. This theoretical analysis formed the basis for a closed-ended questionnaire on the methodology and how it could be improved, from which the responses of 56 project managers experienced in the LFA were collected. Data were statistically analyzed through correlation matrix and ANOVA analysis by SPSS software. The questionnaire included a last open-ended question where professionals suggested how they would develop the methodology, opening a new path to effectiveness through participative approaches.FindingsThe research reveals that the LFA needs to be improved, and points to the next steps in the evolution of this mature methodology. An interesting insight is that although some suggestions are broadly accepted, such as the integration of risk management, other proposals could be open to further discussion depending on the organization.Research limitations/implicationsThe main weakness is related to the sample, which is reduced to 56 project managers from the same country (Spain).Originality/valueSince interventions for development are made by practitioners, considering their suggestions to improve the LFA is a major step to enhance the management of ID projects. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Managing Projects in Business Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1753-8378
DOI
10.1108/ijmpb-03-2019-0057
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the quintessential methodology of the international development (ID) projects, the logical framework approach (LFA), to find out which changes are required to increase the level of effectiveness of these projects.Design/methodology/approachThis research presents a thorough review of literature relating to the evolution of the LFA. This theoretical analysis formed the basis for a closed-ended questionnaire on the methodology and how it could be improved, from which the responses of 56 project managers experienced in the LFA were collected. Data were statistically analyzed through correlation matrix and ANOVA analysis by SPSS software. The questionnaire included a last open-ended question where professionals suggested how they would develop the methodology, opening a new path to effectiveness through participative approaches.FindingsThe research reveals that the LFA needs to be improved, and points to the next steps in the evolution of this mature methodology. An interesting insight is that although some suggestions are broadly accepted, such as the integration of risk management, other proposals could be open to further discussion depending on the organization.Research limitations/implicationsThe main weakness is related to the sample, which is reduced to 56 project managers from the same country (Spain).Originality/valueSince interventions for development are made by practitioners, considering their suggestions to improve the LFA is a major step to enhance the management of ID projects.

Journal

International Journal of Managing Projects in BusinessEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 15, 2021

Keywords: Project management; International development projects; International development

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