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Introducing the PMI International Development SIG Print
The International development SIG was formed specifically to address the unique attributes, needs and expectations by stakeholders of projects funded by International Aid Agencies and Banks. The projects the International Development SIG is focusing on are primarily located in the newly emerging nations and include social safety net, "good governance", infrastructure development projects and similar aid programs.

The International development SIG was formed specifically to address the unique attributes, needs and expectations by stakeholders of projects funded by International Aid Agencies and Banks. The projects the International Development SIG is focusing on are primarily located in the newly emerging nations and include social safety net, "good governance", infrastructure development projects and similar aid programs.

The international aid program for developing countries is a major undertaking on a global scale. Currently, it is estimated that the main lenders and donor countries have about $200 billion in outstanding commitments earmarked for economic and social development projects in about 130 countries. The World Bank Group (WB), oldest and biggest lender among the five major Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) had $121 billion in outstanding commitments, which were earmarked, for 1,534 projects in 1997/98.

The four other MDBs, (The Inter American Development Bank (IDB), the Asian Development Bank (AsDB), the African Development Bank AfDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the 21 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) accounted for an estimated $79 billion, among themselves, of the total outstanding commitments. The UNDP, the FAO and other specialized UN agencies also fund training and technical assistance projects and programs in these countries.

Each year this international group, plus various NON-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), such as CARE, Save the Children, FINCA etc. commit about $60 billion in new loans/grants to finance new economic development projects in developing countries, not counting international emergency and relief aid also to the poor countries around the world.

THE CHALLENGE

One of the main problems is the poor quality of implementation of development projects/programs. This means that projects/programs face delays, cost overruns, and delays in disbursement, and many require major costly re-engineering. While there are many factors which contribute to the poor performance, the most significant problem is lack of trained and certified project managers, staff and professionals responsible for preparing and managing economic and social development projects/programs in both the lending and borrowing countries.

In spite of the urgent need for qualified project investment and management professionals, there is not a single comprehensive training and certification program, similar to the one sponsored by the PMI for the private sector, tailored for professionals in the field of international development project management and investments in developing countries. One of the problems is that the training needs and the type of specialization required for managing in the public sector in developing countries is quite different from that in the private sector.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

If you are interested in becoming involved in this extremely interesting and exciting application of Project Management, please feel free to email any of the International Development SIG Officers:

Mark Austin, PMP

Chair

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Adesh Jain,

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