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Linking policies to projects

the key to identifying the right public investment projects

This paper reviews the merits of project governance in linking policies to projects and focuses on public investment projects in African countries. In this region, every year, huge sums of money are spent on public investment projects. It is relevant to ask whether the objectives of these projects are set and fulfilled according to the needs and priorities of the target group, or whether they are consistent with the development policies of governments in the target countries. After examining different conceptual and contextual literatures, the authors provide a project governance model to link policies to projects, a checklist for good project governance, and an outline of factors that could affect the project governance implementation. In this paper, the implementation of mandatory project governance systems in African countries is advised to improve the success rate of public investment projects.
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