The "management-per-result" approach to international development project design

Results-based management (RBM) has proved to be a valuable tool for international development (ID) project management; however, there are some inconsistencies that limit the use of RBM at the design phase to manage results. This article presents a "management-per-result" (MPR) approach to reinforcing the project design function of RBM and illustrates its application to a real-life project. RBM performs two functions: an internal one and an external one. The latter function was reinforced at the expense of the former, notably with the advent of millennium development goals (MDGs). Shying away from a technocratic approach, it emphasizes a "quick-and-dirty" approach and proposes an updated version of the logical framework to include success criteria and factors and very rough estimates for both project costs and benefits for targeted project results for different types of projects (infrastructure development, "process" type of project, and so forth).
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