Project Management Institute

Africa

high risk, high reward

The business world has long eyed Africa, but many companies have also been put off by its poor infrastructure and massive poverty. Now backed by vast natural resources and a surging youth population, the continent is on the verge of living up to its great economic potential. Yet project management success in Africa requires conquering a host of obstacles including political upheaval, limited local talent, and personal safety issues. This article examines how investors looking for projects with strong value propositions will find tremendous opportunities in Africa. It also overviews the issues with the infrastructure. It identifies why many infrastructure projects fail, including lack of proper risk assessment; poor stakeholder engagement; deteriorating infrastructure; and poor reporting and communication. It explains how managing the actual cash flow can be a logistical nightmare, and the importance of project managers being able to predict cash-flow needs several months in advance. Then the article discusses
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