Project leader: Matti Tedre, DSV
Participant: Bukaza Chachage, Tumaini University, Tanzania
Project duration: 2013
Funding: Spider

There are a large number of frameworks for managing international development co-operation projects (e.g., LFA, OOPP, RBM, ROA). Each framework has different strengths and weaknesses, and may vary from highly abstract to relatively practical. However, none of those frameworks helps situations where professionals are unable to identify risk sources to project due to insufficient information about the project milieu. Yet, such situations are common in international development co-operation projects where information technology (IT) is involved, and where IT professionals have to operate in an unfamiliar project milieu.

This research project collects data from ICT professionals in a large number of past and previous Spider-funded projects, identifies common risks and trouble spots in them, and builds a risk identification framework, which is aimed at assisting IT professionals and organizations to identify sources of challenges in ICT-related international development co-operation projects, and to design appropriate countermeasures for overcoming risks before the project enters the implementation phase.

Our framework is not aimed at replacing project management frameworks or software, but for guiding planners, donors, field staff, and other stakeholders to identify and mitigate possible threats that originate from an unfamiliar project context in ICT-related international development co-operation.