In 2009 the Asian Development Bank recognised that whilst staff had good knowledge in managing projects within their specific area, they did not necessarily have a comprehensive understanding of Project Management around the project cycle in its entirety. CIDT were contracted to conduct a comprehensive inventory exercise of (a) Bank business processes, operational policies, guidelines, and procedures; (b) Bank existing project management training; and (c) selected MDBs’ project management training practices. Working with a technical specialist, Peter Darjes, CIDT consultants Patt Flett and Ella Haruna developed a training curriculum and syllabus, including, E-learning modules, training and reference materials and trainer’s manual.

The Project Design and Management (PDM) training program designed covered all stages of the project cycle, including project design and processing, project administration and implementation, monitoring and reporting, and completion and self-evaluation, with a focus on how projects were to be well managed and overseen using ADB-specific business processes and procedures.

The PDM program aimed to assist staff to:

  • better understand the principles of ADB project management and the project cycle; setting recognized project management principles within an ADB context;
  • appreciate the proper application of management principles essential to project success and ensure appropriate quality-at-entry/development effectiveness of ADB operations;
  • understand the qualities and functions of sound project management.

The training approach was practical and task-based, providing a baseline understanding of ADB principles, procedures, and approaches. In-depth ADB-specific case studies were developed and used to stimulate experience sharing, problem solving and action planning.

CIDT facilitated over 10 cycles of course delivery from 2009-2012 and the course evolved continually to ensure best practice, throughout the period. 

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Participant comments

“Composition of the training modules was good starting with identification/design through to evaluation. I appreciate the facilitators’ work – very professionally done.”

“Very good input from Resource Persons, excellent pedagogic methods.”

“Case studies are most relevant because it is next best thing to actually doing/experiencing the situation.”

“The course has addressed various facets of project cycle and at the end of the day it has given more confidence to become a good project manager.”

“Knowledge on overall project cycle has now prepared me to participate in advanced training and confidence to implement project activities.”

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