Assessment of Project Management Practices and Challenges in Development Projects of Ngos: a Case of Eecmy- Dassc

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Addis Ababa University


Even though effective project management is critical to maintaining the organization's incremental growth and further cultivating the organization's business, there is a lack of project knowledge management and lesson capture, as identified during the preliminary discussion with a selected team member of the organization. As a result, the purpose of this study is to evaluate Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus-Development and Social Services Commission’s (ECMY-DASSC) current project management practices, with a focus on project scope, cost, schedule, quality, risk, integration, and project stakeholder management, with a focus on how each of these ultimately contributes to project success. In this study, a descriptive research design was used, and the researcher employed both a quantitative and qualitative approach. Furthermore, the study participants were chosen through a census survey and were exposed to both primary and secondary sources of data. A structured questionnaire and an interview were used in this study, as were secondary sources such as the organization's strategies, report, and evaluation document. The questionnaire data was entered into the SPSS software and analyzed. According to this finding, this organization's projects face internal challenges such as poor cost management and a lack of project integration, as well as external challenges such as bureaucracy in government offices. In comparison to other project management knowledge areas, the organization's project integration, project scope, project quality, and stakeholder management are all good, but the project schedule, project risk, and cost management are all poor. As a result, to improve project management practice and close the gap between actual theory and project implementation, the project team should provide project management trainings to its project team members and ensure that the trainings address team member gaps, maintain good project integration, scope, and project quality managements, and work on improving its project schedule, cost, risk, and scope. Project time management must be prioritized by defining and sequencing activities, estimating activity durations, developing a schedule, and controlling changes to the project schedule. Furthermore, emphasize the importance of working closely with the project sponsor/donor to manage the challenges of unexpected cost escalation during project implementation. Furthermore, the researcher suggests expanding the study to include other project management knowledge areas and conducting more in-depth research by including various project-based organizations to compare their project management practices and contribute to its growth in Ethiopia