An Assessment Of Effectiveness Of Working With Consortiums In Development Projects: The Case Of Three Project Consortiums In Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


This day, there is a developing trend towards working collaboratively with more and more donors requesting agencies to form consortia. In the literature, there are mixed opinions on the effectiveness of working with consortiums. This research work investigated the effectiveness of development project consortiums by employing a multiple case study design. Quantitative data was collected from 41 respondents from three selected project consortiums implemented between 2011-2017 in Ethiopia. Data has been processed using SPSS version 20. The study found out that these project consortiums were effective measured by ten success factors adapted from the ECB consortium country experience and CRS CAFÉ standard. Assessment of the effectiveness of separate project consortiums revealed that AGP-LMD project consortium was less effective than GRAD and ASPIRE project consortiums. Out of the seven project success indicators considered in the study, a great majority of the respondents assured that the consortiums effectiveness has had high contribution to the achievement of five project success indicators. However, the study finding shows mixed result on contribution for two success factors. The implication of the study findings is that, if well-managed consortiums are a very good project implementation model to address the most critical development challenges, bringing together complementary expertise of different organizations and synergy.



Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, Consortium, Development projects, Effectiveness, Success Factors, Opportunities & Challenges