Assessment of project identification and selection processes in Government and International Non-government Organizations in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Ethiopia is incredibly work to get out the scoieties from poverty and meet the growing demand through various development policies, plans, and projects. Several studies described that both government and international non-governmental organizations works on different development projects to realize socities development. Ethiopia is also one of these countries with poor project execution, number of failed projects and few successful projects. Despite several causes can be enlisted to these inefficiencies, factors related to project management take the lion share. Particulalry, the project identification and selection phases of the project management cycle is the key stage for both the success and failure story of the project. Therefore this study aimed at assessing the project identification and selection processes in selected governmental and International non-governmental organizations in Ethiopia. The research is designed to produce both qualitative and quantitative information through a cross-sectionall study design. A set of criteria was developed to select relevant sample units in government and international non- governmental organizations. 56 respondents are participated on the study. A structured questionnair is designed, distributed and collected using Google online survey form. The finding of the study showed that government projects have less engagenment to stakeholder identification, communication, community need assessment, and participation. Moreover non-government organization gives higher team focus or team selection in the identification phase of the project. Government organizations are also have better feasibility assessment practice than non-governmental organizations. The non-government organizations uses government plan and police as a good source of project identification in addition to other sources and have a good team composition.Besides these, most government projects lack robust project identification and selection compared to non-governmental organizations. Government projects should focus on stakeholder identification; inviting stakeholders to contribute their ideas; the needs of the stakeholder, and communicating with stakeholders before implementing and commissioning the project.Further studies should be done on how team members of government development projects are recruited. Therfore, Peoject identification, screening, selection, feasibility and prefeasibility study sould be done in depth in both non-government and government organizatoions.



Project identification, project selection, Process, feasibility study, NGOs, project cycle, development