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Project Cycle Management (PCM) is a scientific approach based on setting proper planning for development projects, it begins with the analysis phase of the project idea, then the appraisal phase and collection of the initial and necessary information to identify the needs, followed by the planning phase, then the implementation phase, then the monitoring & evaluation, until the final phase of closing the project or extending it to another new phase.

In the first unit, the participants learn the concept of a development project, the types of projects, and the difference between them.
The module will start with the presentation of two case studies to help the trainees in forming the idea of a development project and sensitize the need for a specific methodology for a proper analysis and planning of projects, which is the “Project Cycle Management – PCM”. In this module, trainees will get acquainted with the concept of PCM and its different phases. We will also learn about the different types of projects and the importance of gender -based planning in development.

In Unit Two “Project Analysis”, we will learn about the phases of project analysis, that initiates with the project idea, and the needs analysis of the target group, then we move on to the stakeholders’ analysis that includes all persons and bodies related to the project.
The stakeholder analysis shows the potential roles of each category in the life of the project, their expectations of the project, their fears, and their strengths and weaknesses, and based on this and other information, the project team will decide on the type of relationship that identify the approach and how to deal with each stakeholder and how to benefit from during the project implementation period.
Then comes the second step, the Problem Analysis, that begins with the identification of the main problem, then identify its direct causes, and the sub-causes, for each cause, and causes for each sub cause forming the Problem Tree. Once the Problem Tree is identified we then move on to the Objective Analysis that describes the future desirable state of the project, which is the basis for the project planning process.
In Unit Three we will discuss the Project Planning Matrix or LogFrame – a tool typically used in project management to summarize the complexity of a project design. The LogFrame contains a summary and hierarchy of goals at different levels including the activities necessary to achieve those goals. It also includes the Objectively Verification Indicators (OVI) that describe the quantitative and qualitative criteria that the project should achieve, within a specified timeframe; the Means of Verification, the OVI source of information; and the Important Assumptions – the external conditions (that are not under the direct control of the project) required in order for the project to achieve its objectives. This unit will also discuss the implementation plan, which shows the detailed steps of the implementation process.
Unit fourth focuses on the project implementation phase, in which the principles of the project management system will be identified, the triple balance in the successful implementation of the project, the foundations of interaction between the project management and partners, the components of a successful work team, in addition to the concept of risk management and the importance of monitoring and evaluation.

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Anyone involved in development and humanitarian work, project officers, project managers, policymakers, donors, community leaders, NGO employees among other development actors.


By the end of this course, the participants will have known:

  • The concept of development projects.
  • Concept, practice and application of problem analysis.
  • Concept, practice and application of Objectives analysis.
  • Prepare the project planning matrix.
  • Formulation of objectively verifiable indicators.
  • Formulate risks in the form of assumptions.
  • The most important elements and requirements for a successful project implementation.


  • Module I:Entry to Project Cycle Management.
  • Module II:Project Analysis.
  • Module III:Project Planning.
  • Module IV:Project Implementation.


Each module contains a final test with a passing score of 50%. After you pass the assessment, the system will make a record of your score and you will be able to receive your certificate upon completion. If you do not pass, you may repeat the assessment multiple times to pass. The system will save only your highest score. You can complete the course at times that suit you continuously or intermittently, and you can withdraw from the course at any time and resume it later. The four units must be completed in sequence, as you cannot move to the next unit until after the previous unit is successfully completed. You will receive a course certificate upon successful completion of all four modules and filling out the satisfaction questionnaire at the end of the course.


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