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Date: 2024-04-17 Page is: DBtxt001.php L0700-PP-PLACE

TRUE VALUE METRICS
PROGRESS AND PERFORMANCE
PLACE

PLACE is central to everything ... it is where people live their lives.
It is where organizations operate and where pollution originates.
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PLACE - where everything comes together

A TPB note from the 1980s:

It has become apparent that projects being funded by the World Bank, the United Nations and others are not having significant long term impact ... in fact many are simply failing to deliver on the goals that were used to justify their funding. When I researched this in the field, it became apparent that many of the projects were not failing because of an inherent problem with the project, but because there was an assumption that other things would be working, when in fact, these other things were not working very well or completely missing.

The community development projects that worked were ones that had a multi-sector approach and addressed all the issues in a particular place.

Every place is different. This meant that considerable flexibility needed to be available in order for the project to implement successfully. Most projects lacked much flexibility, and most of the funding institutions made it difficult if not impossible to change the project design after negotiation and during implementation.

Many projects lacked mechanisms to inform decisions makers about performance until it was too late. I did many project evaluations long after the project had been completed ... and no matter what the outcome of my analysis, it was essentially a waste of time. One could argue that the evaluations would be used to improve project design in the future, but any such feedback was minuscule.

For many years the UN system adjusted the budget for the project to equal the actual expenditures for the project so that ALL projects came in 'on budget'. This was common practice for years and suggests that the UN system had little or no understanding of how management oversight and budget control should work! This was one of many examples of how the UN adminsitrative system was dysfunctional
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