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Project cycle management – a Roots guide

A comprehensive, practical guide for people doing relief and development work


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This guide explains what good project cycle management looks like. It follows the different phases in the project cycle:

  • understanding the situation
  • project design
  • approval and governance
  • preparation
  • implementation and monitoring
  • evaluation
  • closing the project

The guide provides tools to use in each phase, with examples of how to apply them, using a scenario adapted from a real-life project.

It is useful for anyone working on a project, including project managers and field staff. The principles in the guide can also be used by leaders as they manage and develop their organisation.

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