Project Development

Whether you plan to start up a new business, enter a new export market, improve your raw material sourcing or improve your current performance, a thorough project plan is essential to reach your objectives. Based on our experience in international projects for agri– and food, we can support you in developing your project plan and make it not only suitable for implementing the project, but for applying for financing with banks or grants with donor organisations, governmental organizations etc as well. 

The subject of development of a project can be looked at from different points of view; (a) the contents of a project and (b) the methodology used to develop a project. 

Concerning the contents of the project, we can contribute by bringing in our (market-, technical-, financing etc.) expertise supplementary to your expertise. In our development and implementation of projects we strongly advocate a chain approach.

Concerning the methodology, we apply the logical framework methodology. Project development starts with a clear analysis of the current situation, leading to a clear problem definition showing the causes and the effects of the problem(s). Based on this, it becomes clear what has to be changed. This leads to “project objectives” and potential strategies that can be applied to reach the required situation. Based on this the project plan including planning is elaborated.

As result of choosing a specific project strategy, the project purpose and -results are formulated, leading to project activities that need to be carried out to reach the project result. By charting the external factors that cannot be influenced (assumptions) and the main conditions that need to be fulfilled before the project activities can start (pre-conditions), project risks can be made manageable.

Besides this, thorough stakeholders analysis is needed to guarantee that your project takes into account the interest of the stakeholders involved and in the end is successful. Participatory planning requires the involvement of concerned stakeholders. This includes identifying public concerns and values and developing a broad consensus on planned initiatives. It is also about utilizing the vast amount of information and knowledge that stakeholders hold, to find workable, efficient and sustainable solutions. The stakeholders analyse results in an integrated stakeholder’s participation matrix including a communication plan with stakeholders. 

The final step is to plan the project activities, allocate the resources and develop an effective and efficient project organisation.  We use specialised tools for project development and implementation such as MS Project 2013.