Project Design Manual
Published by: International Labour Organisation Co-operative Facility for Africa (COOP) and International Training Centre (ITC) of the ILO
Authors: Nieves Thomet, Alice Vozza
Date: December 2010
What is this manual about?
The manual provides co-operatives and other types of self-help organizations with practical guidance to formulate project proposals that are economically, socially, politically and environmentally viable. It covers all the steps of project design: from the identification of the main problem to be addressed, to the planning of the project implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
The project design approach is based on the widely accepted planning methods known as project cycle management (PCM). These tools have been developed through cooperation by agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Commission External Cooperation Programmes, and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), among others. The methods comply with the internationally harmonized procedures developed by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for effective aid delivery. The PCM tools are now widely used by all United Nations agencies, including the International Labour Organization (ILO).
This is not a manual on how to manage concrete co-operative development activities, but rather on how to effectively conceive and plan their implementation. Our focus here is on preparing successful demand-driven proposals. The design guidelines will help users to respond to concrete development needs, while also meeting the eligibility criteria of donors and co-operation agencies. Increasingly, donors are supporting initiatives that strengthen recipient ownership, improve the overall effectiveness of aid, and reduce the cost of managing development assistance.