The department through the Bureau of Development Oriented Research is offering the following short courses.

Course No. SDPM-01: Project Planning and Management

The short course on Project Planning and Management is primarily designed to address the growing demand for designing and sustaining development projects / programmes in the government ministries, agencies, development partners’ supported projects, and the Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The module gives the rationale, context, and methods of planning and appraising development projects / programmes.

Planning of development projects and programmes is essential when attempting to allocate limited resources for specific development purposes as effectively as possible, and a core part of the module is on methods for appraising the financial and economic efficiency of development projects. These methods of appraisal are informed by economic theories and, in particular, those of applied welfare economics.

While the module emphasizes financial and economic efficiency, other important issues in project design, such as planning and management techniques for the project cycle; including problem analysis, stakeholders analysis, objectives and strategy analysis, project identification and logical framework analysis, operational planning, approaches for social, ecological and environmental appraisal of development projects and gender mainstreaming in project planning, are also covered.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants are expected to:

  • Familiarize with the current “aid architecture” and the dynamics of development assistance
  • Use various approaches and tools for project identification and design, including logical framework approach, problem tree and SWOT analysis
  • Apply key concepts in project analysis, including investment criteria and the cost - benefit analysis
  • Use core techniques of project appraisal, including the discounted and non-discounted cash flows, and the net present values of projects
  • Compare the investment opportunities of different projects and be able to choose viable project(s)
  • Recognize critical project-related social and environmental issues, as well as knowledge of approaches for their appraisal and evaluation
  • Mainstream gender in project planning and management

Course Modules

  1. The current “aid architecture” and the dynamics of development assistance
  2. Project cycle management
  3. Project planning approaches/tools
  4. The logical framework approach
  5. Project analysis/appraisal
  6. Activity and resource scheduling
  7. Gender mainstreaming in project planning

Target Group

The course is designed for programme/project managers and officers, M&E officers, Community Development Officers, Planning Officers and academicians. Other parties with interest in improving their skills in project planning and management are also welcome.

Delivery Mode

The course is structured with a series of brief lecture, case studies and field visits to enforce the application of knowledge gained into practice.


The course is scheduled for one week (5 working days) including field excursion

Course Fees

Seven hundred thousand shillings (700,000 Tshs) will be charged per participant: This caters for tuition, lunch, refreshments, tea, conference hall and field excursion.