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Project appraisal: polishing tactics before implementation

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Project appraisal: polishing tactics before implementation

The founder of Inuka Direct, Gabriel Tito Tabona, shares a five-part series outlining the different phases of a sport for development project life cycle. This third article considers project appraisal - consulting local stakeholders to refine the project proposal.

Project appraisal normally involves various stakeholders coming together to understand how projects and programmes might affect them in a given community.

Noting that Kilimo is a multi-cultural, politically and religiously diverse community, the two footballers organised a multi-sectoral project appraisal workshop with leaders from political, religious, educational, women and youth sectors. Two agricultural experts from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) were also in attendance.

The purpose for this engagement was to conduct risk assessment so as to know how the project can overcome uncertainties. Each attendee was issued with the concept note and was given an opportunity to share their views in respect to how the project would adversely or positively affect their line of work.

Youth leaders on their part were comfortable with the project noting that it could help to decrease high levels of idleness and crime. Education experts, who were teachers from the Kilimo primary and secondary school highlighted the need to simplify workshops because of a low literacy rate among the selected participants.

Religious leaders expressed the need for the project activities not to interfere with their worship schedule, while experts from JKUAT advised the project committee on the need to understand the topography of the land before planting any crop.

All these views were incorporated into the appraisal workshop report and after much deliberation, the concept note was developed into a full project proposal taking into account the issues raised by the different stakeholders and the party resolved to raise resources for the project.

After receiving financial support from an online crowd funding exercise, “Kilimo value based agricultural football league” was scheduled for implementation.

Project appraisal is therefore a necessary “trouble shooting” phase which acts as a first aid kit for project managers to deal with bottlenecks for a timely intervention.

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Monday, August 26, 2019 - 11:25