Development Cooperation Handbook/Designing and Managing Programmes
Designing and Managing Programmes
A programme is the response by an organization to the need of concretizing its mission into a series of actions. It is a framework containing planned activities (project) directed towards a common (overall) goal. A cooperation programme goal represents the meeting ground between the organizations mandate and the needs (including the need to recognise and exercise their rights) of the people for whom the organizations works.
In the previous sections of this handbook we said that:
- development cooperation organizations, in order to be efficient and reliable need to be projectized, i.e. they need to organize their work within programs that clearly identify objectives and methods, and that this programmes are based on capitalization of learning and on nurturing a communication climate;
- development cooperation work need to be planned, though dialogue and participation among all stakeholders, so that it is is an adequate response to the to the needs and the aspirations of work beneficiaries.
In this section of the handbook we will illustrate the steps and methods in designing the development cooperation programmes. While the concrete actions are shaped as time-bound "projects", lasting continuity and policy coherence of cooperation actions is shaped through "programmes". Without programmes the projects cannot lead to continuous processes and therefore neither they can produce learning, nor have a lasting impact.
Subsections of this chapter
Key elements of the program
In other sections of this handbook
The projectized organization
The learning organization
The employee empowering organization
The Organization’s mission
The Organization’s vision
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