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Considering Project Failure: Eight Years of ITID Research

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Access to research on failure in development projects added to PMWL

22  April  2016 – Charsadda, KPK, Pakistan – A new resource has been added to the PM World Library related to project failure, and to international development programs and projects. The new resource is titled “Considering Project Failure: Eight Years of ITID Research”.

This paper, originally published in the ITID Journal, examines 40 articles published in Information Technologies & International Development between 2003 and 2010 to identify commonalities among projects that failed to meet some or all of their development objectives. Authors considered whether the selected papers articulated clear development objectives and whether baseline data were used to inform project design. They then evaluated two factors associated with how the development objectives were implemented: the development perspective (top-down vs. bottom-up) and the project focus (the technology vs. the community).

The goal was not to find fault with colleagues or their work but rather to advance the debate about the effectiveness of ICTD initiatives. Researchers concluded that top-down, technology-centric, goal-diffused approaches to ICTD contributed to unsatisfactory development results. Careful consideration of development objectives, perspective, and focus is essential in all phases of an ICTD project, from design through deployment. Honest and comprehensive reporting of failure (and success) helps ICTD researchers and practitioners to focus on best practices in meeting critical development needs.

To access this new resource, go to,scroll down to “Industries serving basic human needs” and click on “International Development Programs and Projects”. Must be a registered and logged in member to access.