Phase 4-The
Prog. DGP
Adm. - Grad. 2013 - 
Dir.; Codir. Stéphane Gagnon

International Development Project Management: Impact of Transparency on Anti-Corruption Initiatives

Harnois, Yanik

Context: International development project management presents many challenges that remain to be overcome, especially in the design practices of international aid projects. Year after year, statistics show the persistently low effectiveness of international development projects over the past thirty years. This remains so, even though development aid agencies have implemented the most modern project and program management methods. 

Problem: Corruption at various levels and in various countries throughout the development aid value chain has often been cited as one of the main factors in this situation.

Theory: Our study attempts to bring a new perspective on the fight against corruption from the particular angle of the cultural, political, and institutional dimensions contained in the processes and methods of project management, which can prevent the objectives of projects from being achieved fully.

Contributions: We make contributions through three scientific articles:

• First, a review of the literature on corruption is offered, titled: Corruption and International Development: A Review of Project Management Challenges.

• Second, a summary article on the historical context of development aid, and a critical analysis of management practices by project and by program, entitled: Governance of international development aid: Impacts of management by project and by program.

• Third, an empirical article using the grounded theory methodology, based on expert interviews with 30 respondents, and summarizing the factors related to project management methods to support the fight against corruption, entitled: Anti-corruption Corruption and Project Management in International Development.


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