Management of Development Projects

Students will explore all phases of the project cycle: the identification and design of projects, the resource scheduling incl. funding and procurement, the identification of risk and prevention of fraud, as well as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of projects. Furthermore, students learn about the project frameworks of the World Bank and the UN.

detailed course description

4. April 2024
04.04.202 – 04.07.2024

The aspects covered by the module include but are not limited to:

  • proposal writing and design of sustainable development projects
  • feasibility assessment
  • strategies for ensuring sustainability
  • project appraisals and reviews
  • investment and financial planning
  • project risk identification and mitigation
  • procurement and compliance
  • staffing and HR development
  • reporting standards
  • codes of conduct, anti-fraud and anti-corruption strategies
  • monitoring and evaluation


During all phases of the project cycle, sustainability approaches that help to ensure the continued flow of benefits after the end of the intervention will be discussed. Strategies for increasing compliance, preventing fraud and corruption, and how to maintain good conduct are discussed on the basis of case studies of existing development projects. Understanding of the various problems that might occur in project management and tools for its mitigation are developed in class. Students will be required to draft a project proposal.

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Oliver Serfling

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