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EUROPEAN COMMISSION EuropeAid Co-operation Office General Affairs Evaluation

Project Cycle Management Handbook

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March 2002
Version 2.0

Prepared by: PARTICIP GmbH Hildastrasse 66 D-79102 Freiburg, Germany Phone: ++49-761-790740 Fax: ++49-761-7907490 E-mail: particip@particip.de http://www.particip.com In collaboration with FTP International Ltd., FIN-00101 Helsinki, Finland Prospect C&S, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium South Research, B-3010 Kessel-Lo, Belgium

The second version of the PCM handbook has been produced by the Evaluation Unit of the EuropeAid Co-operation Office. It has benefited from the assistance of PARTICIP GmbH.

European Commission – EuropeAid

Project Cycle Management Handbook

Project Cycle Management Handbook Table of contents INTRODUCTION............................................................................................................... 1 1.1. Contents ..................................................................................................................... 1 1.2. Target Groups ............................................................................................................ 1 1.3. How to Use the Handbook? ....................................................................................... 1 2. PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT: AN OVERVIEW ...................................................... 3 2.1. The Project Cycle and Key PCM Principles ............................................................... 3 2.2. The Basic Format or Structure of Project and Programme Documents ..................... 5 2.3. Programming .............................................................................................................. 6 2.3.1. Introduction ..................................................................................................... 6 2.3.2. The Programming Process: An Overview....................................................... 6 2.3.3. Fundamental Principles of Programming........................................................ 8 2.3.4. Checking the Quality of an Indicative Programme........................................ 10 2.4. Identification ............................................................................................................. 10 2.4.1. Introduction ................................................................................................... 10 2.4.2. Expected Outcomes of Identification ............................................................ 10 2.4.3. Major Tasks .................................................................................................. 11 2.4.4. Project Identification Criteria ......................................................................... 12 2.5. Appraisal .................................................................................................................. 14 2.5.1. Introduction ................................................................................................... 14 2.5.2. Expected Outcomes of Appraisal ................................................................. 15 2.5.3. Major Tasks .................................................................................................. 16 2.5.4. Project Appraisal Criteria .............................................................................. 16 2.6. Financing.................................................................................................................. 19 2.6.1. Introduction ................................................................................................... 19 2.6.2. Major Tasks and Expected Outcomes of Financing ..................................... 19 2.6.3. Project Financing Criteria ............................................................................. 19 2.7. Implementation, Including Monitoring and Reporting ............................................... 21 2.7.1. Introduction...
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