Project Cycle Management Workshop

9-11 May 2022

Satherakoses-Nagapradipha Foundation, Klong San, Bangkok

Permaculture: Practical Experience for Community Development and Food Movement

Background and collaboration:

Towards Organic Asia and the Thai partners under the Satherakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation set up a joint working group to strengthen the capacity and life skills of the second line senior activist in the network, and deepen the understanding about result-based project and activity-based project, the convention and terminology for project management, the differentiation between programme and project, the project cycle management, and the basic tools for project formulation, planning, and monitoring.

Basic skills for project management:

The group discussed about the tools that will support the activist/change agent to focus and work according to the project plan. So, the project team members are aware of self-improvement and team building by using and practicing the process of “RAIN” and “CLARA”. Throughout the project period, the project team members will often communicate and interact with the other team members, project partners, community leaders, stakeholders, beneficiary, and etc., so these processes/methods will strengthen the capacity of the team members to work together harmoniously and achieve the project goal and objective accordingly.

RAIN was adapted from the four-step mindfulness process (R.A.I.N. is an acronym developed by Michele McDonald)

CLARA was adapted from the LARA (LARA is a communication guideline developed by Bonnie Tinker, a Quaker Leader).

Project Cycle Management (PCM) is an essential process to operate and manage the project effectively and efficiently throughout the project period, in accordance with Result-Based Management (RBM) which will provide the tools and knowledge to deliver the result of their responsible projects.

Project Cycle Management

The Result-Based Management

In order to manage the project and achieve the project goal towards social transformation, the team members have to shift from activity-based to result-based, including improve the structure and culture of the project and organization in different aspects, such as from top-down to bottom up, from pop-up to system, from authoritarian to participatory, and from audit to monitoring and evaluation.

Project can be classified base on the different factors and aspects, for example, the source of capital, the project content, the involvement, and the objective. The project can be classified according to the objective such as product/construction, education/capacity building, research/action research, social change.

No.Project NameClassification
1Connecting the Commons (CTC)Research
2Sangka for Peace (SFP)Capacity Building
3Towards Organic Asia (TOA)Capacity Building
4PCPSMCapacity Building
5Wongsanit Ashram CommunityCapacity Building and Service
6Awakening Leadership Training (ALT)Capacity Building
7Child ProtectionResearch
8Women EmpowermentCapacity Building
9SEM PublicationEducation

The projects under Satherakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation and it’s network

Programme and Project, based on the scale, normally programme is bigger than the project, and the programme is the collection and coordination of several projects that share the common goal.

The programme will often take a long time to complete and focus on strategic and outcomes, not deliverables.

The project has a tight scope, specific goal, and objective to deliver the results within the certain time.

The effectiveness of the project management can be measured, and the project manager should manage and optimize the work base on the 3 components are:

  • Team/Staff
  • Resources (material, budget)
  • Time

Project Management Tools, some tools that can be used and will be useful during project formulation and project planning

  • Log Frame/Logical Framework
  • Gantt Chart
  • Bar Chart
  • Microsoft Project

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