nep-ppm New Economics Papers
on Project, Program and Portfolio Management
Issue of 2014‒08‒20
eleven papers chosen by
Arvi Kuura
Tartu Ülikool

  1. Stimulating industrial ecosystems with sociotechnical imaginaries: The case of Renault Innovation Community By Sophie Hooge; Laura Le Du
  2. .Ground-truthing. Chinese development finance in Africa: Field evidence from South Africa and Uganda By Muchapondwa, Edwin; Nielson, Daniel; Parks, Bradley; Strange, Austin M.; Tierney, Michael J.
  3. China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection By Austin Strange; Bradley Parks; Michael J. Tierney; Andreas Fuchs; Axel Dreher; Vijaya Ramachandran
  4. Aid Volatility: Is It a Problem in Tuvalu? By Letasi Lulai
  5. Strengthening Capacity of Developing Member Countries for Managing Credit Enhancement Products (Phase 2) By Asian Development Bank (ADB); ; ;
  6. Gender and Urban Poverty in South Asia: Proceedings Report of the 2012 Subregional Workshop By Asian Development Bank (ADB); ; ;
  7. Adaptation to Climate Change: The Case of A Combined Cycle Power Plant By Asian Development Bank (ADB); ; ;
  8. ADB Accountability Mechanism 2012 Annual Report By Asian Development Bank (ADB); ; ;
  9. The Saemaul Undong Movement in the Republic of Korea: Sharing Knowledge on Community-Driven Development By Asian Development Bank (ADB); ; ;
  10. ADB Cooperation with Civil Society Annual Report 2010 By Asian Development Bank (ADB); ; ;
  11. Report to the President: Office of Anticorruption and Integrity: Annual Report 2012 By Asian Development Bank (ADB); ; ;

  1. By: Sophie Hooge (CGS - Centre de Gestion Scientifique - MINES ParisTech - École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris); Laura Le Du (CGS - Centre de Gestion Scientifique - MINES ParisTech - École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris)
    Abstract: Facing the necessity to increase their innovation capabilities in a more and more holistic context, companies are creating new collaborative organizations aiming to collectively explore potential radical innovation fields. In this paper, we propose to study the nature of these new collectives for innovation through two managerial patterns: objects of collaboration and organizational mechanisms of coordination. Based on longitudinal collaborative research with the French carmaker Renault, the research analyses the case of the Renault Innovation Community, which involved members in original collaboration features to stimulate the industrial ecosystem of mobility and to support the potential emergence of new ecosystems. The main results of the empirical research underlined that: (1) objects of collaboration surpassed the detection of societal expectations to focus on sociotechnical imaginaries stimulation and dissemination; and (2) organizational mechanisms of collaboration exceed open innovation logics to focus on the collective building of favorable emergence conditions for new industrial ecosystems.
    Keywords: sociotechnical imaginaries; industrial ecosystem; innovation community
    Date: 2014–06–07
  2. By: Muchapondwa, Edwin; Nielson, Daniel; Parks, Bradley; Strange, Austin M.; Tierney, Michael J.
    Abstract: A new methodology, Tracking Under-Reported Financial Flows (TUFF), allows us to systematically gather open-source information.e.g. news reports, case studies, project inventories from embassy websites, and grant and loan data published by recipient govern
    Keywords: China, aid, development finance, Africa, data collection, ground-truthing
    Date: 2014
  3. By: Austin Strange; Bradley Parks; Michael J. Tierney; Andreas Fuchs; Axel Dreher; Vijaya Ramachandran
    Abstract: How big is China’s aid to Africa? Does it complement or undermine the efforts of traditional donors? China releases little information, and outside estimates of the size and nature of Chinese aid vary widely. In an effort to overcome this problem, AidData, based at the College of William and Mary, has compiled a database of thousands of media reports on Chinese-backed projects in Africa from 2000 to 2011. The database includes information on 1,673 projects in 51 African countries and on $75 billion in commitments of official finance. This paper describes the new database methodology, key findings, and possible applications of the data, which is being made publicly available for the first time. The paper and database offer a new tool set for researchers, policymakers, journalists, and civil-society organizations working to understand China’s growing role in Africa. The paper also discusses the challenges of quantifying Chinese development activities, introduces AidData’s Media-Based Data Collection (MBDC) methodology, provides an overview of Chinese development finance in Africa as tracked by this new database, and discusses the potential and limitations of MBDC as a resource for tracking development finance. This working paper accompanies the release of AidData’s Chinese Official Finance to Africa Dataset, Version 1.0, available for download at, and a live, interactive database platform (at AidData’s MBDC methodology is also available for download at
    Keywords: China, development finance, foreign aid, non-DAC donors, emerging donors, southsouth cooperation, media-based data collection.
    JEL: F13 F54 O24
    Date: 2013–04
  4. By: Letasi Lulai
    Abstract: Empirical evidence on aid volatility shows that it adversely impacts recipient countries. This study seeks to find if aid volatility matters in Tuvalu—a small aid recipient country in the Pacific. The study finds that, with a coefficient of variation of 0.49, aid volatility in Tuvalu is significant. It is also found that project aid is more volatile than aid that goes to budget support and routine programs such as scholarships. Aid volatility results in incomplete projects, high transaction costs, ‘Dutch disease’ and fiscal planning problems. To manage the adverse impacts of aid volatility, Tuvalu needs to strengthen its Consolidated Investment Fund to buffer for any disruptions in aid disbursements, provide a sound policy and institutional climate, target aid to budget support and programs instead of specific projects, and implement large infrastructure projects in phases.
    Keywords: aid volatility; foreign aid; coefficient of variation; donors; Tuvalu
  5. By: Asian Development Bank (ADB); (Private Sector Operations Department, ADB); ;
    Abstract: This technical assistance project was designed to familiarize policy makers in the developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with credit enhancement products (CEPs), including guarantees, available from ADB, export credit agencies, other multilateral development banks, and the private market. CEPs are used by inventors, exporters, and financial institutions to mitigate risks and are an effective tool to mobilize private capital for investment and trade. CEPs support both sovereign and nonsovereign projects. This technical assistance is consistent with ADB’s Strategy 2020, which support private sector investment and development, and commercial cofinancing.
    Keywords: investments, debt financing, risk mitigation, private investments, credit enhancement products, cep, public private partnerships, ppp, cofinancing, capacity development, mongolia, china, prc, indonesia, viet nam, vietnam, cambodia, papua new guinea, png, philippines, sri lanka, ceylon, technical assistance project
    Date: 2012–10
  6. By: Asian Development Bank (ADB); (South Asia Department, ADB); ;
    Abstract: In March 2012, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) held the Subregional Workshop on Gender and Urban Poverty in South Asia to share experiences and enhance lateral learning among ADB and its project partners on addressing gender and social inclusion issues in urban development projects in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Participants included senior government officials, nongovernment organizations, community based organizations, researchers, ADB urban and gender specialists, and representatives of international development agencies.This report presents the synthesis of knowledge, experiences, good practices, and recommendations shared at the forum with the aim of assisting ADB and its partner agencies in the planning of urban development projects to facilitate gender- and socially inclusive outcomes and reduce poverty in South Asia.
    Keywords: adb, asian development bank, asdb, asia, pacific, poverty asia, gender, social inclusion, urban development, social exclusion, urban poverty, gender equality, women empowerment, domestic violence, Rape, Sexual Violence, bangladesh, bhutan, india, maldives, nepal, sri lanka, south asia, women, gender gap, class, castes
    Date: 2013–01
  7. By: Asian Development Bank (ADB); (Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB); ;
    Abstract: This report aims to demonstrate how a rapid climate change impact assessment can be used to identify the possible impacts of climate change on a thermal power investment project. For this demonstration, the O MON IV Combined Cycle Power Station Project in Southern Viet Nam is used for illustrative purposes.
    Keywords: adb, asian development bank, asdb, asia, pacific, poverty asia, climate change, climate change impacts, climate impact assessment, climate change threats, climate change adaptation, energy, power plants, combined cycle power plants, energy projects, climate change impact assessments, power stations, energy investments
    Date: 2012–06
  8. By: Asian Development Bank (ADB); (Office of the Special Project Facilitator, ADB); ;
    Abstract: After a full-scale review of the Accountability Mechanism that was concluded in February 2012, the new Accountability Mechanism became effective on 24 May 2012. It has resulted in clearer and closer collaboration between the functions of problem solving—handled by the Office of the Special Project Facilitator (OSPF)—and those of compliance review by the Compliance Review Panel. The policy now clearly de nes the responsibilities of OSPF and those of the Office of the Compliance Review Panel (OCRP) as well as the oversight function of the Board on compliance review. The newly created position of the complaint receiving o cer is a single entry point for complaints and directs them to OSPF, OCRP, or other o ces in ADB. These changes make the Mechanism more credible, e cient, and e ective in addressing the concerns of people a ected by ADB projects.
    Keywords: asian development bank, adb, accountability mechanism, complaints, concerns, special project facilitator, ospf, compliance review panel, ocrp, supervision, audit, quality control, compliance review
    Date: 2013–04
  9. By: Asian Development Bank (ADB); (Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB); ;
    Abstract: The Saemaul Undong movement was a community-driven development program of the Republic of Korea in the 1970s. The movement contributed to improved community wellbeing in rural communities through agricultural production, household income, village life, communal empowerment and regeneration, and women’s participation.This report examines the strengths and weaknesses of the movement along with contributing factors, including institutional arrangements, leadership influence, gender consideration, ideological guidance, and financing. It also reviews existing studies and government data on the movement, and presents excerpts from interviews with key persons engaged in the movement and useful lessons for implementing community-driven development initiatives in developing countries.
    Keywords: adb, asian development bank, asdb, asia, pacific, poverty asia, community development, community services, community driven development, poverty reduction projects, community empowerment, community empowerment activity cycle, common service facilities, adb projects, republic of korea, korea
    Date: 2012–06
  10. By: Asian Development Bank (ADB); (Regional and Sustainable Development Department, ADB); ;
    Abstract: Civil society organizations, including nongovernment organizations (NGOs), are important stakeholders of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The ADB Cooperation with Civil Society Annual Report 2010 presents an overview of the year’s work in cooperating with civil society organizations, including NGOs, in country and regional programming work, project operations, as well as in policy and strategy development. Through ADB’s NGO and Civil Society Center, ADB is strengthening its partnership with civil society to further increase its contribution to development effectiveness.
    Keywords: adb, asian development bank, asdb, asia, pacific, poverty asia, non government organizations, ngos, civil society, civil society organizations, csos, people's organizations, annual reports, adb operations, adb projects
    Date: 2012–04
  11. By: Asian Development Bank (ADB); (Office of Anticorruption and Integrity, ADB); ;
    Abstract: In 2012, the Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) responded to allegations of fraud and corruption; proactively reviewed projects of the Asian Development Bank (ADB); provided integrity due diligence support; and informed and empowered staff, civil society, and the private sector with tools to fight fraud and corruption. This publication highlights OAI’s efforts in 2012 to ensure that ADB’s development funds are used with regard to value for money for their intended purposes, and not usurped through fraudulent or corrupt practices.
    Keywords: oai, anticorruption, fraud, investigations, human resources, adb staff, staff misconduct, fabrications, integrity violations, unethical conduct, good governance, transparency, complaints, audit committee, investigation procedures, adb projects, oai accomplishments
    Date: 2013–03

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