nep-ppm New Economics Papers
on Project, Program and Portfolio Management
Issue of 2015‒05‒30
six papers chosen by
Arvi Kuura
Tartu Ülikool

  1. Una proposta di metodo per misurare la performance di progetti sociali complessi By Daniele Checchi; Claudio Gianesin; Samuele Poy
  2. Buone pratiche nei progetti sulla coesione sociale: alcune riflessioni a partire da un caso studio By Daniele Checchi; Claudio Gianesin; Samuele Poy
  3. The network at work: Diffusion of banana cultivation in Tanzania By Anna Folke Larsen
  4. Tenant Futures: External Evaluation of the National Communities Resource Centre's Tenant Training Programme By Eileen Herden
  5. Tracking Under-Reported Financial Flows: China’s Development Finance and the Aid-Conflict Nexus Revisited By Austin M. Strange; Bradley Parks; Michael J. Tierney; Andreas Fuchs; Axel Dreher
  6. Transport infrastructure and welfare : an application to Nigeria By Ali,Rubaba; Barra,Alvaro Federico; Berg,Claudia N.; Damania,Richard; Nash,John D.; Russ,Jason Daniel

  1. By: Daniele Checchi; Claudio Gianesin; Samuele Poy
    Abstract: L'articolo presenta le modalità per la costruzione di un indicatore utile a rilevare la performance delle progettazioni sociali. Lo strumento è presentato in relazione all'analisi degli interventi attuati a seguito di un bando promosso dalla Fondazione Cariplo di Milano nel 2008, indirizzato alla promozione della coesione e dell'innovazione sociale nelle comunità territoriali. L'indicatore proposto, di tipo qualitativo, non ha l'ambizione di accertare relazioni di tipo causale tra l'implementazione delle progettazioni sociali e gli effetti prodotti. La sua utilità è, piuttosto, quella di fornire uno strumento di facile utilizzabilità per misurare la capacità dei progetti sociali di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati.
    Keywords: Performance Indicators, Social Cohesion, Social Innovation, Social Projects, Banking Foundations
    Date: 2015–05
  2. By: Daniele Checchi; Claudio Gianesin; Samuele Poy
    Abstract: progetti sociali hanno spesso l'obiettivo di sviluppare la coesione e l'innovazione sociale nelle comunità locali. Le attività implementate in questo ambito sono particolarmente eterogene per modalità di realizzazione e per risultati ottenuti. A partire dall'esperienza di un bando sul tema della coesione sociale lanciato nel 2008 e terminato nel 2013 dalla Fondazione Cariplo di Milano, finanziando 13 progetti in altrettanti comunità locali, l'articolo discute le "buone pratiche" emergenti dallo studio di caso. L'articolo discute anche di alcuni tratti salienti, riscontrati trasversalmente tra diversi interventi, che appaiono rilevanti per il buon esito degli stessi nel raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati. Seppur le conclusioni non possano essere, evidentemente, generalizzabili, esse forniscono diverse indicazioni utili alle istituzioni pubbliche, alle Fondazioni e agli enti impegnati con azioni su questo tema.
    Keywords: Social Cohesion, Social Innovation, Social Projects, Banking Foundations
    Date: 2015–05
  3. By: Anna Folke Larsen (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)
    Abstract: This paper investigates the role of networks for diffusion of improved banana cultivation introduced by an agricultural project in Tanzania. In the existing literature on networks and technology adoption, network effects are interpreted as learning. I show that a farmer's network can affect the adoption of a new crop not only through social learning, but also by providing necessary inputs for adoption. I set up a simple model for adoption and derive similar model implications for the provision of either inputs or information through the network. Empirically, I find that a farmer is 37 percentage points more likely to adopt banana cultivation if there is at least one project participant growing bananas in the farmer's network. I use three falsication tests to support causal interpretation of the network effect on adoption. Provision of inputs (banana seedlings) through networks is found to play an important role for the network effects found.
    Keywords: Technology adoption, networks, agriculture, Tanzania, Africa
    JEL: D83 O13 O33 Q12 Q16
    Date: 2015–05–25
  4. By: Eileen Herden
    Abstract: This is the final evaluation of the Tenant Futures training programme, developed and run by the National Communities Resource Centre at Trafford Hall and funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government. The evaluation is the result of an intensive study into community outcomes and impacts, based on feedback from tenant course participants, tenant grant recipients, social landlords, and contracted programme training staff. The analysis is based on 1241 individual participant evaluations, 73 in-depth interviews with tenants, social landlords and trainers, three site visits and five in-depth social impact case studies. The evidence illuminates the impressive level of community activity and personal development the training programme is achieving; and how the impacts are spreading from participants, through action plans, grants and follow-up training, into the wider community.
    Keywords: tenants, housing, evaluation
    Date: 2013–08
  5. By: Austin M. Strange (Harvard University); Bradley Parks (College of William and Mary); Michael J. Tierney (College of William and Mary); Andreas Fuchs (University of Heidelberg); Axel Dreher (University of Heidelberg)
    Abstract: China’s provision of development finance to other countries is sizable but reliable information is scarce. We introduce a new open source methodology for collecting project-level development finance information and create a database of Chinese official finance to Africa from 2000-2011. We find that China’s commitments amounted to approximately US$ 73 billion, of which US$ 15 billion are comparable to Official Development Assistance following OECD definitions. We provide details on 1,511 projects to 50 African countries. We use this database to extend previous research on aid and conflict, which suffers from omitted variable bias due to the exclusion of Chinese development finance. Our results show that sudden withdrawals of “traditional” aid no longer induce conflict in the presence of sufficient alternative funding from China. Our findings highlight the importance of gathering more complete data on the development activities of “non-traditional donors” to better understand the link between aid and conflict.
    Keywords: Development Finance; Foreign Aid; Non-DAC Donors; South-South Cooperation; China; Africa; Aid Shocks; Violent Armed Conflict; Civil War; Intrastate War
    JEL: F35 F51 D74
    Date: 2015–05–27
  6. By: Ali,Rubaba; Barra,Alvaro Federico; Berg,Claudia N.; Damania,Richard; Nash,John D.; Russ,Jason Daniel
    Abstract: Transport infrastructure is deemed to be central to development and consumes a large fraction of the development assistance envelope. Yet there is debate about the economic impact of road projects. This paper proposes an approach to assess the differential development impacts of alternative road construction and prioritize various proposals, using Nigeria as a case study. Recognizing that there is no perfect measure of economic well-being, a variety of outcome metrics are used, including crop revenue, livestock revenue, non-agricultural income, the probability of being multi-dimensionally poor, and local gross domestic product for Nigeria. Although the measure of transport is the most accurate possible, it is still endogenous because of the nonrandom placement of road infrastructure. This endogeneity is addressed using a seemingly novel instrumental variable termed the natural path: the time it would take to walk along the most logical route connecting two points without taking into account other, bias-causing economic benefits. Further, the analysis considers the potential endogeneity from nonrandom placement of households and markets through carefully chosen control variables. It finds that reducing transportation costs in Nigeria will increase crop revenue, non-agricultural income, the wealth index, and local gross domestic product. Livestock sales increase as well, although this finding is less robust. The probability of being multi-dimensionally poor will decrease. The results also cast light on income diversification and structural changes that may arise. These findings are robust to relaxing the exclusion restriction. The paper also demonstrates how to prioritize alternative road programs by comparing the expected development impacts of alternative New Partnership for Africa's Development projects.
    Keywords: Economic Theory&Research,Roads and Highways Performance,Rural Roads&Transport,Transport Economics Policy&Planning,Banks&Banking Reform
    Date: 2015–05–18

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