Please provide examples of successful remote management of projects in fragile state settings. In particular we are interested in who undertook the remote management, the results and lessons learned.
- The use of remote management in development cooperation has increased
significantly in recent years, with projects in many locations
including: Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria,
Angola, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Chechnya, and Pakistan;
- Remote management is generally considered a temporary measure which
should be used only as a last resort;
- However, as security risks have remained high in certain countries,
remote management has become a standard and semi-permanent approach;
- There are different forms and degrees of remote management of projects
which entail different configurations of decision making and
- Key factors that can foster success in remote management projects
include: acceptance of activities by local communities; effective
staff recruitment, training and retention; flexibility in programming
and budgeting; proximity to beneficiaries; visibility; mobility; and
effective preparation for fast changing environments;
- The majority of the literature reviewed expressed serious reservations
about the remote management approach, supporting the overarching
principle that this is an approach which should be temporary and a
last choice resort;
- Some literature recognises the benefits of a remote management
approach in terms of training local staff, improving the understanding
of local contexts and needs, and improving local accountability.
Herbert, S. Remote management of projects in fragile states (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 908). Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2013) 9 pp.