Project cycle management


During the training course on Project cycle management, young people acquire particular knowledge and experience about defining, developing, implementing and evaluating projects.


The target group comprises young people, 15 to 30 years of age, who get a chance to learn what a successful project is, how to write and implement it.


The workshop guides the participants through the project cycle and it ends with practical advice on donors’ requirements and details that ask for attention. It enables the participants to realise the significance of the project planning process and its cycle, and to understand the importance of group work upon coming up with a project idea. Numerous practical exercises, familiar examples and theoretical insights facilitate the participants to lay the foundations for proceeding with (self-)training but also for undertaking independent work on the topic in question. This training course topic prompts the participants to think about a project as the opportunity for accomplishing their goals and pursuing their organisation’s mission.


The emphasis of the entire training concept is based on the process of developing a (preliminary) project, upon being guided through all of its phases:
1) research on a target group’s problems and needs,
2) project planning,
3) defining issues and needs to be addressed by means of a specific project,
4) determining desired outcomes and success indicators,
5) defining activities according to a project related objectives and results,
6) identifying assumptions and risks, as well as planning considerations to avoid risks.

All project proposal development phases are closely related to a logical framework which is used by many donors and which is recommended to be used by the participants, regardless of the fact that many donors do not even require it.


The Unit objectives are:
1. introduce young people to the definition of a project proposal,
2. prompt young people to develop projects for their respective organisation in accordance with its target group’s needs,
3. train the participants to lead the process of making simple project proposals,
4. young people will share their knowledge and experience concerning important concepts such as project, manager and project cycle management,
5. master and adopt mutually developed definitions of the aforementioned concepts.


Young people who have successfully undertaken the workshops on Project cycle management know what it means to be a good project manager, and how to present and organise their activities in the form of a project. During the workshop, they learn about different approaches to writing projects and about the methodology for teaching them how to fill out any application form. Moreover, they convey their knowledge to other young people.


The methodology incorporates group work performed in smaller or larger groups, plenary discussions, audiovisual presentations, simulations of real-life situations, and various creative workshops that promote an active acquisition of knowledge. The methodology is also aligned with the principles laid down by the Project Management Institute (PMI,


Young people have to develop and write a project that will be implemented as part of a local civic initiative, and consequently solve the problem of young people in the local community. The task requires the usage of knowledge and skills acquired during various training courses (teamwork, public relations, etc.).


The approach that will provide the participants with clear guidelines they need to independently write and implement a small project (local civic initiatives). It is recommended to ensure a small grant for the implementation of a local civic initiative.


2 days, 9 hours, 6 units (1.5 hours each)



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