Project Delivery in Africa


Book Title:  Achieving Successful and Sustainable Project Delivery in Africa
Author:  Dr. Okoro Chima Okereke
Publisher:  Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Productivity Press
List Price:  $79.95
Format:  Hardcover, 274 Pages
Publication Date:  April 2020
ISBN: 9780367437626
Reviewer:  Allan Langat, PMP
Review Date:  December 2020




A short list of data and observations around failed and abandoned projects in some African countries are given at the outset. In one country, audits reveal that 11,886 of government project failed in a period of 40 years translating to about 300 failed projects per year. In another country a director general of a government procurement unit stated that there were 19,900 government projects in various stages of abandonment. In a third country, on 30 December 2011 citizens of a large African city were shocked when the government announced the failure and abandonment of a 10 million housing project between the government and a foreign company.

The statistics around the success rate of projects are generally grim and the book goes into extensive detail on what these failures are, how they happened and what project management gaps caused them. Public enterprise projects affected generally had a common problem of poor project implementation without any forecast of income generation capability of the project deliverables. Important definitions are also covered for example successful projects are those that are completed within expected time and budget thereby producing expected deliverables.

Sustainable project delivery is the planning, monitoring and controlling of project delivery such that it considers and maintains the support processes and deliverables for the planned lifecycle of the project and perhaps the most prominent word in the publication being corruption which is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This comes out as a rampant factor or contributor of project failure.

The author’s main objective for this book is to help prepare African public and private companies to conduct their project effectively and efficiently so that they will be successful in producing deliverables which are sustainable and can operate profitably throughout their planned lifetime. Specifically, goals identified for the publication are listed as below


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How to cite this book review: Langat, A. (2021). Achieving Successful and Sustainable Project Delivery in Africa, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue I, January. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/pmwj101-Jan2021-Langat-successful-sustainable-project-delivery-in-Africa-Book-Review.pdf



About the Reviewer

Allan Langat, PMP

North Texas, USA



Allan Langat is a Technical project manager with 10 + years’ experience in software implementations, sql data integrations and financial CRM systems in the research sales and trading space. He is PMP certified and an Oracle Certified Associate professional. Allan enjoys working with technical and non technical teams to translate user requirements into technical artifacts for development and vice versa.

He can be reached on email at allan.langat@gmail.com and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/allanlangat


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