46. Project Cycle Management

Points 15 Questions 15


Learning outcome

After reading the Project Cycle Management Handbook, you will gather more information regarding the six phases of the cycle (in alphabetical order): Appraisal, Evaluation, Financing, Identification, Implementation, and Programming. Amongst others you will know the expected outcomes and major tasks of the 6 phases.


In the field of Humanitarian Action a well know part of management activities will be to setup plans to solve the direct short term needs in combination with a focus as well on the long term effects of these plans. For this field this has been worked out under the umbrella of Project Cycle management and a lot of knowledge is available fort his on the Internet. See for example the work of the EU: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/aid-delivery-methods-project-cycle-management-guidelines-vol-1_en.

It is good to start reading in the manual on this way of thinking. In a next step it becomes interesting to look at related sites of for example of ECHO http://ec.europa.eu/echo/. But there is much more on the WEB.


Project management is a cyclical process with overlapping stages feeding back and forth in the course of project completion. The complex task of managing projects is frequently tackled with the aid of the project management cycle (PMC), which is also used as the basis for programs carried out by several non-profit organizations. It is a tool that help Humanitarian Aid workers in structuring their thinking on how to offer support in such a way and during the process to  monitor the work in progress and afterwards it offers the opportunity to evaluate the work done.


In the context of management the project cycle management field is a combination of structuring the thinking of “What can be done”, “How the situation can be described” and “How the people in the situation can be involved in the plans of what to do”.

Helping question:  Please go back to the manual and try to find in the manual where you can find these three elements.

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Question 11 pts

What is the correct route of the Project Cycle?

Question 21 pts

Within all EC programmes the cycle shares three common themes. One of these themes is covered by the need to define at each phase. What needs to be defined at each phase?

Question 31 pts

Project Cycle Management defines different phases in the project life with planning, managing and evaluating activities, using tools to enhance participation and transparency and to improve orientation towards objectives. Is this definition correct?

Question 41 pts

Which two items are combined in the integrated approach?

Question 51 pts

In the Project Cycle Management Handbook, several questions to measure the quality criteria for Assessments of Project Ideas are discussed. Which of the following questions does not measure the quality criteria?

Question 61 pts

During which phase is the situation at national and sectorial level analyzed in order to identify problems, constraints and opportunities which co-operation could address?

Question 71 pts

In one of the phases of the Project Cycle the stress is on analyzing the relevance of project ideas. Which analysis/analyses is/are included in this phase?

Question 81 pts

Which decision, taken by the EC and the partner country, is not an expected outcome of the Identification phase?

Question 91 pts

During which phase are the details of the project defined?

Question 101 pts

What is not part of the things that should be outlined at the End of Identification?

Question 111 pts

What is not included in the format for a Financing Proposal?

Question 121 pts

Which statement(s) is/are correct regarding the expected outcomes of the Implementation phase? 1. Successful project meeting its Purpose and contributing to its Overall Objectives. 2. Evidence that means allocated have been used in an efficient, effective and transparent way.

Question 131 pts

Of which periods does the implementation phase consist?

Question 141 pts

Evaluation is an assessment as systematic and objective as possible, of an ongoing or completed project, programme or policy, its design, implementation and results. Is the above definition correct?

Question 151 pts

What is not a correct setting for evaluation?

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