Designing and implementing a distance programme for project managers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda

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  • Authors:
  • Lujia Feng
  • Derek Eldridge
  • David Smith
  • Sheila Vaughan


The article describes an innovative distance learning programme, entitled Transformation in the Workplace, developed at the University of Manchester (UK) in response to an international donor’s request to improve project outcomes in its partner agencies in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. The focus was on improving the skills of personnel working directly with poor communities across a range of project areas in order to provide more effective outcomes, to encourage sustainable processes of improvement through individual and group learning and to positively impact on the planning and implementation capacities of the agencies concerned. It was envisaged that radical changes were needed in the conventional top down styles of project management to encompass an approach driven by self-organised learning and systems thinking, which have influenced the Programme design to create a collaborative learning culture and assessment activities which are entirely based on the actual work responsibilities of the participants. Reference is made to an independent evaluation of the Programme’s impact which is extremely positive at community level and in terms of the professional development of participants.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-70
JournalInternational Journal of HRD Practice Policy & Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021