Financing Donor Projects: trends, challenges and opportunities

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Many developing countries have had to rely on donor support to facilitate development in their countries. In recent times Ghana has moved to a middle-income status, suggesting improvements in living conditions. This change in status may have implications on size of funding and the nature of donor support to the country. Available literature on development projects supported by donors have not always been successful. However, fewer studies have been conducted in the Ghanaian context, especially in the area of socio-economic sectors. This study examined the trends of financing by donors (precisely, Department for International Development (DFID)) and investigated challenges associated with donor funded projects in Ghana. In addition, the study uncovered other opportunities for funding development projects in Ghana. Using thematic analysis, six key challenges (themes) emerged, namely: inadequate time to implement and yield benefits of project, issues of finance, variance in realities of implementation and proposed plan, aligning donor priorities with government/NGO priorities, lack of commitment and limited capacity. Inter-donor/beneficiary coordination and sustainability planning emerged as the main themes as a strategy to improve donor funded project. The study recommended that to sustains the gains of projects it is important for donors to coordinate among themselves and embed sustainability in the design of programmes. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings have been discussed.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Kumasi in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award degree of Master of Science in Project Management,
Financing Donor Projects, Trends, Strategies, Challenges, Social Sectors, Economic Sectors., Developing Countries