Project management needs (in) Africa
Africa is a continent that is increasingly engaging in project management.Yet, a recent concept note for the Pan-African Project Management Conference that will be organised in Yaoundé in November 2016 underlines, the technological gap of Africa in project management is not only existing but it can be assessed using four activity indicators: 1.The participation of African countries in ISO committees, 2. The number of PMI chapters in Africa, 3. The number of IPMA member associations in Africa, 4. The number of universities and higher institutes whose training programmes are accredited.
The African Union has 54 members and the mission of the Pan-African Project management conference (PMC) aims to gradually fill the technological gap of Africa in project management. Its vision is to become a model of knowledge and competence transfer in Africa by 2020.
The general objective of the first edition of the Pan-African PMC is to give a strong impetus to the awareness of the African community on the key role of project management methods and competences in the transformation of the African economy.
In addition to the participation of standard bodies and international professional organisations offering certification programmes for individual and organisations, delegates from the following continental pan-African organisations will be expected: The African Union Commission, the NEPAD planning and co-ordination Agency, the African Development Bank, The African Academy of Sciences, the African Organisation for Standardization, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) and the East African Development Bank, just to name some of them.
In this context Algerian Project Management Association (IPMA’s 63rd member association) recently signed an agreement with the Institut Supérieur de Gestion et de Planification (ISGP) founded in 1984 in Algiers, a well-known Algerian government management Institute. In April 2016, a Master in project management started at ISGP for senior managers from the private and public sector with a curricula of 30 hours of training per month during one year.
After a meeting between IPMA, APMA and the director of ISGP end of May in Algiers to introduce the IPMA international competence baseline, it became clear how important the need and the will to share project management knowledge and competence in the largest African country is.
The director of ISGP mentioned that IPMA has four members associations in the four strongest African economies. He encourages the increase of visibility of the PM profession in the country and in Africa through the links ISGP has with other African countries. This and many other indicators clearly show that project management needs Africa and Africa needs project management. The role of IPMA in this context will be clarified through its Africa strategy presently under elaboration as part of the realisation of IPMA 2020 strategy and its membership development.