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Improving Programme Risk Management Practice in Southern Africa

Emmanuel Mulambya
Hermien Zaaiman


Large southern African project-based programmes and region-specific implementation challenges require region-specific guidance to optimise programme success. Using an online survey, this mixed method study first quantitatively identified priority programme risk management challenges. The survey data indicated inadequate programme risk management skills as a critical regional challenge. As these skills systemically encompass other identified challenges, the subsequent study phase used a skills-based literature review and interviews with experienced programme risk management practitioners to explore skills improvement. This analysis produced a framework comprising structural, technical and personal enablers of programme risk management skills. The study adds both practical value and insight to an under-explored area critical to the southern African development agenda. It could be replicated in other similar regions, thereby adding value to the existing programme management knowledge base.

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eISSN: 1995-641X
print ISSN: 0256-2804