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Survey: A Pan-African study in Project Management

Thursday, 30 March 2017  
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PMSA supports studies that offer greater insight into the African experience in terms of project management. As such, we are assisting PM practitioner Teri Okoro to gather data about PM practices and case studies across the continent. We will benefit from these insights by being able to compare trends and enhance our body of 'local' knowledge. We invite our stakeholders to read the content below and take a few minutes to respond.

A Pan-African Study in Project Management

With its accelerating and youthful population, burgeoning middle classes, rapid urbanisation and growing economies, Africa’s compelling potential cannot be ignored.

The scale of infrastructure investment required in the region is substantial. At the Johannesburg Summit last month, RICS President and Head of Infrastructure UK Amanda Clack FRICS highlighted that "absolute certainty around regulations and project management" were key to attracting investment for mega scale infrastructure.

Beyond infrastructure, there is also demand for buildings — residential, retail and related logistics, commercial, hospitality etc — to be developed and subsequently managed and maintained. Indications are that less than a third of what is required currently exists.

Surveying the future

The RICS Futures report and #surveyingthefuture campaign highlighted challenges around skills shortages within the sector. The solution seeks to increase the talent pool through targeting a more diverse profile of entrants. It is important to note that diversity is broader than just gender and also includes educational and social background as well as culture, age and previous experience etc.

However, diversity data in Africa is patchy at best. As such, the first recently launched P3M Africa Survey aims to map the skilled and diverse talent delivering projects, programmes and portfolios in Africa (including those located externally). In addition to vital data, it will also provide insight into the numerous challenges within the industry.

We invite you to follow the link below and participate in the survey:

Survey: A Pan-African Study in Project Management

Please note that the survey is anonymous and is open to all project practitioners not only PMSA members.

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