n Journal of Contemporary Management - To invest or not to invest in SADC - a project management perspective

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1815-7440



Foreign direct investment is an important aspect for developing countries. The problem is that investors do not know beforehand whether these investments will provide the necessary return on investment. These investments are implemented through projects and project management principles. The question is whether project management is the vehicle to deliver these investments. This research focuses on the success rate of projects within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). A questionnaire was used to determine the success rates and project management maturity levels of projects and organisations within the SADC region. There is currently no information available regarding project success within the broader African context and specifically the SADC region as an entity. The results indicate that delivered projects are perceived as successful irrespective of the project management maturity levels. The results also indicate that project success is measured across a wide spectrum of criteria. This research adds to the current body of knowledge regarding project success and gives a much needed African perspective. In practice the implication is that investors can feel comfortable that the project management discipline will deliver the benefits.

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