April 2012|Bruno Versailles|Country Learning Notes,

Summary

  • The establishment of Single Project Implementation Units (SPIU) allows for the grouping of all the different project implementation units within a ministry under one single umbrella. This helps to better coordinate work, retain staff expertise and reduce duplication of work.
  • The success of an SPIU is dependant on the involvement of senior government officials, managerial expertise within the unit, and willingness of development partners to use the SPIU structure.
  • The Ministry of Health has exemplified good practice through the management of several Global Fund projects in the SPIU structure. The ministry is now moving projects funded by other development partners under the same SPIU.
  • Establishing of SPIUs is not a ‘quick win’. They require highly qualified project management staff to implement successfully and there is often a lengthy period of transition as individual project implementation units are phased out and new SPIUs are tested.

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