Project Cycle Management Toolkit - Local Livelihoods - (2001)
This guide provides another perspective on the feasibility of implementing Project Cycle Management, or PCM. It breaks the PCM process into six stages, and clearly explains how they should each be conducted, though they acknowledge that local and cultural considerations will vary wildly between places that Project Cycle Management is implemented. Unlike VIDES' guide, though, the Local Livelihoods organization is clearly more of a believer in the system, as they enthusiastically support it. As they say:
"It builds a shared and concise picture of what a project will do to overcome a specific problem. It does this by breaking down the components of regeneration into manageable sized chunks. PCM divides the ‘project cycle’ into six stages in the life of a project: the cycle starts with the policy objectives and sectoral area covered and moves to identification of a problem to be addressed, develops the idea to solve the problem into a working plan that can be implemented and, on completion, evaluated. PCM provides the context in which project decisions are made and activities managed: it maintains the critical linkage between one stage and the next. As a common methodology PCM also provides the basis for a partnership framework when more than one agency is engaged in planning or managing projects."