2017 IRNOP Doctoral Workshop at Boston University



Doctoral students of program and project management invited to present and discuss their research

6 December 2016 – Boston, MA, USA – During 11-14 June 2017, the bi-annual IRNOP conference will be hosted by Metropolitan College, a multi-disciplinary school within Boston University (BU) in the United States. Metropolitan College is globally recognized for the excellence and academic rigor of its project management programs, and for its pioneering stance in the development of online education.

IRNOP, the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects, is the world’s largest network of academic researchers in the program and project management field. In keeping with its vibrant international spirit, the bi-annual IRNOP conference has been held in 12 cities across the globe since it began. This will be the first time that the IRNOP conference has been held in the USA.

160923-pmwj51-irnop-bu-logoA “Call for Papers” was issued in October for the INOP 2017 research conference, the largest of its kind in the world. To see the Call for Papers, click here.

2017 IRNOP Doctoral Workshop

Now IRNOP 2017 invites submissions from doctoral students in project management or a related discipline to attend a Doctoral Workshop on Sunday, 11 June 2017. As with previous IRNOP workshops you will have an opportunity to discuss your Doctoral research and thesis. You will also receive mentoring and advice from an international panel of distinguished project management researchers

The two criteria for acceptance are:

  • Students must be enrolled in a doctoral program and must express interest via the process described below.
  • Students must be registered and pay the discounted IRNOP student fee of $225.

To be considered for this workshop, students must submit an abstract outlining their doctoral research, indicating the stage of their research. It will be useful to also document challenges you are facing, if any, and what advice or opportunity you are seeking. We may break out the discussions into separate groups where students will have an opportunity to present their research.

Doctoral Workshop Submission Process

Abstracts of 750 words must be submitted through [email protected]with subject header: Doctoral Workshop Abstract.  Include a brief overview of the nature of the research problem, methodology/method, theoretical framework, and explain how you would benefit from the workshop.  We encourage you to include a brief bibliography. This would not count towards the 750-word limit.

IRNOP 2017 theme

The theme of the 2017 IRNOP conference is The Modern Project: Mindsets, Toolsets, and Theoretical Frameworks. Project management is evolving, and over the last two decades it has shifted from a set of tools that could assist in the execution of actions, to a more complex and dynamic set of process-based and behaviorally-based activities, underpinned by a growing and significant body of research. The modern understanding of the project domain embraces complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty in turbulent environments, and has moved towards an alignment with broader academic concepts, including complex adaptive systems, operations management, improvisational working practices, and evidence-based management. For more about the conference, visit the IRNOP 2017 website at http://irnopboston.org/ or contact [email protected]


The International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP) was founded in 1993 as a community of scholars and practitioners with a common passion for projects and project organizing in temporary organizations. The IRNOP network includes members from all over the world, with cross-disciplinary backgrounds in business, economics, engineering and management. The network prides itself on its independence – avoiding any central administration – and aims to share local project initiatives and innovations on an international platform. For more about IRNOP, visit http://www.irnop.org/



U.S. Senate approves Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act



Legislation to improve program management practices and bolster workforce development in U.S. government agencies now heads to President Obama for signature.

1 December 2016 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that the U.S. Senate unanimously re-approved S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA) on Wednesday, 30 November 2016. This legislation is intended to enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government. The legislation, strongly endorsed by PMI, has now cleared both chambers of Congress with bi-partisan support and will go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

161201-pmwj53-pmiaa-imageThis action, which occurred yesterday evening, marks the second time the Senate has unanimously approved this legislation. A previously-passed version of the bill cleared the House of Representatives on 22 September 2016 with minor modifications. The revised legislation was then sent back to the Senate for final approval

According to PMI, the PMIAA reforms federal program management policy in four important ways:

  1. Creating a formal job series and career path for program managers in the federal government.
  2. Developing a standards-based program management policy across the federal government.
  3. Recognizing the essential role of executive sponsorship and engagement by designating a senior executive in federal agencies to be responsible for program management policy and strategy.
  4. Sharing knowledge of successful approaches to program management through an interagency council on program management.

“This critical legislation will help maximize efficiency within the U.S. federal government, thereby generating more successful program outcomes and increasing the value that Americans receive for their tax dollars,” said PMI President and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Langley. “We are pleased this landmark bill has passed the U.S. Senate again, and we would like to thank Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa and Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota for their leadership in advancing this bipartisan, bicameral legislation. We look forward to having this bill signed into law by President Barack Obama in the coming days.”

The reforms outlined in the PMIAA are consistent with PMI member input and research that shows that organizations that invest in program management talent and standards improve outcomes, accountability and efficiency. The findings demonstrated by PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® report also indicate that standardized approaches, engaged executive sponsors and certified professionals are fundamental building blocks to all organizations achieving their highest levels of performance. Improving program management leads to benefits such as increased collaboration, improved decision making and reduced risk.

PMI’s report also uncovered that only 64 percent of government strategic initiatives ever meet their goals and business intent — and that government entities waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs. The research also shows that these best practices result in improved efficiency and less money being wasted. Most importantly, organizations see more projects delivering expected value to stakeholders on time and within budget.

To read the full Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act as passed by the U.S. Senate, click here.

Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute

Editor’s note: This new legislation can provide a model for other governments around the world for improving program management within national government agencies and departments. The combination of this new policy direction in the U.S. government, coupled with the UK’s approach to major project oversight, can offer a useful model for other countries to improve the management of publicly funded programs and projects.



Wideman Project Management Website updates announced for December 2016



30 November 2016 – Ontario, Canada – Max Wideman has announced updates to his popular project management website, www.maxwideman.com. According to Max:

141031-pmwl-wideman-MAXThis month we have reviewed a great book: Procuring Successful Mega-Projects by Louise Hart, and how to arrange major government contracts without ending up in court. You will find it in Papers. This book is remarkably easy to read and provides invaluable advice for procurement in any major project.

We’ve also added a case study in Papers that describes the Olympic Village Project Fiasco. This project was successful in its first assignment but finally ended up losing a lot of money. An interesting study in political interference with a lot of valuable lessons!

If you are looking for answers, guidelines or templates, check out Max’s Issacons – “Issues and Considerations” – that are presented in bullet form for quick and easy reference by project managers.

Have you seen Max’s book A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration? For information or to order a copy, visit http://www.maxwideman.com/papers/framework_book/intro.htm. Do you have a project management question? Find the answer at: http://www.maxwideman.com/.

Max Wideman is one of the world’s best-known project management authorities. An engineer and professional project manager, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects, as well as design and engineering projects. He is a Fellow of the Project Management Institute, of which he is past president and chairman and for which he led the development of the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. His personal web site at http://www.maxwideman.com/ is a source of superior project management knowledge and information. It is free to the public.



Keynote Speakers for 2017 University of Maryland Project Management Conference Announced



Two-Day Symposium to feature Speakers from the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, U.S. Census Bureau, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and More

29 November 2016 – College Park, Md. USA – The University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence has announced that five in-demand keynote speakers will headline its fourth annual Project Management Symposium, taking place May 4-5, 2017 at the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md.

Jeff Gravatte of CADD Microsystems, Lisa Blumerman of the U.S. Census Bureau, Patricia Carper of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Dr. Karl Wunderlich of Noblis, and Stephen A. Shinn of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will provide symposium participants with a big-picture view of how project managers play an integral role in government, industry, and academe.


To kick things off on May 4th, Gravatte will pull from experience as the CEO and Owner of CADD Microsystems during his presentation, “Technology Trends Affecting Project Management in Building Design and Construction.” With CADD Microsystems, Gravette maintains a focus on the business aspects of applying design technology. He works with architects, engineers, contractors and building owners to provide strategic technology planning.

During lunch, Blumerman will divulge how project management is crucial at the Census Bureau in her presentation, “Counting Our Nation: How Project Management Paves the Way.” As the Associate Director for the Decennial Census programs, she provides executive leadership for three major programs within the Census Bureau–the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Geographic Programs.

Carper will wrap up Day 1 of the Symposium with a monumental presentation titled, “MGM National Harbor Project.” As Vice President and on-site Project Executive for the MGM project for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Carper will cover the many facets of the $1.3B development in Oxon Hill, Md. slated to open in December 2016.

The next morning, Wunderlich will present, “Creating a System of Automated and Connected Vehicles,” and share his world-view on how decentralized control of the shared transportation system resource can be influenced to reduce risks and meet the demands of the emerging mobility consumer.

Rounding out the keynote presentation list, Shinn will discuss the cultural challenges project managers face when leading complex technical missions, and will share approaches to ensure success in a changing environment.  He will reveal common cultural barriers and will discuss his change initiatives at Goddard to overcome barriers and provide a process for lasting change in his presentation, “Challenges in a Changing Environment.”

Symposium attendees can customize their event experience by choosing from a dozen session tracks on topics including agile/IT, construction management (including building information modeling (BIM)), disaster management, education, federal programs, integrated program performance management, risk and big data, and technology in project management.

New this year, attendees can also participate in a people in projects track and choose from four specific focuses including, change management, conflict resolution, motivation, and negotiation. 

For those looking to maintain a PMI credential, the Project Management Symposium offers an opportunity to earn up to 13 professional development units (PDUs) in the PMI Talent Triangle.  Each speaker will specify which of the three talent triangle skills his or her presentation will address.   

With this year’s symposium projected to draw record-breaking attendance, those interested in participating are strongly encouraged to register in advance of the April 2nd early-bird deadline. For more information, or to register, visit the UMD Project Management Symposium website.  

This event is made possible, in part, by Conference Sponsor Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Gold Sponsor CADD Microsystems, track sponsors Project Management Institute (PMI) Government Relations Office and Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation (MCCEI), plus media sponsor Project Management World Journal.

The University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Project Management Center for Excellence’s mission is to provide high quality, challenging education in project management that encompasses breadth and depth, preparing graduates to be proficient as both contributing members of project teams and excellent project managers, to maintain a strong research program recognized for excellence in project management, and to provide project management training and development service to the University, the profession, and the community at large. Our academic program was the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center, and the center is also designated by PMI as a “Global Registered Educational Provider.” Visit www.pm.umd.edu.

Source: University of Maryland Project Management Center for Excellence



Marina Plećaš in Croatia completes research internship for PM World Library



Recent master’s level graduate from the University of Zagreb completes research internship for PM World Library

27 November 2016 – Dallas, TX, USA and Zagreb, Croatia – PM World has announced that Ms Marina Plećaš has completed her project management research internship for the PM World Library (PMWL).  Marina began her internship in late February and completed the program on 31 October 2016.  See her intern profile and research results at http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/marina-plecas/.

160202-marina-plecas-150xMarina Plećaš has recently received her Master’s degree in Building Information Modeling (BIM) at the Faculty of Civil Engineering (University of Zagreb) in Zagreb, Croatia. Her major fields of study were BIM, project management and risk management. Marina also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Risk Management in Construction Projects. She is a member of IPMA Young Crew and Croatian Association for Construction Management.

The PMWL project management research program offers project management students the opportunity to conduct research and identify new resources for the library in exchange for recognition, visibility, five years of free access to the library, and introductions to others around the world.  To learn more about this program and the dynamic students who are participating, go to http://pmworldjournal.net/university-interns/

According to David Pells, PMWL managing director, “Marina was an outstanding research intern.  Based on her graduate studies, she identified and provided resources for the library related to building information modeling, known as BIM, including guides, templates and other information.  BIM is one of the newest technologies with tremendous implications for projects and project management in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.  ”

Marina stated, “I found the internship experience with PM World Library very useful, and it was fun to provide information and resources related to BIM, one of my major subjects in graduate school.  I was also happy to complete the program, since I have now graduated and started working full time.”

Pells added, “Ms. Plećaš came to us through Professor Mladen Vukomanović at the University of Zagreb.  Dr. Vukomanović leads the BIM program at the university, is actively involved with project management and local IPMA activities, and has become a strong supporter of the PM World Library.”

In addition to visibility and credit for their contributions, interns receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation on successful completion. To learn more, go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/students/ and scroll down to internships. Interested students, professors or university representatives can contact [email protected].

In addition to the research internships, all students can receive two years of free PMWL membership.  Go to http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/ or contact [email protected]

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in programme and project management (P/PM).  The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World, which also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a global resource for sharing P/PM knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.



Venture capital available for space-based projects in Europe



22 November 2016 – Paris, France – The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that the Seraphim Space Fund of venture capital, currently worth £50 million, is set to boost European small, medium and start-up companies developing space-based applications, services and technologies. The news was announced in an ESA news release today.

The fund offers a springboard for all space technology, emerging products, applications and associated services that have been developed with ESA’s help. This includes software, hardware and integrated solutions for companies that use satellite data for a wide range of applications such as intelligent transport and smart cities, through to sectors including insurance, maritime, agriculture and oil and gas.

The fund fits well with projects that have originated under ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme, but is also open to all developments that have been supported by ESA, including ESA-incubated companies. Seraphim fills the funding gap that often exists when a space company or start-up first enters the market and can provide expertise and access to customers, if required.

161122-pmwj53-esa-seraphimThe fund is targeting a final value of about £80 million during the second quarter of 2017 but has already opened for business and is ready to make investments.

ESA’s Senior Advisor to the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, Amnon Ginati, who sits on the Seraphim Advisory Board, commented, “ESA’s cooperation with Seraphim Capital offers space companies, start-ups and ESA-incubated companies a new conduit to funding beyond ESA.

“The Seraphim fund tops a long list of private investors who have already committed more than Euro55 million in commercially promising companies and projects arising out of ESA programmes. ESA makes no financial contribution to the Seraphim fund. ESA’s role is to recommend suitable candidates and act as a facilitator, and these efforts are paid for by the fund.”

Mark Boggett, Managing Director at Seraphim Capital, added: “Low-cost access to space will come to define the decade ahead. We look forward to working closely with ESA and providing the next step of financing to a range of innovative businesses developed through their various programmes.”

Seraphim Capital is managed by a team of fund partners, with decades of experience investing in early stage technology businesses. The new fund focuses on space tech and the broader ‘space enabling’ ecosystem.

The space industry is undergoing unprecedented technological change and the fund’s corporate venture structure will enable investors, including large space companies, to gain insight into the next wave of emerging technologies, helping them to innovate faster and ultimately bring more value to their customers.

More information about Seraphim Capital can be found at http://seraphimcapital.co.uk/

ARTES transforms research and development investment into space technology, systems, commercial products and services that benefit our daily lives. ARTES Applications can be found at: artes-apps.esa.int, while ARTES technology and products may be found at: artes.esa.int.

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. It is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA has 20 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 18 are Member States of the EU. ESA has Cooperation Agreements with eight other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement. ESA is also working with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities. Today, it launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. For more, visit http://www.esa.int/ESA.

Source: European Space Agency



Call for Papers for PM World Journal


Original articles and papers for December and January editions sought – celebrate 2016 successes; share knowledge to start the new year

21 November 2016 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit original works for publication in the December and January editions of the PM World Journal (PMWJ).  Articles and papers are sought that describe experience, good practices, issues and solutions related to managing programs and projects in any application, industry or location.

161122-pmwj52-coverThe PMWJ has issued numerous calls for papers over the last few years, all of which remain in effect. Each edition of the PMWJ also contains a variety of content categories, including featured (research based) papers, advisory articles, commentaries, interviews, case studies, reports and book reviews. The “second editions” category provides an opportunity for republication of papers previously presented at conferences or published in a language other than English. Authors of all works published in the PMWJ receive showcase recognition.

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “We are seeking original works from authors around the world, especially in transition economies where advancing the profession really requires sharing of experience and information. Even in such basic industries as agriculture, education and healthcare, effective project management can create tremendous value. And technology projects are everywhere now. If you have knowledge to share, please send us an article or paper.”

Questions or original works can be submitted to [email protected] For author guidelines, visit http://pmworldjournal.net/authors/author-guidelines/. All works published in the PMWJ are archived in the PM World Library.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about programs, projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases for corporations, libraries and schools. To read the latest edition, go to http://www.pmworldjournal.net/.

The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.



Zimbabwe Government Commissions US$150million Victoria Falls Airport Upgrade Project



Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

21 November 2016 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe has commissioned a new look US$150 million Victoria Falls International Airport. The airport was official opened by his Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Mr Robert Mugabe on 18 November 2016. Project sponsors, the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), say the project development is expected to boost the airport’s aircraft handling capacity and tourism in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

Named after one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls, the resort town has the potential to become a commercial centre due to the anticipated increased traffic. Passenger traffic is expected to increase from the current 500 000 to about 1,8 million per year.


The airport, able to handle long-haul jets such as the Airbus A340, Boeing 777 and Boeing 747, is expected to increase efficiency in Zimbabwe’s tourism sector as well as improve the southern African nation’s image, which has had a severe bashing for the past decade or so due to socio-economic challenges.

CAAZ also took advantage of the presence of about 400 global airline executives at the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) annual general assembly which was held in Victoria Falls during the same week to market to the world the upgraded Victoria Falls International Airport.

161121-pmwj53-banda-photo2The airport, funded by a US$150 million Export-Import Bank of China loan to the Zimbabwean government, was constructed by a Chinese construction company, Jiangsu International Economic and Technical Cooperation Group.

“The airport is the gateway to the mighty Victoria Falls, a world heritage site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The New Victoria Falls International Airport’s features include: The new international terminal building, a new four-kilometre long by 60 metre wide runway, extended parking areas for aircraft, new control tower, new fire station, new road networks; a new state of the art international passenger terminal building and a refurbished domestic terminal with a capacity to handle 1,5 million passengers per annum. The apron area has a capacity to handle aircraft in the class of the B747 and equivalent,” said CAAZ.

The airport expansion project started in February 2013. The new terminal would be used for international flights while the existing terminal would be converted to domestic use.

CAAZ is already marketing the new facility to lure new airlines. “The airport has modern passenger facilities which include a compatible baggage handling system, flight information display system and common use passenger processing system. This new state-of-the-art airport will now accommodate long haul flights from around the globe, which is expected to increase the inflow of tourists into Zimbabwe,” CAAZ said

Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ – Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe) is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers, with a membership base of over 1000. The institute has a mandate of policing the elevation of project management standards nationally through mentorship and membership services programmes. For information, visit http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: [email protected]

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe



Saif Ul Amin appointed International Correspondent for PM World in Pakistan



Recent graduate from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad joins global team of correspondents for PM World Journal

18 November 2016 – Dallas, USA and Nowshera, Pakistan – PM World has announced that Mr. Saif Ul Amin has been appointed an international correspondent for PM World in Pakistan.   He will join a global network of correspondents to report on project management activities and developments in Pakistan for the PM World Journal and PM World Library.

161118-saif-ul-amin-150xSaif Ul Amin is a project management specialist and research scholar who works in the public sector of Pakistan. Saif graduated from the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan with the MS degree in Project Management. He is interested in conducting research in project performance, project human resource management, leadership style and behaviors, new technologies, project team performance, engagement and team building.

Mr. Amin lives in Nowshera, a major city on the banks of the Kabul River about 45 km east of Peshawar. Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkwa, Pakistan is known as the city of peace, knowledge and flowers. On December 15, the first phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects was opened at Hattar, with hopes that it will lead to Rs300bn of investment inflows over the next five years. But Hattar has already been an industrial area for decades and is located next to the vast Taxila industrial complex.

And so are Nowshera and D.I. Khan, where two other special economic zones (SEZs) have been proposed, says it’s CEO Mohsin M. Syed. As per details, the Hattar Phase 7 SEZ will be developed over 424 acres of land and target sectors like food, pharmaceuticals and engineering projects. Mohsin says 30 projects in Nowshera zone will be completed by the end of 2016, while the auctioning of plots will commence from March. The company estimates that the SEZ will generate 30,000 jobs. The zone will require 100MW of electricity and also need a vocation center to train 5,000 youngsters. The cost of the project is Rs2.138bn and it is expected to be fully completed by 2017.

The second SEZ will be developed over 1,000 acres along the M-1 Motorway in Nowshera near Rashakai. It aims to attract foreign investment in auto, fruit/food packaging (for export purposes) and textile value-addition (stitching/knitting) sectors. The company estimates an investment of Rs1000bn in the zone. It will provide employment to 50,000 people. The zone will need 225MW of power and vocational training centers to train 10,000 youths.

The Nowshera expansion/Jalazai Marble and Mineral Economic Zone will cover 287 acres of land and is expected to house marble-cutting and polishing industry, as well as mosaic furniture and construction material vendors. For more, visit http://www.nowshera.com/.

According to PM World Journal Managing Editor David Pells, “We have published several papers co-authored and coordinated by Mr. Amin this year through which I became familiar with his background and interest in project management. We have had numerous email exchanges during which his interest in advancing project management in his country became very clear. I am happy to welcome him to our team.”

Mr. Amin stated, “I look forward to contributing to the global project management profession through the PM World Journal and to promoting the PM World Library in Pakistan. Many of my fellow graduates and former professors will be interested in publishing their research in the journal, and I know many people here will want to visit the library. It will be good for Pakistan.”

To view papers authored or co-authored by Saif ul Amin, visit his author profile in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/saif-ul-amin/.

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world. PM World also produces the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit http://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.



Private Renewable Energy Framework for North Africa and Middle East established by EBRD and UfM



14 November 2016 – Marrakesh, Morocco – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) launched a joint programme today aimed at the development of private renewable energy markets in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. The SEMED Private Renewable Energy Framework (SPREF), a €227.5 million financing framework, was presented during the EU Energy Day at the COP22 international climate conference in Marrakesh.

The programme will help the region reduce its heavy dependence on imports of hydrocarbons. It aims to mobilise additional investment from other parties, including the Climate Investment Funds’ Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), of up to €834 million. Financing will be accompanied by targeted technical cooperation support for the implementation of renewable energy projects in the region that aim to avoid 780,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.


Photo courtesy of the EBRD

SPREF falls under the umbrella of the UfM Regional Dialogue Platform on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, launched today with the aim of promoting the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in energy generation, transmission, distribution and end use. This platform will foster sustainable socio-economic development, promote job creation, and help ensure that all consumers and industries in the region have access to secure, affordable and reliable energy services. It will also support energy efficient economies and mitigation and adaptation to climate change in Europe and the Mediterranean region.

This initiative follows the launch earlier in 2016 of the UfM Regional Electricity Market Platform and the UfM Gas Platform.

During the launch the UfM Secretary General, Fathallah Sijilmassi, commented: “These two major Mediterranean initiatives illustrate UfM’s active efforts to achieve deeper regional cooperation and economic integration incorporating a climate dimension, and based on a methodology that can turn our political mandate into concrete projects through multi-partner dialogue in the region.”

EBRD Director of Power and Energy Utilities, Nandita Parshard, said: “The EBRD has placed a priority on climate finance in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region, where we have invested in 44 green projects worth over €1 billion since 2012. Green investments account for roughly one-third of the EBRD’s total investments in the region, and we hope that will continue to grow.”

The first project under the SPREF programme is the 120 MW Khalladi windfarm near Tangiers, in Morocco, one of the first private renewable energy projects in the country. In order to encourage other private businesses to use the SPREF financing mechanism, a conference will be held tomorrow together with COP22’s Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) committee, the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency Management (AMEE) and the Confédération Générale des entreprises du Maroc (CGEM).

Today’s event was attended by high-level participants, including the EU Commissioner of Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete; the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan, Ibrahim Saif; and the Deputy Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Egypt, Osama Assran.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in Central and Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet countries. The EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies from central Europe to central Asia. Based in London, the EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD



Giant Chernobyl Arch Slides into Place



New structure shields nuclear reactor destroyed in 1986 disaster

14 November 2016 – London, UK and Kiev, Ukraine – One of the most ambitious projects in the history of engineering passed a major milestone today as the arch shielding radioactive waste caused by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power station accident has started sliding into place.

Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement (NSC) is the largest moveable land-based structure ever built, with a span of 257 metres, a length of 162 metres, a height of 108 metres and a total weight of 36,000 tonnes equipped. It will now be moved into its resting place over Chernobyl’s reactor 4 which was destroyed in the accident 30 years ago.


Photo courtesy of EBRD

The sliding is done with help of a special skidding system that consists of 224 hydraulic jacks to push the arch 60 centimetres each stroke. It is anticipated that the total skid time will be around 40 hours of operation spread over a period of up to 5 days. The NSC was constructed in a clean area near reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and will be slid over 327 metres to seal off the unit. It will make the site safe and allow for the eventual dismantling of the aging shelter currently housing the reactor and the management of the radioactive waste within the structure.

The New Safe Confinement, the giant arch built to secure Chernobyl’s damaged Reactor 4, is currently being slid into position. The record-breaking structure will secure the radioactive remains for at least a century. The EBRD manages the funding and is the biggest single donor to the project.

Ostap Semerak, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, said: “The start of the sliding of the Arch over reactor 4 at the Chernobyl NPP is the beginning of the end of a 30-year long fight with the consequences of the 1986 accident.  The credit for construction of this one-of-a-kind technological structure goes to an expert team of engineers and builders. This is a historic step towards the improvement of environmental safety throughout the world, as well as in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.  And it has only become possible thanks to immense international support.  The fact that more than 40 contributing countries and donor countries united around the goal of protecting humanity from the radioactive consequences of the tragedy is another demonstration that environmental safety remains a priority for global policymakers.  And I believe that the transformation of the exclusion zone into a safe area will demonstrate the change in Ukraine’s overall environmental policy, too.”

Igor Gramotkin, Director General of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, commented: “For us the arch is not just 36.000 tonnes of prefabricated metal. It is 36.000 tonnes of our belief in success, of trust in our site, our people and in Ukraine.”

Vince Novak, EBRD Director, Nuclear Safety, added: “This is the culmination of many years of hard work by Ukraine and the international community. The New Safe Confinement project would not have been possible without the support of the over 40 donor countries who are contributors to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund. The new structure illustrates what is possible in a spirit of determined and coordinated joint effort and thanks to the generous support of EBRD shareholders.”

Nicolas Caille, project director for Novarka – the French construction consortium formed by VINCI Construction and Bouygues Construction – said: “This is a one-of-a-kind project serving the aims of the Ukrainian authorities. We are immensely proud of what we together with our partners have achieved. The New Safe Confinement shows what is technically possible. At the same time, given the circumstances, we must all hope that never again will a similar structure have to be built on the site of a nuclear accident and in a contaminated environment.”

The construction of the New Safe Confinement by Novarka started in 2012 after extensive preparatory works on the ground. Because of its vast dimensions the structure had to be built in two halves which were lifted and successfully joined together in 2015. The arch-shaped structure is fitted with an overhead crane to allow for the future dismantling of the existing shelter and the remains of reactor 4. The New Safe Confinement has a lifespan of at least100 years and will cost €1.5 billion.

For more about this project, click here.

To learn about other EBRD projects in Ukraine, go to http://www.ebrd.com/ukraine.html

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in Central and Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet countries. The EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies from central Europe to central Asia. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm

Source: EBRD



6th Project Management conference by UPYE and Bogazici University in Istanbul in December



Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

14 November 2016 – Istanbul, Turkey – The International Project Management Institute (UPYE) and Bogazici University is organizing the 6th Project Management Conference in December 3, 2016 in Garanti Culture Center at Bogazici University in Istanbul.


This year, the focus of the conference is “Innovation, Technology and Trend Topics in Construction Industry”. We aim to discuss the future vision of the industry, BIM technology use in design, the contracts management and alternative dispute resolution methods including the newly established Istanbul Arbitration Center and the relations among the investors, contractors and project management companies in construction management.

Participants can visit http://www.yim.com.tr/ for free online registration.


Events Project Management



New book from Routledge introduces project management to events managers and event management students

12 November 2016 – New York, USA and London, UK – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Events Project Management, by Hanya Pielichaty, Georgiana Els, Ian Reed and Vanessa Mawer. Published in November 2016, this new book provides events management students with an accessible and essential introduction to project management.

161112-pmwj52-routledge-events-bookAccording to Routledge: Written by both academics and industry experts, Events Project Management offers a unique blend of theory and practice to encourage and contextualise project management requirements within events settings. Key questions include: What is project management? How does it connect to events management? What is effective project management within the events sector? How does academic theory connect to practice?

The book is coherently structured into 12 chapters covering crucial event management topics such as stakeholders, supply chain management, project management tools and techniques, and financial and legal issues. Guides, templates, case study examples, industry tips and activity tasks are integrated in the text and online to show practice and aid knowledge.

Written in an engaging style, this text offers the reader a thorough understanding of how to successfully project manage an event from the creative idea to the concrete product. It is essential reading for all events management students.

Hanya Pielichaty is a Senior Lecturer at Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln and coordinates the BSc (hons) Events Management programme. Before joining the University of Lincoln Hanya worked as a practitioner for the Youth Sport Trust and Lincolnshire Sport in connectivity to sports events and developing community provision.

Georgiana Els (Dr) is a Lecturer in Tourism and Events Management at Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln. Prior to joining the University of Lincoln, she taught in European universities and accumulated work experience within international tourism and events companies. Georgiana has more than nine years’ experience in events, mainly in the business/trade and educational events segment.

Ian Reed is the Emergency Planning & Business Continuity Manager for Lincolnshire County Council. He specialises in event planning and event safety management and has a wide range of event planning experience. He has chaired many event SAGs and has also facilitated both exercises and structured debriefs for event organisers. He regularly presents on Lincolnshire’s multi-agency approach to event safety at a strategic level, and at a variety of forums around the country. He also guest lectures at the University of Lincoln as part of its Events Management degree course.

Vanessa Mawer works as a course trainer in event safety and with event organisers in managing safety at their events. Prior to this, as a police officer, she was responsible for putting together the policing of many planned and spontaneous events. In this role she was also one of the founders of Lincolnshire Event Safety Partnership, a multi-agency group who work with event organisers to ensure safe and successful events.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Events-Project-Management/Pielichaty-Els-Reed-Mawer/p/book/9781138832664

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business. To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge


Low-Cost Access to EBSCO Research Database renewed



Access to EBSCO’s massive business publications database through PMWL renewed

12 November 2016 – Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that it has renewed its organizational subscription to the massive EBSCO Business Source Corporate Plus (BSC+) database for low-cost access for members of the PM World Library. Only available to organizations, the EBSCO BSC+ database provides access to several thousand academic journals and over 100,000 articles, papers, reports and other documents that can be searched on any program or project management topic, including full texts and abstracts. To access the PPM Research section of the PMWL, click here.

161112-pmwj52-ebsco-logoThe EBSCO business source database, normally only available through university or corporate libraries, is one of the most robust and popular sources of reference information for business researchers. For graduate students, faculty or academic researchers no longer directly associated with a university, access to the EBSCO database through the PMWL offers a very low-cost option. To understand the cost and benefits, click here.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We worked out an alliance with EBSCO last year to provide access to both their BSC+ database and their business book summaries database through the PM World Library. These are two of the largest databases of their kind in the world, fantastic resources for researchers and practitioners alike.”

Project management researchers can search hundreds of academic journals around the world, including AACE International Transactions, Academy of Management Journal, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Australian Journal of Information Systems, European Journal of Business & Management, European Management Review, Engineering Management Journal, International Journal of Project Management, Journal of African Business, Project Management Journal, South African Journal of Business Management and many more. To see list of publications in the database, click here.

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit http://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.



AfDB establishes Africa Integrity Fund to help fight corruption



10 November 2016 – Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – In response to the challenges facing Regional Member Countries (RMCs) in the fight against corruption and in line with the institution’s priorities, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, approved the establishment of the Africa Integrity Fund (AIF).

161110-pmwj52-afdb-logoThe Fund, proposed by the Bank’s Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (IACD), will finance programs which contribute to the prevention, detection, investigation and sanctioning of corruption.

The Fund will equally support measures supporting the repatriation of stolen assets and alleviating the financial drain from illicit outflows on the Bank’s RMCs, thereby strengthening transparency and accountability in the management of public resources. Target beneficiaries of grants under the Fund include law enforcement agencies, public audit institutions, tax authorities and other African governmental bodies, civil society organizations, research and educational institutions, among others.

Entities found engaged in corrupt activities and other forms of misconduct following IACD investigations voluntarily agreed to enter into settlement agreements with the Bank. The AIF will be financed exclusively through the collection of financial penalties deriving from such settlements, totaling approximately US $55.25 million. Presently, US $33 million of the amount is currently lodged in the Bank’s escrow account.

“We must have zero-tolerance for corruption, be it internal or external. We have to tighten our systems thoroughly,” AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina said after the Board’s approval of the AIF. IACD Director Anna Bossman added: “With the adoption of the AIF, financial penalties resulting from the Bank’s sanctions regime are re-invested into anti-corruption measures. We are confident that the AIF will become a model for others.”

The AIF is an innovative instrument providing the Bank with an additional platform to address development priorities in its RMCs in the area of anti-corruption without tapping into traditional donor funds. It allows the Bank to fulfill its commitment to RMCs to support their efforts to improve the performance of anti-corruption agencies in preventing, investigating and sanctioning prohibited practices and to strengthen their governance agenda.

For more information, go to http://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/integrity-and-anti-corruption/

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution established in 1964 to mobilize resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Bank promotes economic and social development in African states, providing financing for programs and projects across the continent. For more information, visit www.adbg.org.

Source: African Development Bank



29 new works by 37 authors added to PM World Library



PM World Collection grows to 1957 project management articles, papers & other works by 855 different authors in more than 60 countries

10 November 2016– Dallas, London, Sydney – PM World has announced that 29 new articles, papers and other original works about program and project management (P/PM) have been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) this month. These contributions by 37 different authors in 15 different countries were published in the November 2016 edition of the PM World Journal (PMWJ). They can now be found among the most recent papers, articles and book reviews on the PMWL home page at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

150825-pmwj38-50-PMWL LogoThe new additions bring the total in the PM World Collection to over 1957 original works by more than 850 different authors in 60+ countries. The collection is growing each month by approximately 30 new works by many different authors; of the 37 authors this month, 11 were new to the journal and library. Profiles of all authors in the library, along with access to their works, can be found at http://pmworldlibrary.net/author-showcase/.

According to PMWL Director David Pells, “We want to publish articles and papers that may help solve regional or global problems. Several of this month’s papers do just that, addressing such issues as corruption, economic development and orphan support projects. Researchers in African and Asian countries are now studying how program and project management concepts and practices can help solve local problems. It’s an exciting trend that we are happy to support.”

New authors in November include Dr. Moustafa Ismail Abu Dief (Saudi Arabia), Dr. Hatem Shaker El Beheiry (Egypt), Jorge Galvan (USA), Jamie B. Gelbtuch (USA), Helen Green (UK), Patrick Hoverstadt (UK), Prof Mostafa Hassan Aly Kotb (Egypt), Lucy Loh (UK), Fábio Mourão (Brazil), Emma Regan (USA) and Diana Romagnoli (USA). New works from 26 authors already included in the library were also added.

“The two interviews by our correspondents in Belgium and Turkey are also quite interesting,” Pells adds. “And I am thrilled that we continue to receive interesting and highly useful articles to publish, with ten more added this month. The reports from correspondents in various countries seem to be getting more interesting as well, and the second edition papers this month are not to be missed.”

In addition to the original papers, more news articles were added to the library archives this month, bringing the total to well over 2,000 articles. News archives can be accessed at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-news/. See archives of past editions of the PMWJ at http://pmworldlibrary.net/ppm-journals-and-magazines/.

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World that also publishes the monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ), a digital monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (digital publication ISSN: 2330-4480), has been published monthly since August 2012 and is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases to libraries and universities. To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit http://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.

Editor’s note: Access to all PMWJ authors and their articles and papers in the PM World Library is free. See the Scholar Membership for low cost access to EBSCO databases of business books, magazines, journals and other publications. Comments or questions can be emailed to [email protected]



APM announces 2016 Award Winners



Results announced at APM awards banquet in London on 7 November

8 November 2016 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced 2016 award winners who were recognized at the 2016 APM Awards Ceremony and banquet at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Monday, 7 November. The APM Project Management Awards recognise what people can achieve through project management and have been celebrating excellence in the profession for over 20 years.

The Awards dinner is known for being the most glamorous APM event of the year and has become the most prestigious night in the professional calendar. Recognising the very best in the profession, winners of the industry’s highly-coveted trophy have demonstrated the invaluable contribution project management and project professionals make in all sectors of society. The finalists and winners attract national publicity and a deserved career boost as a result, both at business and at individual levels.


Winners of 2016 APM awards included the following:

Project Management Company of the Year 2016: Royal Mail

IT Project of the Year 2016 sponsored by T-Systems: Lloyds Banking Group – Group Conduct Risk Appetite Metrics (CRAMs)

Project of the Year 2016 sponsored by QinetiQ: Metropolitan Police Service – Digital Interviewing Project

Programme of the Year 2016 sponsored by Program Framework: Heathrow Airport Ltd – Terminal 3 Integrated Baggage

Project Professional of the Year 2016 sponsored by ATOS: Spencer Hobbs – Network Rail

Young Project Professional of the Year 2016: Joshua Macey – MOD, Defence Equipment & Support Organisation

The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration sponsored by The Nichols Group: Good To Great Transformation, Nottingham City Council

Social Project of the Year 2016 sponsored by Project Journal: Specialist Support Project – Nationwide Building Society

Overseas Project of the Year 2016 sponsored by Ramboll: Quest – Shell

Sir Monty Finniston Award: Peder Berg

Geoffrey Trimble Award 2016 sponsored by BAE Systems: James McCaffery

Herbert Walton Award 2016 sponsored by BAE Systems: Amgad Badewi – Kent Business School

Brian Willis Award 2016 sponsored by BAE Systems: Andrew Snook – Foreign & Commonwealth Office

To read the APM announcement, click here.

To see list of winners, go to https://www.apm.org.uk/Winners

To learn more about the APM Awards program, go to https://www.apm.org.uk/Awards.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management



Free Library Memberships for residents of Nigeria



Free access to PM World Library available to those living and working in Nigeria and other low income countries

6 November 2016 – London, Sydney, Dallas, Abuja – PM World has announced that residents of Nigeria can register for FREE membership in the PM World Library (PMWL) at http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/. The PMWL is a global resource for continuous learning related to program, project and portfolio management.

david-pellsAccording to PMWL Director David Pells (pictured), “We are offering free library access to those in many low income countries. We previously announced free registrations for residents of Ukraine and Nepal, hoping to offer a new resource for project managers in stressful situations. We are offering the same opportunity for residents of Nigeria and many other countries in Africa and Asia.”

“While we recognize that project managers and project management professionals are often some of the most educated and highest paid professionals in every country,” Pells continues, “we are committed to knowledge transfer worldwide and have established a policy of offering free memberships to all residents of low income countries.”

Those working or living in Nigeria can register for FREE ACCESS to the PMWL at http://pmworldlibrary.net/who-gets-free-basic-access/. Follow the instructions for residents of low income countries. If any problems are encountered, contact [email protected]

161106-pmwj52-nigeria-map“We have many authors and readers of the journal in Nigeria,” Pells adds. “There are also several active project management professional organizations there that we want to support; and I know of several Nigerian universities offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees in project management now. I hope that free access to the library can provide a useful resource to those studying and working there.”

Others offered free access to the new PMWL include students, authors of works published in the PM World Journal, and residents of around 80 countries listed as low-income by the World Bank. (See the list of countries for Free Access at http://pmworldlibrary.net/free-basic-access/.) For most there is a small membership fee, about the cost of a cup of coffee in most countries.

The PM World Library (PMWL) is a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). The PMWL is produced and maintained by PM World which also publishes the PM World Journal (PMWJ), a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and news stories about projects and project management around the world. To learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/; see the latest edition of the PMWJ at http://www.pmworldjournal.net/.



Karpatsky Wind Farm in Western Ukraine receives international funding



New 20.7MW wind farm to boost energy security and supply mix

4 November 2016 – London, UK and Kiev, Ukraine – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is mobilising resources to support the development and operation of a new wind farm located near the town of Staryi Sambir in the Lviv region of western Ukraine. Through this sustainable energy initiative the Bank will continue to promote renewable energy generation in Ukraine, which is increasingly important for the country’s energy security.

The Karpatsky wind farm, with an installed capacity of 20.7MW, will operate six wind turbines and will improve energy supply in the region. The financing package of €23.1 million arranged by the Bank consists of €8.6 million from the EBRD, €4 million from the Climate Investment Funds’ Clean Technology Fund (CTF), a senior loan of €5.5 million from the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) and a senior loan of €5 million from the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO).

161104-pmwj52-ebrd-wind-imageThe project is supported through the Bank’s Ukraine Sustainable Energy Lending Facility (USELF) designed to provide finance to private local enterprises wishing to invest in small renewable energy projects in Ukraine. Implementation of USELF is supported by technical cooperation funds provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Sweden and Japan.

Sevki Acuner, EBRD Director for Ukraine, said: “This is a very important project for the region and for the country. It shows how big the renewable energy potential is in Ukraine. It also paves the way for similar private investments across the country.”

The CTF was established in 2008 to provide middle-income countries with support for the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that have high potential for minimising greenhouse gas emissions in the long term. The CTF already finances programmes in 15 countries and one region. It is the largest multilateral climate finance instrument in operation.

IFU is an independent fund owned by the government of Denmark which offers advisory services and risk capital to Danish companies wishing to do business in developing countries and emerging markets.

NEFCO is an international financial institution established by the Nordic governments in 1990, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, to provide green financing and support the Nordic countries’ objective of increasing environmental awareness in eastern and central Europe by financing projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the environment. In 2015, NEFCO approved 458 projects to a total value of €459 million.

The EBRD is the largest international financial investor in Ukraine. To date, the Bank has made a cumulative commitment of almost €12 billion through 369 projects since the start of its operations in the country in 1993. To learn more about those projects, click here.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in Central and Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet countries. The EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies from central Europe to central Asia. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm



AACE International launches new website



3 November 2016 – Morgantown, WV, USA – AACE International has announced a newly designed AACE International website. Their new, dynamic, and responsive website will work effectively on a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. They have also made the new website faster, more user-friendly, and easier to navigate.

161103-pmwj52-aace-logoof the most noticeable changes in the new website is the navigation, which is separated into five main categories: Membership, Certification, Professional and Technical Resources, Meetings & Events, and About AACE.

The Membership area includes information for potential members on AACE membership options and member benefits.  Members will find information on awards, Sections, and volunteer opportunities. Certifications will guide you through information on all 8 of AACE’s certifications and how to recertify. Professional and Technical Resources includes all of AACE’s technical and educational resources, including access to the technical products and virtual communities. Meetings and Events provides information on the Annual Meeting, other events and information for sponsors and exhibitors. About AACE is where you will find detailed information about the Association including volunteer leaders and staff, and our governing documents.

If you previously bookmarked AACE’s website, you will need to update your bookmarks as the URL has changed for nearly all of the pages. Logging in for the first time will require you to select “forgot password,” which will prompt the system to email your username and password. Once you receive the login credentials, you will be taken to your profile to ensure we have the most up to date information. If you do not have an AACE profile you will be directed to create one.

If you have previously purchased items, you can easily access those products after you login.  First go to “My Products”, then select “your name” in the top right-hand corner. This is AACE’s brand new platform (PATH) where their products and training modules are now hosted. For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please email AACE Headquarters.

Founded in 1956, AACE International is a professional society for cost estimators, cost engineers, schedulers, project managers, and project control specialists. AACE International is industry independent, and has members in 78 countries and 71 local sections. AACE offers a monthly journal, online bookstore, education, library, certification, annual conference, professional development opportunities, employment information, executive search services, member discounts and other benefits. For more information, visit http://www.aacei.org/.

Source: AACE International