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Project Management Update from Douala: Establishing a Stakeholders’ Engagement Strategy for the Construction of a Palm Oil Processing Center in Nguibassal, Cameroon

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By NDJIB Marie

International Correspondent

Douala, Cameroon
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ABSTRACT

This article presents the engineering of stakeholder’s engagement management in a project.  It is a practical overview of how stakeholder’s commitment to a project has been sustained in a conflicting environment through project leadership.

The value of this article lies in the practical understanding of stakeholder’s engagement management.

1.     The project context 

Project management standards have put great emphasis on stakeholder’s management. Theories and empirical studies have demonstrated that the implication of stakeholders in projects is a sure path to achieve expected results. According to (Chinyio and Akintoye, 2008), to achieve project objectives, it is essential to formulate a process for stakeholder management and to identify effective approaches for stakeholder analysis and engagement. However, it has been demonstrated that maintaining stakeholders’ engagement to the project requires a concrete understanding and integration of internal and external factors that could hinder the results of the project. This goes along with understanding the interest of various stakeholders and adjusting it to the benefit of the project. This is particularly challenging, especially in project where stakeholder’s participation is at the hearth of the project.

Palm oil production has rapidly increased over the past ten years in Cameroon. To sustain the local and the world demand, there has been a wide expansion of agro-industrial palm’s plantations and the growing implication of independent farmers, supported by the government, especially in rural area in the southern region of the country.

Nguibassal (fig1) is rural settlement situated in the centre region of Cameroon. Located in the division of Nyong-Ekelle, with a population of around 4 500 habitants involved in pastoral activities. Its particularity since 2010 is the growing implication of the local population to palm oil production. The activity has proven to be profitable for the socio economic balance of the locality.

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About the Author

flag-douala-cameroonmarie-elaine-ndjibMarie Eliane Ndjib    

Douala, Cameroon

Ms. Marie Eliane Ndjib is a dynamic, results-oriented and pro-active professional, with three years of experience in strategic planning and management, and three years of experience in project planning, tracking and controls. Her interest is in helping organizations to improve their performance and optimize the implementation of programs and projects to sustain their strategy and better manage change issues. She is also a trainer on total quality management and project management.  Among recent projects, she has contributed in the development of strategic plans for 3 organizations. She has developed a human resource tracking system for employee performance assessments, planned and implemented a total quality management system, planned and implemented a Lean Six Sigma project, and planned and implemented a management-by-results program in a company.  Marie Eliane has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Buea-Cameroon (2009) and a Master’s degree in Project Management (With the PMI-PMBOK approach) from the Panafrican Institute for Development-Central Africa (PAID-CA) (2012).  She expects to have her PMP and MS Project certifications in 2013.  Marie is motivated to modestly participate in the professional development of project management in Cameroon, including the planning for the first National Congress on Project Management in Cameroon.  She wants to help people who are interested in this professional field to better develop their knowledge on Project Management.  Marie Eliane can be contacted at [email protected].