Addressing Challenges in Programme Implementation

Addressing Challenges in Programme Implementation

About This Course

Often, we observe that policy reform initiatives come up short in implementation. Why does this happen? What tools or techniques can we use to help anticipate, address, and overcome such implementation challenges?

This course examines common challenges behind programme implementation, focused especially on developing country contexts, and equips you with the skills and techniques to overcome such challenges.

Designed to be highly interactive, this course will involve extensive discussion of case studies drawn from different developing countries. 

Training Dates

To be advised. 
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 Approximately 16 hours

Learning Mode

Live instruction - in-person


Obtain a Certificate of Achievement issued by CAG, in partnership with LAD


You should have had some experience (4 years or more) in programme implementation in government

Learning Objectives

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Understand key implementation challenges which impede successful programme implementation
  • Develop strategies to overcome such implementation challenges

Who This Is For

Mid- to senior-level public servants who are involved in programme implementation, and would like to develop skills to overcome some common challenges that may impede successful programme implementation

Course Outline

Overview on the challenges in programme implementation in development
Upstream challenges in programme implementation

  • Policy interpretation issues
  • Coordination challenges
  • Lack of capacity: financial resources, organisational capacity, legal authority

External challenges in programme implementation

  • External influence, including political interference, on implementing agencies
  • Corruption issues
  • Issues related to partnerships with programme operators
  • Public resistance

Building capacity for implementation

  • Building state capacity and policy reform at the frontline
  • Scaling up policy innovations and sustaining policy reform

Expert Contributors & Trainers

Professor R. Kent Weaver
Professor of Public Policy and Government, Georgetown University;
Teaching Faculty, Leadership Academy for Development

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between courses and custom programmes?

Courses can be taken by individuals as a standalone. Custom programmes are cohort-based and specially designed to address specific learning needs of an organisation.

What do pre-requisites mean?

Some courses require that you have a particular set of skills or knowledge before you begin the course.  You are strongly encouraged to complete the pre-requisite course first if there is one listed on the course page.

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