Within the framework of ERFAN, an OFFICE for project design is established at the Secretariat in order to assist the partners in future design, planning and submission to various agencies of development and research projects. The successful of Network is founded on the research and development projects, the implementation of which is the only way of achieving the development in the public health field, in African countries.
The term “project” means a group of activities undertaken to produce a project purpose in a fixed time frame. The way in which projects are planned and carried out follows a sequence beginning with an agreed strategy, which leads to an idea for a specific action, oriented towards achieving a set of objectives, which then is formulated, implemented, and evaluated with a view to improving the strategy and further action.
The way in which projects are designed and submitted to various international agencies is very important in order to raise funding. A clear formulation, a detailed design and an appropriate focus on all the elements involved in the project management are essential to ensure the successful of submission of project proposals to international donors. Taking into consideration the different process groups of project management, as formulation, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, key elements have to be incorporated into the project design, i.e: scope, budget, deadline, team roles, communication plan, milestones; resource planning, status reports and budget management; monitoring report with respect to the quality of deliverables, team performance, use of coordinated resources, centralized responsibilities for management and implementation, defined roles and relationships for participants in the project;evaluation report.