PME (3). This third presentation on PME highlights the importance of this type of process in attaining certain of the objectives targeted by aid to development and humanitarian action. Version 1 - April 2003. PME offers a range of project management tools.
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This third presentation on PME highlights the importance of this type of process in attaining certain of the objectives targeted by aid to development and humanitarian action.
Version 1 - April 2003
As with all tools, they can be used in different ways :
- somewhat mechanically when the feeling is that have been imposed;
- by incorporating them into a quality approach because the user has understood the objectives they help to attain and has the resources required for exploiting them appropriately in relation to these needs.
For giving account … PME such a fundamental process?
The PME is not just about methods or tools … even though these tools are important.
A PME system also depends on an organisation ’s political project and ethics.
What are the organisation ’s interests? What resources does it have? What are the values it defends? What place does it reserve for the other? …
The PME may not answer these questions, but it does at least ensure that they are raised.
In a given country and with stakeholders who each have their own vision of the world
A project/ a programme
A planning/ monitoring/ evaluation system
of the PME system.
Tools are important, but must not get out of proportion. They can not replace real political reflection.
The [PME] system should provide mediation between the following contradictory factors * :
- being congruent with the culture of the organisation whilst at the same time being a possible catalyst for transforming this culture;
- being a means of legitimising the actions of stakeholders whilst at the same time being a means for discussing and analysing their relevance;
-developing zones of autonomous action whilst at the same time obtaining greater control of the action system;
- encouraging self-criticism and confrontation between different points of view, without creating conflicts that may prevent the system from functioning.
*extrapolation de la réflexion que développent Vincent de Gaulejac, Michel Bonetti and Jean Fraisse on evaluation(p175)
Vincent de Gaulejac, Michel Bonetti, Jean Fraisse, 1995, L’ingénierie sociale [Social engineering],Ed. Syros, Coll. Alternatives sociales, 214p.