DATES: MAR  28  - APR 8, 2016    
TUITION: $3950 






This seminar provides the knowledge and skills required to develop an idea into a bankable project proposal ready for financing and implementation with a particular focus on the selection of viable projects as it is key to profitable and sustainable development.

Effective project preparation and financing has become even more critical in the past several years. Through lectures, case studies, and individual and group exercises, participants will have the opportunity to experience what makes projects successful. Participants are encouraged to bring an example of a project that they can relate to the seminar for discussion.


 Course Outline


Project Identification and Preparation

  • Meaning & requirements


Project Development Context

  • Why this project?
  • Investment programming in the public sector
  • Project approach to investment
  • Economic viability vs. commercial viability


Assessing Project Viability

  • Technical, economic and financial analysis
  • Fiscal impact
  • Cost recovery
  • Operations and maintenance


Financing and Approval


External Assistance and Multilateral Development Agencies


Sustainability and Lessons Learned

  • Risk analysis
  • Institutional aspects
  • Environmental considerations 


Course Advisors

Gopi Puri - After working in the Indian Steel industry for 17 years, Gopi Puri joined the World Bank, where he directed seminars at the World Bank Institute. Mr. Puri also worked for many years appraising investment proposals at the International Finance Corporation. He has an M.B.A. from The George Washington University and has worked with more than 80 developing countries.

Mehdi Al-Bazzaz has decades of experience as an economic practitioner, and instructor on development issues and practices, including the design and analysis of programs in many developing countries. He has a graduate degree from London University and has worked at the Iraq Ministry of Planning, the World Bank Institute, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Loyola University of Chicago.

 Jack Upper is a Senior Advisor at ILI, a former World Bank Division Chief in the Europe Middle East Region and Ford Motor Company Financial Analyst. Mr. Upper holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Michigan.