Challenges faced In water infrastructure projects implemented by the Zambian government.

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Mwale, Marjorie Misozi
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The University of Zambia
The Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) has been undertaking water infrastructure development projects and programs at various levels in both rural and urban areas through the Ministry of Water Development and Sanitation (MWDS) and other line ministries. The implementation of these projects by the Zambian government has come with many challenges, which has led to the non-completion of some projects. In the past 10 years, a number of these projects have been abandoned at various stages of completion. However, no study has been conducted to investigate the cause of this. This study was undertaken to identify challenges that contribute to failures in fully implementing water projects implemented by the Zambian government. The general objective of this study was to establish challenges faced in implementing water infrastructure development projects by the Zambian government. The study was carried out by interviewing different officers from government and donor agencies involved in the water infrastructure projects at different stages, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and consultants, literature review of the various books and reports and also observation of selected water infrastructure projects. The results indicated that the major challenges of implementation were in the formation and operation of Project Management Teams, lack of financial resources and lengthy procurement process. It was therefore recommended that the Project Management Team should have fully dedicated team members to work solely on the project and must have no government interference, also government should completely fulfil its financial obligations to the projects and the procurement process to be revised to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Keywords: Water infrastructure projects, project management team, government, challenges, implementation.
Master of Engineering in Project Management
Water Projects , Water and Sanitation Program--Zambia