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Managing Development: People, Policies, and Institutions

Managing Development: People, Policies, and Institutions

Development is about people. People are both partners and beneficiaries of change. Good policies and effective institutions provide the basis for sound development management. Successful institutions derive their power from competent leaders and good management practices. The pace and process of development are determined by good governance and strengthened capacity to implement and manage projects.

This book draws on more than 4 decades of multisectoral and multidimensional experience in development management and presents the findings and thoughts on four important themes of development management—governance, institution building, agrarian reform and rural development, and monitoring and evaluation. The findings and analysis—a reflection of experiences gained in several developing countries—provide a range of information on what works and what does not in development interventions. Read more.

Colandavelu NarayanasuwamiColandavelu Narayanasuwami (Nam) entered the Ceylon Civil Service in 1960. He held various senior positions in the public sector, including those of director, Agrarian Research and Training Institute; and additional permanent secretary, Ministry of Plantation Industries, until 1977. He joined the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1978 and served as senior project development and project evaluation specialist, and chief technical adviser of the ‘Expanded Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Programme’ in Manila, Philippines until early 1983. In April that year, he joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines, as evaluation specialist and served with distinction in senior capacities for over 12 years. At the time of his retirement from ADB in 1996, he held a director-level position at the then Post-Evaluation Office. He continued his professional interest in development management as an independent consultant thereafter for over 22 years. During this period, he undertook several complex multidisciplinary assignments in the Asia and Pacific region for ADB, the United Nations Development Programme, Australian Agency for International Development, and the World Bank. Read more.



  1. Public Administration in Sri Lanka and the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution: Prospects for the Future
  2. Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation and Reconstruction
  3. Reflections on Northeast Development
  4. Capacity Development and Aid Absorption: The Sri Lanka Case
  5. Sri Lanka’s August 2015 Elections: A Display of Electoral Maturity?
  6. Management of Rural Projects: Some Misconceptions

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