DATES: JUN 29 AND JUL 1, 2021
VENUE: LIVE ONLINE COURSE    apply now button  
TUITION: $500    







Language of Instructions

Discussions and facilitation will be in Arabic and English and the presenter is fully bilingual to accommodate and integrate all participants.



Ensuring projects deliver value for money underscores the value of organized planning and preparing for each project. Proper project preparation requires understanding the technical documents involved (feasibility studies, technical plans, budget projections, etc.) and their importance as well as their underlying terms and purposes.

The seminar is designed for professionals who work on development projects and whose first language is Arabic. The program will explore the technical terms in both Arabic and English to best integrate the concepts across the languages to aid better comprehension. The focus is on understanding the project preparation documents needed to develop an idea into a bankable project ready for financing and implementation.



The seminar will be delivered live online in two sessions via videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at a time to be announced closer to the seminar, but the starting time will be within a time window of 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the classes to be highly interactive and will include presentations, illustrations and discussions. 


Course Outline

  • Meaning and core activities of project preparation, analysis and design;
  • The critical role of technical analysis and technical design;
  • Socio-economic and financial analyses of projects: differences and how to carry out the two measures;
  • Role of socio-cultural, institutional and environmental aspects in shaping the project;
  • Understanding the process and risks in not following the integrated process;
  • Relevance to capacity-building, efficiency and growth.

Course Advisors

Mehdi Al-Bazzaz is an economist trained in England with advanced degree from London University. A practitioner with extensive experience in many countries in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. Worked at the Iraq Ministry of Planning, the World Bank and adjunct professor at George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Loyola University of Chicago.