These manuals have been used as training texts in development management courses. They are available as reference books for users of the "teach yourself" modules and participants in BAOBAB's training courses.
The manuals are designed to be used as complete texts; in some cases there are overlaps in the contents as the same material is used for different courses.

Access to the Baobab handbooks is by subscription only, and via a (time-limited) password. Each manual requires a different password. Upon receipt of the registration fee, we will email the password(s) to you.

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English Development Design
Project Cycle Management
Decentralised Integrated Development Planning (DiDep)
French Planification par Objectifs


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Using the Manuals from the Baobab Web Site
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