Understanding why some development plans are not implemented or are "forgotten" after they have been approved by government authorities should be a preoccupation of the planning theory and practice community. Using participatory action research, this paper examines the reasons for the non-implementation of two development plans in Zimbabwe. To ensure development plans are implemented after they have been approved by government authorities, the findings suggest the need for (1) deeper understanding of local geopolitics, (2) the integration of national development planning policies into a single framework, particularly in post-colonial states, and (3) enlisting the services of a champion to provide oversight of the planning process. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
- champion of change
- development plan implementation
- participatory action research
- Zambezi Valley
Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms
- Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute