With all the news about the World Bank recently, it is interesting to take a look at Critical Success Factors for their projects. A lot of the comments from the pundits have focused on the importance of the leadership in being able to carry out the World Bank's mission.
This paper lists 10 CSFs for Project Management. Many of these are familiar but the kind of international development projects that the World Bank carries out involve some less obvious ones. For people new to international projects, particularly involving developing countries, it makes interesting reading. One expects things like culture, technology and management to figure. But corruption - an estimate of 10% of project cost in one example, and, even in 2002, the importance of environmental factors might not have made one's personal top 10 list.
Critical Success Factors in Internation Development Project Management.