Systematic Planning of Resource Requirements - Brief Description
Resources include more than just “money”. The ability to fund a proposed development activity that has been planned also depends upon the ability of the planner to optimise between the available resources. Resources have to be allocated in a cost-effective and prudent manner in order to attain the desired result. Optimisation means “getting the biggest bang for a buck” or in other words the maximum return for a given investment. There are numerous different approaches how resource optimisation can be undertaken, including such complex approach as Critical Path Method, Project Evaluation and Review Techniques and other such optimisation techniques. However, it is not always necessary to use such sophisticated approaches, in some cases simple optimisation procedures suffice. The first step in the process is always some form of systematic planning of the actual resource requirements.
Photo 1 and 2: The planning team sought alternatives to the current approach of irrigation and water extraction