Risk identification on community‐based construction projects in Zambia

I. Mañelele (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia)
M. Muya (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Publication date: 11 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss and highlight the results of a study that identified critical risks involved in the procurement of community‐based infrastructure projects in Zambia.

Design/methodology/approach

Brainstorming was chosen as the method for identifying risks in the study. It was applied in the form of group discussions with project management committees at community level to identify potential risks affecting their particular projects.

Findings

The identified critical risks were classified into six categories: project initiation; community contribution and participation; budget and finance; skilled labour; materials procurement and technical supervision; and quality control. Several significant risk factors were identified in all these six categories in community‐based construction projects. The paper concludes that indeed there are critical risks in community‐based construction projects that require forward planning, assessment and mitigation.

Originality/value

The consequences of not assessing and managing construction risks in both conventional and community‐based procurement systems are that projects may experience time and cost overruns and lead to poor quality structures. It is therefore important to identify risks in community projects.

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Citation

Mañelele, I. and Muya, M. (2008), "Risk identification on community‐based construction projects in Zambia", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 145-161. https://doi.org/10.1108/17260530810891289

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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