Leonardo G. Romeo

Adjunct Professor of International Development Planning

213 Wyckoff Street , Brooklyn, NY 11217
By appointment only
Leonardo Romeo

Leonardo G. Romeo is President of Local Development International (LDI) l.l.c., an international development consulting firm providing policy and technical advisory services to developing countries in support of decentralization reforms, good local governance and local development planning and management

In 2007 he retired as Principal Technical Adviser for Local Development Planning with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), after a career of 30 years dedicated to building local/municipal governments’ capacity and designing, managing and evaluating urban and rural infrastructure projects in developing countries.

His research, teaching and consulting work covers public sector decentralization reforms, local government planning/budgeting processes and investment projects planning and analysis in developing economies. Mr. Romeo holds a Dott.Arch. degree in Urban and Regional Planning (University of Venice, Italy) and a M.Sc.in Civil Engineering (Columbia University, New York, USA).

Having lost their absolute prominence as development aid instruments, investment projects remain a key instrument of development administration, and still an important vehicle of international assistance. In fact enthusiasm for a “program approach” to aid delivery should not obscure the wide array of aid modalities that is often necessary to deploy, as well as the importance of specific investment projects among them.

There is therefore a continuing role for projects as both (a) a way of managing government interventions and (b) a mode of donors’ intervention, where this is made consistent with the objectives of national programs developed and owned by national authorities.

Project planners in governments and aid agencies continue to face the challenge of ensuring the technical quality, the financial sustainability and the economic, social, institutional and environmental viability of development projects.

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Having lost their absolute prominence as development aid instruments, investment projects remain a key instrument of development administration, and still an important vehicle of international assistance. In fact enthusiasm for a “program approach” to aid delivery should not obscure the wide array of aid modalities that is often necessary to deploy, as well as the importance of specific investment projects among them.

There is therefore a continuing role for projects as both (a) a way of managing government interventions and (b) a mode of donors’ intervention, where this is made consistent with the objectives of national programs developed and owned by national authorities.

Project planners in governments and aid agencies continue to face the challenge of ensuring the technical quality, the financial sustainability and the economic, social, institutional and environmental viability of development projects.

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