What did the DM2009 finalists think about the competition and how it might be improved? Here's a mini-interview with Andrew Reitz, who was a DM2009 finalist from Ecuador. Reitz is a rural enterprise specialist with Conservacion y Desarollo, whose project is a combination market/conservation approach to community agriculture that would help 100 indigenous and mestizo rural households in the Andes commercialize a native blueberry while reforesting the local ecosystem. Reitz describes his project in this YouTube clip from the Development Markektplace Channel.
Q. What most impressed you about your week at the competition?
A. I was most impressed that the World Bank took the opportunity to reach out to the participants with some of the curriculum from the World Bank Institute. These sessions touched base on some of the fundamentals to project management that, if applied correctly, will surely help participants achieve higher levels of success in future projects. I also particularly enjoyed the panel discussion of past DM winners.
Q. What would you like to see added to future competition programs to help ensure that all finalists have the richest possible experience from their week?
A. I don't believe finalists were given enough time to properly present their projects to the jurors. A half hour would have allowed for a proper question and answer period. In addition, finalists need to be better prepped on the types of questions that jurists will ask. The session on "selling your project/idea" was interesting; however, it would have been more beneficial if past jurors were involved.
Q. Should there be a bigger money pool so there can be more winners among the 100 finalists?