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Steps towards SAP implementation

Review Process

The draft SAP document should be thoroughly reviewed by the SAP development team and key stakeholders to ensure it is:

  • Fit-for-purpose;
  • At a stage to be adopted by the project steering committee; and
  • Likely to be endorsed (or agreed to) by the participating countries.

It is advisable to ensure that copies of the SAP document are circulated well in advance of this meeting to ensure the review process is successful. The process is also described Here.


The steps towards SAP endorsement (or agreement) will be different for each project and the process can quite often be difficult and time-consuming. However, to ensure that the process is as straightforward as possible, it is important to ensure that the Project Manager, key members of the SAP development team, country focal points and the steering committee carefully coordinate the steps towards endorsement.

This could include the arrangement of high-level meetings with senior officials from the key ministries in each country to ensure that there is general consensus towards the SAP and its endorsement.