Writing Project Objectives

Project Objectives should be:

SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.

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Project objectives are the specific objectives for which the project works to achieve them within a stipulated time. They should directly address the problem mentioned in the Problem Statement. They should be specific: the more specific it is the better to design activities, indicators and the Logical Framework Analysis. Specific objectives also help address the problem stated and convince the donor easily.


  • Think about what success means for your project and how you would show that success
  • Refer to the results you expect from the project
  • Describe the focus population and the desired change among the population
  • Include the location and time period for each objective
  • Reflect the intended changes in systemic conditions or behaviors that must be achieved to accomplish the goal/strategic objective
  • Objectives should have measurable indicators which show what, when, and how conditions, behaviors, and practices will change
  • Objectives must be verifiable at some point during the execution of the project

A good objective can be:

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“To increase the income-level of women farmers from 5% to 15% in the district.”

Some Relevant Words to be used while writing Objectives

  • Decrease…
  • Increase…
  • Strengthen…
  • Improve…
  • Enhance…

Some Inappropriate words not to be used while writing Objectives

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  • Train
  • Provide
  • Produce
  • Establish
  • Create