I looked again at the quote.
No substantial famine has ever occurred in any independent and democratic country with a relatively free press.
And I began to wonder. Is there an equivalent for project management? Could I say something like:
No substantial project failure has ever occurred in any “independent” and “democratic” organisation with a relatively free “press”.
I am sure there is something here. I will think more about it. If any of you comes up with better paraphrases please comment away; in the meantime I will seek to replace the three words in quotation marks with more appropriate ones.