PM4NGOs has been the guardian of PMD Pro since 2011, but its story started four years before when LINGOs began to work with a group of international NGOs in 2007 to collectively define agreed upon principles and best practices in project management in the development sector.
That early group received some funding from PMIEF and included Catholic Relief Services, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam and others as well as representatives from The Project Management Institute. The work of that group laid out a framework for the Project Management in Development curriculum which was developed and field tested by over 200 practitioners from 15 organizations in 20 countries between 2010 and 2011.
Since the guide and certification development, 2016 was the best year: we had 3,301 new certified professionals last year, 10,4% more than in 2015 and the highest number of certified professionals in the history of PMD Pro.
We have reached 14,363 certified professionals in 148 countries, from a total of 18,564 exams taken. 75% of certified professionals are in the developing countries.
Considering only countries with 100 or more PMD Professionals, some presented remarkable results:
- Sri Lanka (256,06% increase) – from 66 to 235
- Syria (240,35% increase) – from 57 to 194
- India (156,60% increase) – from 53 to 136
- Nigeria (151,80% increase) – from 139 to 350
- Mexico (107,35% increase) – from 68 to 141
- Turkey (90% increase) – from 160 to 304
- Ghana (69,33% increase) – from 75 to 127
We are sure that 2017 will also be a great year. With the Program Guide coming in the next months and a beginning of PMD Pro review at the end of the year, we expect to reach more professionals, in more countries, impacting thousands of projects and beneficiaries.
The use of technology support is a key to improve your project management. Several programs can help you in organizing, communicating, training and more. But these programs are usually expensive, so we’ve come to show you Techsoup.
TechSoup is an organization that provides discounts in several softwares, hardware trainings and services.
MS Project Professional is $1159 at Microsoft, and Techsoup offers it for only $74 (no zeros missing… it is only seventy four dollars!).
“TechSoup’s mission is to build a dynamic bridge that enables design and implementation of technology solutions for a more equitable planet.”
TechSoup’s catalog includes more than 375 products from over 90 companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec.
In addition to technology solutions, TechSoup still enable people to share experiences to work together toward a more equitable world.
You can know more about TechSoup through the website and social media.
Hassan Jenedie, Capacity Building Director in Orange, took this amazing picture of a WBS development during a PMD Pro training in Gaziantep that was attended by multiple local and international NGOs.
PMD Pro turns Project Management into a universal language – even if you do not understand Arabic, you will recognize this picture as a Work Breakdown Structure.