Creative in Conflict: Project Management Training in Syria via WhatsApp

Case Studies
The war in Syria has created one of the most challenging environments for NGOs to operate in. Financial resources are extremely limited, communication networks are poor and electricity is in short supply. The security situation has forced almost half the population to flee to safety which means there are fewer skilled people left in Syria and those trying to enter the country face numerous risks and problems. As a result, NGOs are in desperate need of project managers but are struggling to recruit or train them. Marifah for Social Entrepreneurship in Turkey decided to tackle this problem by utilising one of the most reliable free communication tools it has access to: WhatsApp. With the organizational motto, ‘Creative Investment in Creative People,’ they came up with the idea of providing training…
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Strengthening PPP Good Practice Across Africa

Strengthening PPP Good Practice Across Africa

Case Studies
An increasing number of countries across Africa are now seeking the public sector skills needed to run successful PPP contracts. In support of this APMG has launched a new website page dedicated to this region on the APMG PPP Certification Program website. The web pages include information on PPP Training courses in Africa, blogs from PPP candidates in Africa, World Bank PPP blog posts, and upcoming events. Find out more at: https://ppp-certification.com/strengthening- ppp-best- practice-across- africa
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Featured PMD Pro picture of the month

Case Studies, Program Management, Project DPro, Project Management, Tools
How about sharing your training or best practice picture with all PMD Pro professionals and PM4NGOs partner organizations? Each month, PM4NGOs will select one new picture of a PMD Pro training or tools application to become the Featured Picture of the Month. Send your picture to info@pm4ngos.org and tell us the story behind it (please see the criteria and requirements below). (more…)
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PMD Pro in the field – Changing the world one project at a time

Case Studies, Project DPro, Project Management
[caption id="attachment_1603" align="alignright" width="300"] Community Planning Session in Progress: Mudzi Secondary School staff, and Community members setting responsibilities and targets[/caption] PMD Pro in action in Mudzi, Zimbabwe Mudzi is a district of Mashonaland in the far eastern part of Zimbabwe. World Vision International (http://www.wvi.org/zimbabwe) runs an Area Development Programme in Mudzi and the programme has adopted the use of PMD Pro and its project management tools. This has facilitated its projects being implemented on time, on scope and within budget.   (more…)
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What goes wrong with NGO Projects: Grand Designs

Case Studies, Project Management
The list of things that can go wrong with an NGO project is fairly broad – people often cite natural disasters, conflict, political interference and a long list of etcetera’s. Without doubt, NGO Project Managers do work in difficult circumstances – no question. We work in places, where many other organisations would not or could not operate – yet – it is always a surprise to see how much blame is attached to external circumstances. My personal favourite is when the rainy season gets fingered – so we didn’t know that the rains were going to come? I am being slightly facetious but I think we owe it to our beneficiaries to focus a bit more on the many internal causes of problems – rather than external factors that way,…
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PM4NGOs – improving skills on development projects

Case Studies, Project DPro
When I met Jeanne in a small café in Hackney, I was immediately thrown off balance. I had expected beads and hippy braids; I was met instead by a small, neat woman, formidable in her efficiency as she secured us a table by the window. Jeanne is freelance project management consultant, currently working for an NGO based in Ethiopia. Her work has taken her from Russia to Sri Lanka, and from Mexico to Uganda. At the moment she is helping with a series of projects to provide school materials across a wider range of rural areas. In her ‘spare time’ (and only somebody like Jeanne would have spare time on top of everything else that she does) she volunteers her time as a project management trainer, helping local NGOs to…
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