PM4NGOs and APMG announce the recipient of the 2016 Alan Harpham Award

Alan Harpham Award, Development Sector, Leadership
The Alan Harpham Award honors and recognizes an individual with distinguished actions in promoting the professionalization of project management in the international development and humanitarian sectors. The selected winner demonstrates not only leadership in advocating for project management professionalization within the sector but also in making it available to those who are most in need and to a range of stakeholders in the sector such as community-based organizations or local NGOs. The award is named in honor of Alan Harpham, former Board Member of PM4NGOs and Chairman of APMG, and a global citizen dedicated to making this sector and community a better place. PM4NGOs and APMG are delighted to announce that the recipient of the Alan Harpham Award in 2016 is Mazen Housseiny, Head of Programs at Syria Relief. “Alan…
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The story behind PMD Pro Starter

Board Members, Development Sector, Project DPro, Tools
Whenever I finish a PMD Pro level one training, I can pretty much guarantee what the first two questions are going to be. “When can I do level two”? and “Is there something I can use for my partners”? Let’s leave level two to be the subject of another blog but until now there has not really been a satisfactory answer to the second question. How can people use PMD Pro for their partners? What tools can help? Clearly, people can encourage partners to do the free e-learning modules, download the guide etc. Alternatively, they can organise some training for their partners – or even run the training themselves. It does, however, feel like an “all or nothing” approach. What if the local partners do not speak one of the…
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PgMD Pro Guide Write Shop

Development Sector, Program Management
What started in California in September 2015, PM4NGOs completed its final draft on “Program Management Guide for Development Professional” (PGM Pro) during the week of 25th – 29th July 2016, at Baltimore, MD, USA.Experts, practitioners, leaders and educators in development sector gathered up in this important Write Shop to review the preliminary draft of 2015 and completing the final one. This is another milestone for PM4NGOs to produce such practitioner’s guide book in addition to its popular “Project Management for Development Professional” (PMD Pro) Guide. Experts, practitioners, leaders and educators in development sector gathered up in this important Write Shop to review the preliminary draft of 2015 and completing the final one. This is another milestone for PM4NGOs to produce such practitioner’s guidebook in addition to its popular “Project Management…
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Slap a certificate on me I’m done! How are we separating the certificate from certification?

Slap a certificate on me I’m done! How are we separating the certificate from certification?

Development Sector, Project DPro Certification
I recently worked on designing a certificate toolkit for our members to help them market learning within their organizations. As I worked through the quick guide and designed a very nice (I may be biased there) certificate template, it got me thinking about the validity of these certificates. For some learners, getting a certificate is really important and gives them a sense of accomplishment, but do we switch their focus from capacity building to stamp collecting? Instead of saying ‘I think therefore I am,’ we seem to have developed the phrase ‘I am certified therefore I can’.  But how true is this, and how can we use certificates to better reflect reality? This is important for learners, as well as managers who will want to see these certificates. What makes…
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We would like to hear you

Development Sector, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification
We are 12,691 certified Project Management Development Professionals, based in 144 countries. If we count all participants that took the APMG exam and add a projection of 20% to all participants that have taken the exam, we might reach 20 thousand PMD practitioners. 20 thousand practitioners! The tools and methods implementation after the certification is what matters for the beneficiaries. It is the application of the PMDPro knowledge that produces better projects and improves the efficiency and impact of development projects. (more…)
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Are we listening enough to local voices?

Development Sector
I’ve taken a couple of days to reflect on what I heard at the WHS and what I didn’t hear.  My first reflection is that local voices were not prominent enough and that the WHS process did not listen to them enough.  My second reflection was that those with most power chose either not to come, or not to use their powerful voices to call for the kind of revolutionary change that is needed.  I hope, but am not yet sure, that the future echoes of the summit will create an opportunity for deeper and more equal partnerships between international and local organisations, as well as greater diversity of collaborations which will promote innovation. Local Voices The odds were stacked against being able to hear local voices.  Local actors were…
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