The Challenges of Managing Projects in International Development

The Challenges of Managing Projects in International Development

Development Sector, Project DPro, Project DPro, Project DPro Guide, Project Management
This article has been originally published by Project Managers Against Poverty. Peter Marlow discusses the unique challenges of managing projects in the international development sector and how a recent training and certification scheme for project managers has made a big difference. The Problem International Development is big. For example, in 2018 the UK government spent £14bn of public money on foreign aid and is committed to a target of 0.7% of GDP being spent on aid. The European Union is the world’s largest humanitarian donor spending €123bn and this is just part of a bigger picture of public and private donations being spent trying to improve the lives of people living in the developing world. Continue reading
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Taking over a half finished project

Taking over a half finished project

Project Management, Tools
This article has been originally published at APM. The role of the project manager comes in all shapes and sizes. In a perfect world you might get to choose your project team or even your project, but in our often less-than-perfect world sometimes it’s necessary, for whatever reason, for a project professional to take over a project that is half-finished. This situation brings with it a whole different set of challenges for us and can test our skills and capabilities to the limit. If you find yourself in this position, here are some questions you should be asking at the outset to give yourself the best possible chance of delivering a successful outcome. Continue reading
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Project DPro: A Practical Approach

Project DPro: A Practical Approach

Case Studies, PM4NGOs, Project DPro, Project DPro Guide, Project Management
Khumbulani Ndlovu describes how Project DPro has cohered the work of World Vision’s field-based project in Zimbabwe. The Project DPro course is very much respected. It’s highly practical and it offers a wide range of tools that help to ensure that projects are delivered on time, scope, and budget, in a way that also pays attention quality, benefits and risks. The course has achieved buy in from senior management at World Vision and hence it is taken with a lot of positivity by staff at all levels (from a development facilitator to a Director). It is well tailored for NGOs and the development industry and is very practical in approach so that you can apply the tools your day-to day work. Continue reading
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Top 5 Tips for Facilitating Online Meetings

Top 5 Tips for Facilitating Online Meetings

Leadership, PM4NGOs, Program Management, Project Management
This article has been originally published at APMG AUTHOR: TOMASZ NEDZI Tomasz Nedzi, an experienced facilitator, explains some simple tips that can help you facilitate online meetings 1. Be early If you are the facilitator of the meeting it’s your duty to manage the meeting and be prepared. Show that you are prepared by being on time. It’s best to be the first person in the room.  Your participants will join gradually and you can meet and greet them. By showing your appreciation for their presence you will reduce stress. Asking them casual questions about the place they are joining from, or the weather at their place will help to build relationships. 2. Understand your participants It’s important to understand that we humans are not all the same. Even though we…
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Project DPro Launch – Chinese Version

Project DPro Launch – Chinese Version

Development Sector, PM4NGOs, Project DPro, Project DPro, Project DPro Guide, Project Management
Written by Sany FoundationSince the reform and opening up, China's philanthropy sector has developed rapidly, and many experts with rich experience and insight have emerged. However, the lack of systematic knowledge is one of the main challenges China's philanthropy sector is facing now. In order to promote the professional development of China's practitioners, Sany foundation cooperates with PM4NGOs, hoping to translate the Project DPro 2.0 into Chinese version, and promote the application of the manual through training. On March 11, 2021, Sany foundation held the online launch meeting of Project DPro 2.0 Chinese version in China. A total of 272 people attended the launch meeting. The project staff of Sany foundation introduced the background and significance of cooperation with PM4NGOs. Mr. Edson Marinho, executive director of PM4NGOs, greets China's philanthropy partners…
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Project DPro Launch – Chinese Version

Project DPro Launch – Chinese Version

Development Sector, PM4NGOs, Project DPro, Project DPro, Project DPro Guide, Project Management
Written by Sany Foundation改革开放以来,中国的公益行业发展迅速,出现了许多拥有丰富经验和洞见的专家,但缺少系统化的知识是中国公益行业面临的主要挑战之一。为了推动中国的公益从业者更专业的发展,三一基金会与PM4NGOs合作,希望将发展项目管理指南(Project DPro 2.0)翻译为中文版本,并且通过培训来推进指南的应用。2021年3月11日,三一基金会在中国举行了Project DPro 2.0中文版线上发布会。发布会共有272人参加。三一基金会的项目人员介绍了与PM4NGOs的合作背景和意义。PM4NGOs的执行董事Edson Marinho先生通过录制的视频问候了中国的公益伙伴,并且介绍了机构和指南的历史。北京师范大学-香港浸会大学的助理教授梁镗烈带领团队翻译了手册,梁教授分享了手册对中国公益行业,以及社会工作专业发展的意义。有两家中国的组织——汉达社会工作服务中心和益修学院获得了Project DPro 2.0的培训资质,他们分别从公益有效性和人才发展的角度分享了自己的观察。中国基金会发展论坛的项目官员对发布会进行了评论。发布会还和许多参与者进行了交流问答。为了吸引使用者,汉达和益修分别提供了培训的优惠,以鼓励大家参与Project DPro 2.0的学习。目前,Project DPro 2.0考试的汉化正在进行中,不久后将会对中国用户开放。三一基金会在2021年的多项活动中将向公益从业者介绍Project DPro 2.0,汉达和益修也会继续推广指南在中国的应用。 Previous Next Download the guide
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Benefits Realization: start with the end in mind

Benefits Realization: start with the end in mind

Leadership, PM4NGOs, Project Management
This article has been originally published at APMG AUTHOR: MILVIO DIBARTOLOMEO Avoid the pitfalls of bad benefits planning. Benefits Realization: start with the end in mind The fundamental reason organizations invest in change, projects and programmes is to realize benefits. That’s why it’s vital that Intended benefits are given sufficient thought and planning to ensure projects and other change initiative are fully geared towards the realization of planned benefits. APMG's new white paper (content courtesy of Milvio DiBartolomeo) takes a close look at benefits realization practices, the importance of planning ahead, and some of the pitfalls to avoid. Click here to view/download the white paper.
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Social Project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Research

Social Project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Research

Case Studies, PM4NGOs, Project Management, Statistics
AND EVALUATION RESEARCH Written and created by Communitaria Consultoria Social This quest arose out of certain discomforts developed after years working with Social Investment. Later, they turned into questions/hypotheses that demanded a searh for information/solutions. It was a long way (and still incomplete). However, it enable us to share our discomforts and perceptions. The following is a summary of the results of the phases already carried out so far. Phase 1: Understanding Social Project's Management challenges hrough a free poll on social media (in 2018) Phase 2: Identyfing monitoring and evaluating projects challenge', as well as the tools used to manage them through a poll on social media (2020) Phase 3: Collecting challenges, paths chosen and scenarios for projects monitoring and evaluation and it's use as a tool for strategic…
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The  Golden Thread – Project Management in Three Sectors

The Golden Thread – Project Management in Three Sectors

Partners, Project Management
This article and report has been originally published at the APM websitehttps://www.apm.org.uk/goldenthread/sector/ This report - the third in the Golden Thread series - is published at a time where many of the certainties in place when this research was conducted no longer exist. At the time of writing, the coronavirus looks like it will have a long tail of implications. APM's The Golden Thread research sought to identify the size and contribution of projects and project management to the UK economy and society. Following highly positive feedback and numerous requests for further information particularly for regional and sectorial detail, APM commissioned PwC Research to undertake a second phase to build on the original study.  Our attention turns to some of the sectors where project management skills are increasingly being utilised to run projects more effectively, efficiently…
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“Participatory methods” during project identification

“Participatory methods” during project identification

Project DPro, Project Management
During the project identification and design may organisations fall in the trap of the conventional research as it is thought that the researcher is the expert and knows more through the extensive experience that he/she has. Mostly, this method of research will result to the failure of the project to achieve its purpose and Goal as the thoughts of the users, beneficiaries and targeted communities were eliminated from the beginning to know their needs and how to respond to. The participatory learning action-PLA research method is a set of actions that are done at the beginning of the project to investigate more about the core problem, assess the current situation and define the possible solutions and interventions that could help the targeted communities. All of those actions should be done…
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