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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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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Creating a common project language

Creating a common project language

Case Studies, PM4NGOs, Project DPro, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project DPro Guide
Claudia Ovalle of Guatamala’s Highland Women’s Association (AMA) explains how Project DPro has transformed their work. In 2007, we secured funding from a donor organization for a new project. But as we started work, we realized that we had not given enough thought to planning its initial stages. We needed to clarify our objectives and to write better proposals, so we decided to look at Project DPro. Three of us attended a Project DPro training course and two of us passed the Project DPro 1 certificate. We shared what we had learned with other AMA staff because we felt that it was important to communicate with each other using a common language about projects. Project DPro has been useful in helping us to identify different project phases and to understand…
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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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Reshaping Project Implementation through Project DPro Online Training

Reshaping Project Implementation through Project DPro Online Training

Humanitarian Sector, PM4NGOs, Project DPro, Project DPro
This article has been originally published at Humentum AUTHORS: Zsuzsanna Ujhelyi, Josephina Blumberg, Ann Karau VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) has partnered with Humentum for the last two years to host tailored Project Management for Development Professionals online workshops (Project DPro) complemented by VSO-specific materials. VSO wanted to professionalise their project management methodology and standardise it across the organization by shifting organisational practices and setting up the infrastructure to support staff across functional areas. As they enter into their third and final training of 2020, Josephina Blumberg reached out to them to take a moment to reflect and discuss lessons learned. Continue reading
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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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Can development projects be Agile?

Can development projects be Agile?

Development Sector, Project DPro, Project DPro
What is the potential of Agile Project Management for the development and humanitarian sectors? This article investigates the compatibility between Project DPro and Agile PM. The extent to which Agile PM could be useful in the humanitarian and development sectors remains largely unexplored. Originally conceived as a solution to problems presented by the traditional management of projects in software development, Agile has expanded to other sectors, and, in theory at least, can be used in any context. Continue reading
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Project Risk Identification and Management Post-Covid-19

Project Risk Identification and Management Post-Covid-19

COVID-19, Project DPro, Project DPro, Project Management
This is the third in a series of articles looking at the effects of Covid-19 on project management in the development and humanitarian sectors. For the second article in the series, visit: Schedule and Time Management Post-Covid-19 Identification and management of risk is intrinsic and non-negotiable in project management, and certainly one area that will be irrevocably changed by the current health crisis. I believe we will change not the way in which risk is identified and assessed, but rather our relationship with risk. Continue reading
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Projects In Uncontrolled Environments

Projects In Uncontrolled Environments

Development Sector, Program Management, Project DPro, Project DPro
Peter Marlow, PM4NGOs Board Member, discusses at this PM Today article the unique challenges of managing projects in the humanitarian and development sectors and how a training and certification scheme called Project DPro that’s celebrating its 10th anniversary this year is making a big difference. He explains why it’s needed, how it’s put into practice, and how you can help. “Operations keep the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward.” – Joy Gumz Read the full article at the PM Today website.
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