Making the world better one project at a time.
Donors, NGOs, partners, and communities increasingly collaborate on projects that require new communication tools and frameworks.
Donors and communities require transparency about project outcomes and other key metrics.
NGOs and their partners are increasingly more accountable to deliver projects on-time and on-budget.
PMD Pro provides a common and contextualized vocabulary and framework specifically for managing development projects.
The PMD Pro Guide and online learning modules are a free learning resource for the development community. Certification in PMD Pro levels 1 or 2 costs as little as $22 per person.
With online course guides in 6 languages, PMD Pro reaches professionals wherever they work. Over 77% of those certified are from developing countries.
LINGOs (currently Humentum) 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.
With feedback from that initial testing and additional funding from APMG, the PMD Pro Guide and PMD Pro Certification scheme were developed and launched in 2010 in Johannesburg and Zambia. Since that launch over 24,000 individuals in over 159 countries have participated in the PMD Pro certification.
In 2011, the ownership of the PMD Pro Guide and certification were turned over to a new organization PM4NGOs to maintain and expand the standard.
At that time, LINGOs began to offer training and consulting services to organizations and individuals interested in adopting PMD Pro tools and techniques. In order to more rapidly spread the PMD Pro methodology, LINGOs has also trained several organizations to deliver the PMD Pro courses and have provided materials for trainers at no cost to anyone interested in conducting PMD Pro certification preparation classes.
NGOs using PMD Pro report reduced delays because PMD Pro tools help development staff define project risks and goals, assess progress, and efficiently delegate work.
NGOs using PMD Pro report improved cost management, enhanced donor reporting, and more confident project and program staff.
Project stakeholders report benefits from increased transparency, common vocabulary and improved project outcomes.
—Craig Redmond, Senior Vice President of Programs, Mercy Corps
“We now have the space to look at wider issues, at project growth or future initiatives, without compromising the logical delivery of the project.” — Adriana Garcia-DeVun America’s Director of Program
“I recommend PMD Pro because it really helps staff to understand where to focus their efforts. It also benefits their team, who can sometimes feel overwhelmed at the beginning of a project.” —Jennifer Overton Deputy Regional Director, East Africa
“PMD Pro is the best thing to have happened to project management. It is the reason why kids in Zambia have clean water, why clinics are built on time, and why a poor farmer is able to harvest”. —Clement Chipokolo World Vision International, Zambia
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