The program impact must be greater than the sum of its projects

A Program Manager has a vital role in the success of an organization. If we think about the purpose of a Program Manager, it is to link the strategic management team with the Project Managers through an intentional set of activities and objectives.

PM4NGOs’ Program Management for Development Professionals Guide (Program DPro Guide) provides Program Managers with advice, tools, and guidance and assist them in more effectively fulfilling their role, whether that be at the local, regional, or international levels. 

The objective of this Guide is to outline the responsibilities inherent in the role of the person or people responsible for managing programs and their project components. The advice and tools in the guide are not static and can be adapted and applied to suit a wide range of programs and organizational structures.

Download the Program DPro Guide at no cost at the links below. Please observe the Creative Commons indicated in the guide and read the Terms, Conditions, and Reference for using our methodologies and content.


This translation to French was sponsored and possible thanks to Mercy Corps.




This quick guide is a brief introduction to the PM4NGOs’ Guide to Program Management for Development Professionals to help you decide if this approach is suitable for you, your team and your organization.

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