The Challenge

NGOs excel at designing important, life-changing projects. Yet without the tools to manage them properly, some projects fail to deliver promised results. How can we respond as a sector to do the right projects in the right way?



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.

Developed by and for NGOs, PMD Pro is a global standard for project management that has reached over 16,000 development professionals.


The Solution

PMD Pro – Project Management for Development Professionals – is a toolkit and certification that provides project managers the skills needed to deliver effective, transparent results to donors and communities.



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 $20 per person.



With online course guides in 6 languages, PMD Pro reaches professionals wherever they work. Over 80% of those certified are from developing countries.

Impact where it matters most: 80% of PMD Pro participants work in a developing country.


The Benefits

On Time

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.

On Budget

NGOs using PMD Pro report improved cost management, enhanced donor reporting, and more confident project and program staff.

Proven Results

Project stakeholders report benefits from increased transparency, common vocabulary and improved project outcomes.

If we don't do project management right, nothing else is possible. PMD Pro and Mercy Corps' own Program Management at Mercy Corps Initiative are finally giving us a common language that has been missing for many years.

—Craig Redmond, Senior Vice President of Programs, Mercy Corps


Case Studies

UNICEF, World Vision, Catholic Relief Services, CARITAS, Mercy Corps, Greenpeace, Heifer International, Plan International, Aga Khan Foundation, Save the Children and other international, national and local organizations are using PMD Pro to improve the way they manage projects.


Heifer International

“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 Programs


→ Read the Case Study


Catholic Relief Services

“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


→ Read the Case Study


World Vision Int.

“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


→ Read the Case Study

International, national, and local NGOs using PMD Pro report more effective project deliveries. What could PMD Pro do for your projects?


Get Involved

Tested and proven, the PMD Pro approach maximizes the impact of development projects. Start applying it to your projects.

Become Certified

Download the guide, study online and take your exam.

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