Project Management in Developing Countries

Project management is an advancing professional discipline. There are specific industry standards buttressed on common fundamental principles. Today, it is common for high performing global organizations that have high project management maturity to have dedicated Project Management Offices (PMOs) and their proprietary methodologies, standards, and guidelines.


Certifications for practitioners are offered by internationally recognized associations like Project Management Institute (PMI) and International Project Management Association (IPMA). PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP) and IPMA's 4 Level competence based certification through their national associations are well recognized by employers.


Another internationally common certification is PRINCE2 (an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments), a de facto process-based method for effective project management. Used extensively by the UK Government, PRINCE2 is also widely recognized and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. The PRINCE2 method is in the public domain, and offers non-proprietorial best practice guidance on project management.


For NGO professionals, PMD Pro and PgMD Pro are certifications offered by PM4NGOs. They are developed with experts from several of the world’s best-known and highly regarded non-governmental organizations. These certifications are accredited by APMG-International, a global examination institute.

As organizations in all sectors become more competitive, the leaders at the helm of projects have to stay abreast with the advancement in their profession. They have a duty to their fellow team members and themselves to possess requisite knowledgeable and skillsets.


Certification is one of many ways to continuously develop and be recognized in the profession of managing projects.