PM4NGO’s history not only starts with but also resemble PMD Pro history.
In 2011, LINGOs created PM4NGO’s to became the guardian of PMD Pro. The ownership of the certification and Guide to PMD Pro were turned over to PM4NGOs to maintain and expand the standard.
LINGOs 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 14,000 individuals in over 140 countries have participated in the PMD Pro certification.