IPMA International Project Management Association
24 March 2017 / 3:44

Can Project Management Transform Our World?

In September 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Each target has a set of indicators to follow up on achievement.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) number one ambition is to end poverty. Poverty in all its forms everywhere. The SDGs are the result of a wide range of consultations between governments, businesses and NGOs around the world. Only if we all play our part as citizens can we implement the SDGs.

As an individual I can contribute to the SDG by choosing public transport over my own private car. I can save energy by replacing inefficient lighting and turning off the lights when I leave home. But changing light bulbs will not suffice to reach the development goals nor curb the rising temperature.

Private sector companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) can advance each of the SDGs.

As a professional, I can make time to give back some of the skills that I gained through education and training. When a friend, Fahri Akdemir, asked if I was interested in being part of the IPMA Coaching for Development (IPMA C4D) team, I was looking to join a non-profit board. It seemed only natural to take that step. IPMA Coaching for Development has a mission to empower local NGOs.

NGOs and social entrepreneurs are seen by experts as doing the most to advance the goals. I believe that through IPMA C4D I can contribute to achieving the goals.

IPMA C4D improves the project management capacity of NGO staff through individual project management coaching.

We, the IPMA C4D team, selected a number of SDG goals to focus on. Goal 3 and goal 6 are two of them.

Goal 3 (good health and well-being) includes strengthened capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks. NGOs staff in developing countries need coaching for facing health risks.

Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation) calls for universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all. In many parts of the world, the clean water and sanitation work is carried out by grass roots organisations.

IPMA Coaching for Development will empower NGOs globally to achieve their mission in the most effective way. By doing this, IPMA Coaching for Development will deliver on the SDGs. If your organization is interested, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us via [email protected], or come and talk to us at IPMA Council of the Delegates meeting.


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Sandra Misic

Author of this post

Sandra currently works as Assistant to the IPMA President and Executive Director. Since joining IPMA in 2012, Sandra worked in FMCG sector for Procter&Gamble. She holds Master in Economics from Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. After graduation she continued at the same University the doctoral programme in Business Economics. Her particular research interest is behavioral economics.