Project Management for Development

The IDB is committed to sharing knowledge on economic and social development topics by offering highly rated online and face-to-face courses as well as open educational resources. It has also developed a series of Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs), available here at IDBx. The list of available courses, some of which are being developed in partnership with leading universities, will continue to grow over time.


Learn best practices to manage government projects that promote economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Governments, public institutions, development agencies, and others who promote economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean often struggle to turn proposals into concrete realities that increase social well-being and achieve results within the available time with scarce resources.

This course provides concepts and tools to apply in project management that can generate a substantial change in the way objectives are being met. This MOOC seeks to strengthen participants' capacities in project management for development so that government projects in the region can be effectively and efficiently executed.

This project management MOOC includes case studies that will help you better understand key project management concepts and tools; presentations from Project Management Professional (PMP)® certified with ample experience in the topic; discussion forums; and selected readings.

The Project Management for Results (PM4R) methodology, developed by IDB's Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES), serves as a conceptual base for this course. PM4R's contents are based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013.

Although these best practices have been present for many years in corporate projects, the IDB has led its progressive inclusion in the public sector and in development projects, contributing to the construction of realities that improve lives.

INDES as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) has been approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® to issue 30 professional development units (PDUs) if you earn the verified certificate in this course.

The estimated dedication to complete this course is 6 hours per week, for 5 weeks. However, through the self-paced mode you will have the flexibility to take the course for a maximum of 8 months, from March 8th, 2018 to November 14th, 2018.

The preparation of this course was financed by the Institutional Capacity Strengthening Fund (ICSF), thanks to the contribution of the Government of the People's Republic of China.

PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

You learn:

Basic project management concepts and techniques
Tools and key tactics that facilitate good communication
Project management international standards and tools
How to identify success factors based on experiences​

No prerequisites
Cost: there is no cost for registering for the course, participate and access all instructional material. Certificate: If you want to obtain a certificate, the cost is US$ 49.00
7 Hours per week
Course Type: 
N°1. Module 1: Project charter
N°2. Module 2: Scope planning tools (WBS)
N°3. Module 3: Time management tool (network diagram)
N°4. Module 4: Cost management tool (Scurve)
N°5. Module 5: Procurement management tool (procurement matrix)
N°6. Module 6: Risk management tool (risk matrix)
N°7. Module 7: Communications management tool (communications matrix)
N°8. Module 8: Human resource management tool (RACI matrix)
N°9. Module 9: Project control tool

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