PUM was full in the development modus in 2018. Much of our attention and resources have been devoted to the introduction and adoption of a programmatic approach and on programme development, often in collaboration with partners.
In 2018 we were awarded an additional subsidy by The Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs that allows us to accelerate and deepen our programmatic approach. That particularly relates to key issues that correspond to the realities that the countries encounter in which PUM works and align with the Dutch development cooperation policy, such as food security, youth employment & entrepreneurship and International Corporate Social Responsibility.
Whether it is a local organization or international partner, collaboration with others is for PUM key in successfully applying a programmatic approach. In 2018 we have developed and strengthened several programme partnerships for various purposes, such as for funding, management capacity and expertise. Examples of programme partnerships include BiD Network (Access to Finance), IOM (diaspora entrepreneurship, see partnership above), Cordaid (poultry), ILO (horticulture), CBI (textile & leather, tourism), AAIN (incubators), SNV (diary) and key representatives of the Dutch private sector such as Achmea, Equinix and ATOS (health care, IT).
Alongside several ongoing programmes, our efforts and investment of resources (knowledge, networks, people) have resulted in 2018 in a number of newly initiated programmes, with many more in the pipeline. PUM is currently involved in the development and implementation of around 40 programmes (see map below).