In mid-2016, PUM adopted its new Strategic Plan 2017-2020, which coincided with the start of a new CEO on 1 July 2016. The new Strategic Plan takes as point of departure the changing landscape of international development, which confronts an organisation such as PUM with new challenges but also offers new opportunities. Several important trends impact on PUM, including the current policy priorities set by the Dutch Government for funding in the areas of poverty alleviation and private sector development, the rise of Aid and Trade, and the global agenda captured in the Sustainable Development Goals. The new Strategy set out how PUM aims to adapt to a new environment whilst remaining a credible and reliable partner in development.
- Forging partnerships with diverse stakeholders to create synergies in the implementation of programmes directed at promoting SMEs and an enabling environment;
- Strengthening PUM’s impact on key priorities of Dutch development policy (including working towards food security, promoting gender equality, and combating youth unemployment);
- Aiming for a more diverse composition of its pool of knowledgeable volunteers, including female experts, diaspora and youth professionals; and
- Diversifying its funding base towards 25% non-DGIS-DDE funding.
Based on this Strategic Plan and a formal proposal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS-DDE), PUM was granted a new subsidy in December 2016 for a period of four years. The Minister for Trade and International Cooperation emphasised in a personal explanation that PUM is expected to concentrates its activities on a compact portfolio of countries and sectors with particular attention to the least developed countries. Countries which do not feature on the list of the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) are not eligible for subsidies, which requires PUM to make clear and strategic choices.
How the Strategic Plan will play out in 2017 and the years to come will be further explained in ‘a glimpse into the future’
Foster increased collaboration with third parties, especially for the implementation of programmes;
Address the key priorities of Dutch policy, notably food security and youth unemployment; and
Evolve to a diverse community of knowledgeable volunteers, including female experts, diaspora and young professionals.