Swedish Pentecostal churches have been working with social development in Sweden and internationally since the beginning of the 20th century. The Swedish Pentecostal Movement has around 84,000 members at 477 local churches, making it one of Sweden’s largest popular movements.
In 1965 the Pentecostal churches founded PMU to manage international development efforts funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
PMU is now part of the Pentecostal Alliance of Independent Churches (Pingst ffs), which consists of a national and an international section (Pingst Nationellt / Pingst Internationellt). Within the international section, in addition to PMU, there are other entities with responsibility for areas such as church work, theological training and communications. PMU is solely responsible for social development work and humanitarian assistance.
For more than 40 years PMU has developed cooperation with local Pentecostal churches in Sweden and in developing countries, as well as with other development organisations in both the public and private sectors. PMU is one of Sida’s sixteen Frame Organisations and has its own agreement with Sida.
PMU is led by Director Niclas Lindgren.
The Project Manual was written primarily for Swedish churches and local partners who are currently working with or would like to begin working with PMU.
The purpose of the manual is to facilitate the management of projects primarily financed by Sida or the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO). The manual is a steering document and provides advice on many different aspects of project management – from ideas for new projects to the presentation of project results.
It describes several types of project support in development cooperation and humanitarian work. The first section describes PMU’s value foundation and the attitude and approach that are to permeate all activities carried out with PMU support. Our relationships and the way in which we treat and describe others are important and impact to what degree we succeed in reaching our common goals.
PMU’s work methods are primarily based on an interactive learning process. We aim to be a learning organisation in which dialogue takes centre stage. This means using what we learn in discussions with our partners to constantly re-examine our actions and methods. We strive to understand how everything fits together in a process in which we are continuously influencing each other. Our Project Manual is therefore a fluid document that is updated on an ongoing basis. The rules and guidelines we currently apply are based on instructions from Sida and ECHO, as well as on our practical experience.