PROMAN has gained a leading position as a supplier of high quality services in a number of core sectors. Principal areas of specialisation relate to human and social development and governance.

PROMAN's core sectors of specialisation include:


The education sector is one of PROMAN’s core fields of specialisation. The sector embraces pre-school through primary, secondary and higher education, including classroom teaching and learning and extends to forms such as lifelong learning, distance learning and e-learning. PROMAN provides advice at the central government and at the decentralised level but also directly to educational institutes and schools. Particular attention is paid to quality education and inclusion including special needs education, education for girls, and for vulnerable and marginalised children.

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Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

TVET needs to ensure that educational and training systems produce students at different levels whose skills and qualifications respond to the realities of the labour market. TVET has gained (and rightfully so) a prominent place on the development agenda and PROMAN is keen to contribute to this process, having successfully worked at both training institute and at national policy levels.

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Labour market and employment

Labour market and employment issues are closely linked to policies in macroeconomics, development, trade and investment, as well as to poverty reduction. There is an increasing tendency towards a global employment agenda, putting productive employment at the centre of development and poverty reduction policies. Human resource development (HRD) determines the pace and direction any society’s progress and its people’s well-being. PROMAN actively works on issues around employability, both on supply (education and skill development) and demand sides (characteristics of the labour market, labour market settings/management, job creation) and their interaction.

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Social inclusion and protection

Social protection can play a key role in reducing poverty and vulnerability. By increasing equity and providing protection against risk, social protection can support poverty reduction and inclusive growth, as well as supporting social cohesion and stability. The prioritisation of social inclusion and social protection in development cooperation has gained increasing importance in the light of the global financial and economic crisis. PROMAN is active in supporting developing countries in creating and strengthening social inclusion and assistance policies and systems.

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Enhancement of the role of civil society

Civil society organisations (including NGOs) are vital partners for decision-makers, as they are best placed to know their community’s development needs. Applying innovative approaches to improve dialogue with these organisations is essential. PROMAN’s experience focuses also on capacity building and networking of civil society and the broader set of non-state actors (NSAs).

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Decentralisation and local development

Decentralisation has been put forward as a powerful tool to reduce poverty and improve governance. PROMAN’s expertise covers the spectrum of policy development, legislation, accountability, support to local authorities, community based development and the development and implementation of local multi-sector development strategies.

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Regional cooperation

Regional cooperation programmes foster (sub)-regional integration leading to economic growth and poverty alleviation as well as the development of “South-South” country relations. PROMAN works with various regional organisations providing support with the implementation of regional programmes fostering regional economic integration or addressing common challenges such as the sustainable management of natural resources.

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Public finance management

Strong public financial management (PFM) systems are essential for effective and sustainable economic management and public service delivery. States are effective and accountable when they are underpinned by good PFM institutions and systems. PROMAN’s core expertise focuses on assessment, diagnosis and reform of PFM; and on budgeting (e.g. policy, planning, preparation, execution, reporting and audit).

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Aid planning, management and coordination

Since 2003, there has been a continuous effort towards modernising, deepening and broadening development cooperation and the effective delivery of aid. The high-level forums of Rome, Paris, Accra and Busan have led to the formulation of principles towards effective development aid. PROMAN has unrivalled experience in ACP and other countries in the provision of technical assistance and capacity building related to aid programming, management and coordination.

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