Sida’s International Training Programmes are open to candidates from low- and middle income countries. The aim is to support and strengthen the participants own plans for change on organizational and sectoral levels and should not be regarded as individual competence training.
The methodology is based on the assumption that participating countries wish to carry out changes and are willing to invest own resources to achieve these changes. Training is focused on support to the participants own plans or projects for change. Against this background, the training programmes are designed for persons qualified to participate in reform processes and holds a position in the home organisation with mandate to run processes of change.
The programmes cover areas of strategic importance to the social, environmental and economic development of co-operating countries and are based on identified priorities and needs. In the long-term perspective, the programmes shall contribute to institutional strengthening and capacity development in the co-operating countries.
Commissioned by Sida, the training programmes are organised by Swedish public authorities, universities, private companies and NGOs. Check out the ITP training schedule.
A multi -phase programme
In most cases, the programmes starts with a 3-4 weeks training in Sweden. The participants review and get started with their plans for change supervised by skilled Swedish colleagues and experts in a mixture of lectures, workshops, process oriented work and study visits. Six months later a follow-up meeting takes place in one of the participating countries. Exchange of experiences and lessons learned concerning implementation of the plans for change dominates this phase that concludes the training programme. Support from the programme organisers are given during the entire programme period.
In many programmes, the participants form networks in order to keep contact after the training has been concluded. These networks can be both global, regional and/or national and also include participants for every year the programme is open.
All who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a certificate stating details of the training undertaken.