Several international development agencies organize and fund training programmes and courses including degree and diploma courses for civil society representatives from developing countries. Usually, the overall objective of such training programmes and courses is to build the capacity of people from low- and middle-income regions around the world and those who have poor access to education and skills in their own countries.
These programmes cover a wide range of topics from agriculture, environment, health, youth empowerment, child rights, gender, education, startups, economic empowerment and public governance. Individuals interested in these fields and representing civil society are encouraged to apply for these courses. Full and partial scholarships are available to cover travel and accommodation for selected participants to attend these programmes.
Depending on the type of training programme, the location can be in a country where the international development agency is headquartered or in the country where participants reside mostly.
Here we take a look at 12 upcoming international training programmes and courses funded by Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation) and MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.
MASHAV has an extensive programmes of cooperation throughout the developing world with the aim of ensuring social, economic and environmentally sustainable development. Since its establishment, MASHAV has trained close to 270,000 course participants from approximately 132 countries in Israel and abroad and has developed dozens of demonstration projects worldwide. MASHAV’s programs encourage trainees to find their own solutions to problems and adapt them to their respective cultural and social values, economic potential, natural resources and regional priorities.
Sida’s International Training Programmes are open to candidates from low- and middle-income countries. The aim is to support and strengthen the participants’ 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 their own resources to achieve these changes. Capacity development is focused on support to the participants’ own plans or projects for change. This is why the training programmes are designed for persons qualified to participate in reform processes and who holds a position in their home organization with the 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 cooperating countries.
Each of the training programmes has different ways (and different deadlines) of accepting application forms from interested applicants. For example, to apply to attend MASHAV’s training courses, you need to submit your application form to your nearest Israeli Embassy before the deadline. For Sida’s training programmes you may have to apply to the training institute directly. Follow instructions given under each training programme.
To know more about these training programs and how to apply and attend them, click on the ‘next’ link below.