New DFC Roster offers Opportunities for Danish Embassies and Partners

21-06-16
Daniel la Cour from COWI and DFC Director, Anne Christensen, shake hands after signing a Framework Agreement
Daniel la Cour from COWI and DFC Director, Anne Christensen, shake hands after signing a Framework Agreement

Through the DFC Roster of Capacity Development Support Providers more than 120 skilled professionals from six different consortia are ready to assist embassies and partner organizations.

By Maya Lindberg Brink, DFC Capacity Development Advisor

On June 10th 2016, Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) launched its new Roster of Capacity Development Support Providers.

At the event, DFC’s Director, Anne Christensen, signed framework agreements with six consortia covering more than 120 skilled professionals, all of whom have longstanding experience in capacity development.

For many years, DFC has successfully offered courses targeting Danida partner organisations and their employees.
Since 2014, under the Danida Capacity Development Support Programme (DCDSP), DFC now also supports more comprehensive organizational capacity development solutions.

From planning to evaluation

Options for DFC support to Danish Embassies and Danida partners under DCDSP cover all stages of the capacity development process – from the planning of capacity development initiatives, over their implementation and management – to the evaluation of and continued learning from these.

Since the DCDSP was initiated, there has been an increased interest from both Embassies and partners to draw on the many opportunities for capacity development support through DFC.

One example is DFC’s ongoing collaboration with the Danish Embassy in Ghana and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). In 2015, DFC was asked to support the restructuring of GRA’s training and development department as part of an ongoing institutional reform process. DFC has since helped the partner pin down the exact needs and opportunities and matched these with expert support from its external network of providers. DFC has now been contracted by the Embassy to manage the related contract and quality assurance on their behalf.

Prompt and solid solutions

To continue to respond quickly to requests, DFC began a comprehensive tendering process in 2015 to establish a formal list of experts in the field of capacity development to complement DFC’s own Capacity Development Advisors – and the DFC Roster is now a reality.

“We hope the Roster will further strengthen DFC’s ability to contribute with prompt and solid solutions to support capacity development initiatives as part of Denmark’s development assistance now and in the future”, said DFC Capacity Development Advisor, Maya Lindberg Brink, at the launch.

With the combined expertise of more than 15 organizations, the Roster is also expected to yield useful learnings and lead to new and improved ways of doing capacity development.

For more information

COST OF SUPPORT

Preparatory work to identify CD needs and options – ‘free of charge’ for the embassy/partner organization

Additional support – invoiced as agreed between DFC and the embassy/partner organization

Tailor-made learning programmes/study tours – actual activity costs, incl. 7% OH

Limited co-funding from DFC is available for CD activities of strategic importance

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