The programme portfolio for 2015 features less programmes than previous years. This is due to new developments and new services to be offered as a consequence of the launch of Danida Capacity Development Support Programme (DCDSP), which replaced Danida Fellowship Programme (DFP) earlier in 2014.
By Lars Pedersen, Capacity Development Advisor
Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) hereby presents the programme portfolio for 2015.
In comparison to 2014, the number of short courses has been significantly decreased in order to allow for development and implementation of new and innovative learning approaches and modalities to support capacity development activities in Danish development cooperation engagements as outlined in the policy for Danida Capacity Development Support Programme (DCDSP).
The portfolio has been prepared considering the following key criteria:
• Reflection of the Strategy for Denmark’s Development Cooperation, The Right to a Better Life (2012). The Strategy presents four strategic priorities: Human rights and democracy, green growth, social progress, and stability and protection
• Programmes demonstrate a human rights-based approach to Danish development cooperation which is translated into four main principles for all Danish development cooperation engagement: Participation, accountability, non-discrimination and transparency.
The proposed 2015 programme portfolio and the decision on which courses to continue and which to omit is based on the following two criteria:
1. Which existing courses are in high demand: Such courses are annually revised in order to encompass recent thematic developments as well as recommendations from former participants and their programmes?
2. Which courses are new or re-tendered: These are based on needs expressed through Danish development cooperation engagements and/or Embassies in priority countries.
Wide variety of courses
In line with the strengths of Danida Fellowship Programme (DFP) to address cross-cutting sector specific themes in relation to the public sector and to mainstreaming of policy issues, the 2015 DCDSP programme portfolio includes a wide variety of courses in public sector management as well as cross-cutting issues, e.g. gender, climate change, and sustainable development.
In addition to need-based courses for the public sector and civil society, the 2015 programme portfolio will also include a continued provision of short courses for participants from the private sector. These will mainly focus on thematic areas relevant for business development and growth.
Please refer to the DFC website where the schedule for 2015 is available. The 2015 schedule is constantly updated with course dates and descriptions.
New opportunities in DCDSP for tailored organisational support
Embassies, programmes, and development partners are advised to explore the potential of DCDSP as an instrument in capacity development process at partner level in development programmes funded by Danida. DCDSP can provide organizational and institutional learning through tailored activities to deliver capacity changes according to the partners’ own plans and strategies.
Embassies, programmes and development partners are most welcome to contact DFC with a view to linking partner institutions in the global South to the opportunities and possibilities of utilizing the DCDSP for the development of tailored support to capacity development processes.
Co-funding for Private Sector Participation in DCDSP to be introduced in 2015
From 2015, private sector participation on short courses will be dependent on the provision of co-funding to the amount of DKK 2,500 per person per week for courses in Denmark and DKK 1,500 per person per week for courses in developing countries. These co-funding requirements are the same as have been required throughout for participation from public sector and civil society.