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1 WELCOME to the presentation on Dutch development cooperation s higher education programmes 8 March 2010

2 Nuffic Netherlands organization for international cooperation in higher education. Founded in 1952 by the Dutch universities Independent foundation; not for profit organization National agency for MoECS and EU Contracts with FA and other commissioners Annual turn over appr. 175 million euro HQ in The Hague, 10 offices abroad 210 staff in NL; 50 abroad 4 directorates: Communication, Knowledge & Innovation, Management Support, Capacity Building & Scholarships

3 Contract with the Ministry Foreign Affairs, Minister for Development Cooperation Programme management of the higher education programmes via a European call for tender in 2008 Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE) Start programmes mid Oct 2008 end Dec Programmes budget > 300 million for the full period

4 Netherlands Fellowship Programmes NFP

5 NFP Policy Framework Objective: to contribute to capacity building via HRD within organizations in 61countries Target group: mid career professionals Priorities: Roles: 50% of scholarships to women 50% of budget to SubSahara Africa identified target groups per country Candidates, Employers, Embassies, Institutions, Nuffic

6 NFP annual budget Modality Numbers Budget Master Degree Programmes Short Courses PhD Degree Programme Refresher Courses Total

7 Challenges Digitalizationof application process Fullfilment of respective roles by stakeholders Achievement of policy principles Alignment with policies

8 Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education (Post secondary education, including TVET)

9 Objective: Sustainable strengthening of postsecondary education and training in 23 countries. Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia. Target organizations: Institutions for post-secondary education, TVET institutions, Ministries, National Commissions, Councils, (branch) organizations, NGOs, Private sector organizations.

10 Policy principles 1 Technical assistance programme Local problems solved locally = local ownership Demand driven process approach Alignment with national sectoral policies and bilateral policies & programmes Harmonization with other donor programmes Coherence and co-operation among NICHE projects (per sector)

11 Policy principles 2 Attention for gender and labour market needs Modern forms of capacity building Organizational learning approach Steering towards outputs and outcomes Use of regional and local expertise

12 Key questions! What are the critical capacity gaps NICHE can fill in to help achieving the Governmental & Embassy objectives and strategic results in selected sectors in the country? What are the expected contributions (outcomes) from NICHE interventions in the medium to long term in achieving the Governmental / MASP strategic plans?

13 NICHE process

14 Needs identification Collecting and analyzing relevant documents and existing policies Country visits Working agreement EKN Nuffic Identification of sectors, areas, themes, local authorities and other stakeholders and donors Programme Outline with objectives, outcomes, baseline, gender, labour market indicators

15 Outputs of Needs identification 1. Signed working agreement between Embassy and Nuffic 2. Signed Programme Outline between Embassy and National Authority, published on website 3. Sectoral Plans of Implementation signed between EKN and National Authority 4. Possible requesting partner organizations identified

16 Matching demand and supply 1. Project outline is published 2. NL organizations, in consortium with local / regional providers, submit project proposals 3. Tender Evaluation Committee assesses proposals 4. Grant is awarded, if needed conditionally 5. Partners observe an inception period for adapting the project proposal. Result will be approved as the final project document.

17 Project implementation 1. Implementing partners are both responsible for the project implementation 2. Develop annual workplans together 3. Report jointly about the achievements (indicators for realization of objectives, outputs and outcomes) in the annual report 4. Regular communication with Nuffic

18 Monitoring and evaluation 1. N & S organizations monitor own progress & quality 2. Nuffic visits the projects to check progress 3. Nuffic monitors at project & programme level 4. MFA monitors at programme level and organizes a programme evaluation 5. EKN monitors at programme outline/policy level 6. Country and project evaluations are organized by Nuffic.

19 Responsibilities Nuffic - 1 Consultation with EKN, local authorities & stakeholders on implementation of NICHE Organize the demand articulation Consultation of stakeholders / organization of stakeholders meetings Arranging for a final PO & PoI per country Organising the call for tenders in the NL Awarding grants

20 Responsibilities Nuffic - 2 External monitoring of projects progress Contracting consultants for external evaluations) Reporting on programme progress to MFA & EKN Organisation of (thematic) seminars in the countries & the Netherlands Communication on NICHE Supervise the learning organization approach

21 Specific issues 1 No role for NL institutions during identification and articulation phases Full coverage of expenses Financial bid counts for 25% in assessment One bidder one bid principle PWC could advise Southern partners on rules SIU / Nuffic set up donor platform in April 2010

22 Thank you very much for your attention

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