The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) offers Advanced International Training Programmes (ITPs) as part of its global development assistance of strategic importance to the social, environmental and economic development. ITP 313d will focus on building human capacity in Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources – in Support of Innovation.

ITP 313d will offer a unique opportunity to have a direct dialogue with different stakeholders and their organizations. Unique on-site study visits, scientific lectures and direct interactions with their practical GR and IP rights operations will enable the participants to gain a first-hand understanding of practical questions and solutions, develop their change projects and future collaborations and support networks with the other stakeholders.

Who should apply?

The programme is open for applicants from the following countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

It is directed to persons that are policy-makers with a mandate to implement changes relevant for intellectual property and innovation in relation to genetic resources. The target organisations are within government, research, businesses and organisations connected to intellectual property and the farming sector. Participating organisations are expected to be open to change and to invest their own resources to achieve these changes.

The programme consists of five phases:

The first phase is a preparatory phase where the participants prepare a 3–4-page country report containing an analysis and review of the intellectual property system in relation to genetic resources and innovation in the agricultural and other sectors from the perspective of their respective organisation.

The second phase consists of a three-week training in Stockholm: 12 November – December 1, 2017. The training will be carried out through e.g. lectures, discussions, case studies, practical work, and study visits. Considerable time will be devoted to the country report giving a background to the situation in the respective participants’ country and to the country project.

The third phase takes place in the participants’ home organisations where they are expected to implement the project they have selected in phase one and have discussed with Swedish and international experts during the second phase of the Training Programme. Mentors will be assigned for each of the projects and support through electronic means.

The fourth phase will consist of a 5-day follow-up meeting in one of the target regions: 24–29 June, 2018. Participant projects will be presented.

The fifth phase is the work with the project after the follow-up meeting. Each training program cycle will end six months after the follow up when each participant will be requested to report on the implementation or status of the country project and answer a short questionnaire.

All training will be conducted in English.

Costs

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will cover all costs related to all programme phases except personal expenses, visa fees or any local airport taxes and departure fees.

Last day for application is September 4, 2017

The programme is a great opportunity for organisations to strengthen, adapt and maintain capacity to define and achieve short- as well as long-term goals.

Only candidates nominated by an appropriate organisation and in accordance with national rules will be considered.

Please find more information about the programme here and the application form here.

Expiry date: Sunday, 24 September, 2017
Institution: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)