nfp_npt 2003 december by dffhrtcv3


									  NFP-NPT                                               Newsletter
The Netherlands Fellowship
Programmes (NFP)
                                                        December edition of the Newsletter will be devoting attention to the
The Netherlands Programme for                           memorandum and the possible consequences of the new country list
                                                        for the NFP and NPT programmes. In the coming months, the Minister
the Institutional Strengthening of                      is expected to nominate seven new NPT countries from the new coun-
Post-secondary Education and                            try list.

Training Capacity (NPT)                                 With the New Year celebrations already in the offing, December is
                                                        traditionally a time to reflect on the events that have shaped the year.
                                                        So in two articles we look back at the major achievements of the NPT
  December 2003                                         and NFP programmes. The article on page 7gives an account of the
                                                        NFP throughout the year, while the piece on page 2 provides an
                                                        overall view of the NPT programme.
   New development policy                          2
   NPT: the seedlings appear                       2
   The polytechnics: focus for NPT in Ghana        4    In this edition of the Newsletter, we'll be taking a closer look at the
   Questions and answers on the NPT                4                                        .
                                                        multi-year agreements for the NFP These agreements, which are
   Status of NPT Project outlines and calls for         currently being evaluated alongside the traditional NFP bursary
   tender, December 2003                            5   opportunities, involve arrangements with selected organizations in the
   Column                                           6   NFP countries for a training and education programme that meets the
   NFP going well                                   7   learning needs of the organization as well as the training opportunities
   Introducing officers                             7   in the Netherlands. The multi-year agreements allow a structured
   Tailor-made training proposals, December 2003    8
                                                        approach to increasing the capacity of the organizations. The article
   NFP multi-year agreements                        9
                                                        features Tanzania as an example how the multi-year agreements are
    Multi-year agreements: the case of Tanzania     9
   Publications: NFP Factsheets                     9
   Deadlines and important dates for the NFP       10
   NFP Course list changes                         11   New Calls for Tender were published for NPT projects in Guatemala
   Readers’ reactions and actions                  12   and Mozambique. The NFP and NPT tables showing the status of out-
   The NFP and NPT programmes in brief             13   lines that have been tendered, now includes a column showing who
   Countries eligible for NFP                      14   the tender was awarded to.
   Latest news: Afghanistan added to the List      14
                                                        As well as the regular features, we have also reserved some space in
                                                        this edition for readers' reactions. They show the involvement of the
  New Year’s Eve                                        readers with the programmes and the Newsletter. Readers’ views,
                                                        whether positive or critical, are always extremely important for the
  In November, the Dutch parliament debated             editor as they allow us to give you the reader what you want and
  the memorandum of the Minister for                    expect from the Newsletter.
  Development Cooperation outlining her
  policy for the years to come. Entitled                We are looking forward to a constructive 2004!
  “Mutual interests, mutual responsibilities”
  (original Dutch title: “Aan elkaar verplicht”),
  the key message of the document sets out
  continued efforts to improve the quality and
  efficacy of policy by further concentration
  and increased specialization. This means fewer
  countries and themes, and concentrating on
  the things that the Netherlands is good at. In        Ad Boeren
  concrete terms, the number of countries that
  receive bilateral aid from the Netherlands            Editor
  will be reduced from 49 to 36. This

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New development policy to                                      The new country list and its
                                                               consequences for the NPT
focus on concentration and                                     programme
                                                               The former 19+3 country list will be merged with the
                                                               environment and good governance, human rights and peace-
The cabinet has approved the memorandum 'Mutual                building lists (GMV), resulting in a single list of 36 partner
interests, mutual responsibilities. Development                countries. Bilateral development cooperation will be phased
cooperation en route to 2015', which had been                  out in countries with a comparatively poor record of policy
prepared by the Minister for Development                       and governance, as well as those where Dutch aid has only
Cooperation Agnes van Ardenne. The memorandum                  made a minor contribution. Bilateral Dutch cooperation will
sets out the new principles of Dutch development               also come to an end in the relatively wealthy developing
policy and outlines how the Netherlands intends to             countries such as Peru. As this country had been selected for
deliver its contribution to the internationally agreed         the NPT, this means the end of all NPT activities in Peru. NFP
Millennium Development Goals, which seek to halve              activities will, however, continue. All efforts made in Peru so
the number of people living in poverty by 2015. The            far through the NPT will be factored into the NFP needs
government is now striving towards far-reaching                identification process. Nuffic informed the stakeholders about
integration and coherence in its foreign policy, where         this immediately.
diplomacy, political dialogue and pressure, security
policy and economic policy on trade and market
access will be combined to produce an effective
poverty reduction effort.
Over the next few years, Dutch development policy              NPT: the seedlings appear
will be all about specialization and concentration.
Quality and effectiveness will be enhanced by
concentrating policy more (fewer countries and                 It will take years before the NPT harvest can be reaped. But
themes) and introducing more specialization (doing             the field is looking good. Seeds of cooperation are germinating
what the Netherlands is good at). The number of                everywhere and here and there seedlings have broken
sectors in which the Netherlands cooperates with               through the soil to create patches of green. Here are the
countries will be reduced to no more than three, and           results so far.
the number of policy themes will be limited to five:
education, combating HIV/AIDS, reproductive health
care, the environment and water. Efforts will also be          Ethiopia
focused on improving governance, democracy and
the business climate in each partner country. The              Three NPT project outlines prepared in collaboration with the
number of countries with which the Netherlands has             Ministry of Education in Addis Abbeba were put out to tender
a bilateral aid relationship will be reduced from the          some time ago. They elicited a variety of proposals, two of
current 49 to 36. Most of these countries are in Africa.       which have now been approved by the Tender Evaluation
Education is the number one priority for aid, with             Committee. The purpose of both projects is to provide
15 per cent of the development budget due to be                Ethiopia with better instruments in the area of education
spent on education during the government's current             policy and quality assurance. The names of the projects say it
term of office. The Netherlands intends to maintain            all. One will establish the Quality and Relevance Assurance
and, where possible, extend the education sector               Agency (QRAA), and the other the Ethiopian Higher Education
programmes in its partner countries, in consultation           Strategy Institute (EHESI). The first project will be conducted
with partner governments and other donors.                     by a consortium led by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The
The government is seeking to establish a closer                Dutch partner for the second project is the University of
relationship between peace, security and development           Twente in Enschede. In November Nuffic received four new
and to this end has set up a Stability Fund, due for           project outlines, all of them aimed at improving the teaching
launch on 1 January 2004. Peace, security, migration           methods used at the universities.
and the environment are cross-border issues that
require regional solutions, and with this in mind the          Ghana
government has adopted a regional strategy in two
regions of Africa: the Horn of Africa and the Great            To potential partners in Ghana, it is becoming increasingly
Lakes region. In Europe, the focus of the Netherlands          clear how the NPT can be used for purposes of national
is trained on the Western Balkans, where its regional          development. In July a Ghanaian consultant conducted a
strategy centres on conflict management, security-             preliminary study in collaboration with the Dutch embassy
building and peace mediation.                                  which revealed that the NPT offers possibilities in more sectors
                                                               than those which are the targets of bilateral cooperation: i.e.,
                                                               healthcare and the environment. The study identified a

number of other areas: Conflict management,                                   system and ICT master plans for ten institutions of higher
Teacher-training, Good governance in the context of                           learning'. The same ministry has submitted a second NPT
decentralization, Rural development, Distance educa-                          project outline under the title 'Strengthening the higher
tion, ICT, and Vocational training at the post-secondary                      education management unit to manage the NPT in Yemen'. A
level. On the basis of these findings, a stakeholders'                        Dutch provider has been chosen for the second project: Span
meeting was held in October which proved fruitful. It                         Consultants. The project will play an important role in the
marked a major step forward in the decision-making                            identification of new NPT projects in Yemen.
process. Half of the NPT efforts will be directed
towards Ghana's ten polytechnics, and half towards                            Mozambique
other organizations (see for more details the article on
the Ghana Polytechnics on page 4). The other                                  In Mozambique the NPT programme is still largely at the
organizations in Ghana have been asked to come up                             tender evaluation stage. Outlines were written for projects in
with ideas for projects that fall within the areas                            four areas: Good governance and public administration,
named in the study. Nuffic and the Dutch embassy                              support for teacher-training programmes, support for the
will select the six ideas they find most relevant, and                        Creation of new polytechnics, and the establishment of a
they will ask the organizations responsible to elabo-                         structured and coherent higher education sub-sector. Thus far
rate their idea into a project outline.                                       in Mozambique the following bodies have committed
                                                                              themselves to the NPT: the Ministry of Higher Education,
Guatemala                                                                     Science and Technology (MHEST); Universidade Eduardo
                                                                              Mondlane (UEM); the Higher Institute for International
The Dutch partner has been announced for the project                          Relations (ISRI); the Police Academy (ACIPOL); the Ministry
outline entitled 'Design and Implementation of the                            of State Administration (MAE-ISAP), and the Pedagogical
Technical Study Programme in Land Registry'. It is a                          University (UP).
consortium led by the International Institute for                             One project has gone on to the next stage: the teacher-
Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC). The project                        training project at the Catholic University of Mozambique.
to set up a study programme in criminal and forensic                          Here the tender procedure is finished and the Dutch partner
research at Universidad Rafael Landivar has also been                         has been chosen: Universiteit Maastricht (UM/MUNDO).
assigned. The winner is a consortium led by the
Hogeschool Leiden (HL). Meanwhile, a local consultant                         Uganda
is studying the situation to see how the NPT can best
be put to use in the environmental sector.                                    Stakeholders' meetings have borne fruit in Uganda. No fewer
                                                                              than 19 ideas for projects emerged from four meetings.
                                                                              The suggested projects are in four broad areas: Local
                                                                              government, Education, Justice (law and order), and
                                                                              Procurement. In several cases the work of writing a project
                                                                              outline could begin immediately. Everyone involved with the
                                                                              NPT is pleased with the way things are going. There have
                                                                              been no bureaucratic delays, no misunderstandings, and all
                                                                              noses seem to be pointed in the same direction.

                                                                              If the amount of interest that the advertisements and project
                                                                              outlines have generated among potential Dutch providers is
                                                                              any indication, the NPT programme in Vietnam is already a
                                                                              great success. This of course reflects the mutual sympathy
Guatemala, 26 November 2003: Stakeholders presenting priorities for NPT       that exists between the Dutch and Vietnamese higher
support in the environmental sector (photo: Jolie Franke)                     education communities. Cooperation between them has gone
                                                                              on without interruption since the 1970s. Both sides hope to
Yemen                                                                         continue and expand this cooperation. Already, Dutch
                                                                              partners have been selected for two projects. The winning
Three project outlines have now been written in                               Dutch partner for the medical skills training project at eight
Yemen. Hadrhramout University College of Medicine                             universities and medical faculties in Vietnam is the Maastricht
(HUCOM) is looking for a Dutch partner for a project                          University. A consortium led by the Saxion Universities
entitled 'Reform and development of the problem-                              of Professional Education will co-implement the project on
based learning approach at Medical college'. The                              hydrology and environment teaching at two Hydro-
Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research,                         meteorological colleges. Dutch partners are being selected for
in cooperation with ten local educational institutions,                       strengthening the Women's Institute of the Vietnam Women's
hopes to get a project off the ground under the title                         Union, and for assisting small and medium-sized enterprises
'Developing an ICT policy for the Yemen higher education                      and farming households.

The polytechnics: focus for                                   •   review of curriculum;
                                                              •   design of programmes at MSc level;
NPT in Ghana                                                  •   practical industrial training for lecturers;
                                                              •   development of educational methods;
                                                              •   provision of equipment;
The Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) for the           •   training to enhance teaching skills;
period 2003-2005 has identified the development of            •   strengthening of management capacity.
technical and vocational education & training as a
national priority.
                                                              Questions and answers on the
There are ten polytechnics in Ghana, one in each
region. All students who have completed senior                NPT
secondary school are eligible to apply, but admission
is on a competitive basis. The polytechnics provide
tertiary education leading to the Higher National             Does the NPT provide funding for infrastructure and
Diploma (HND). Currently about one per cent of the            equipment?
relevant age group is enrolled in an HND programme                Yes, although the emphasis of NPT projects lies on the
at a polytechnic.                                                 intangible aspects of institutional strengthening, such as
                                                                  staff development, curriculum improvements, teaching
Nuffic and the Dutch embassy held a two-day                       resources and management improvement. That is why, as
stakeholder meeting to discuss how NPT can help to                a basic rule, in NPT projects no more than 20% of the
strengthen Ghana's polytechnics. The meeting took                 available budget may be spent on infrastructure and
place on 7 and 8 October 2003. Representatives of                 equipment.
business and industry, government ministries and
professional associations met with leaders of the ten         Who decides the membership of the Tender Evaluation
polytechnics. Mr Paul Effah, Executive Secretary of           Committee?
the National Council for Tertiary Education, acted               The Tender Evaluation Committee, or TEC, has three
as a moderator, guiding the process by which the                 members. The Nuffic programme officer responsible for
35 participants identified seven problems:                       the project is a TEC member and acts as committee
•   Polytechnics have a shortage of qualified                    secretary. A second member of the committee is
    academic staff.                                              nominated by the applicant organization, and the third
•   They lack laboratories, workshops and equipment.             member is an independent expert appointed by Nuffic.
•   Too much attention is currently focussed on HND              This person acts as the committee's chairman. Nuffic then
    programmes in business and accounting.                       asks the applicant organization whether the proposed
•   There are neither funds nor opportunities for                independent expert is acceptable and whether it agrees
    students to receive practical training through               with the membership of the committee. For more
    internships, or work placements.                             complex projects, additional independent experts and
•   Library facilities are inadequate.                           representatives of the applicant organization will also be
•   There are too few opportunities for staff                    asked to sit on the committee.
•   Links with business and industry are weak.                Does NPT pay for local salaries?
                                                                 Local salaries are not paid for by NPT projects. It is
A central feature of the meeting was a critical                  expected that applicant organizations will assign their
assessment of the study programmes now offered at                own staff to the projects. This makes it clear that the aim
the polytechnics. Do they address the current needs of           of NPT is to support development that is already taking
the national economy? Following an openhearted                   place locally, and not to finance separate new projects.
discussion, the participants agreed that polytechnics
need to place more emphasis on the application of             Does NPT offer opportunities for long-term South-North
technology. Strengthening existing programmes in                 partnerships?
certain disciplines will help the polytechnics to                The aim of the NPT programme is to alleviate specific
achieve outputs that respond to the labour market's              capacity problems in the South through a cooperative
needs. In two discussion rounds, participants in the             approach. The duration of projects varies, depending on
meeting narrowed the list of priorities for improving            the time required to solve the specific problem. The
Ghana's polytechnics down to five disciplines.                   maximum duration of any project is four years and no
                                                                 time extensions or second phases are possible. While it is
Within the NPT framework, immediate action can be                not a specific aim of the programme to build long-term
taken in the following areas in order to increase the            partnerships, long-term relationships may develop from
capacity of the polytechnics in the chosen disciplines:          NPT projects. However, NPT funding stops once specific
                                                                 NPT projects are complete.

Status of NPT Project Outlines and Calls for Tender, December 2003
Country      Title of the project                                Present situation                  Dutch winner organization

Ethiopia     Quality and Relevance Assurance Agency              Winner selected                    Vrije Universiteit
             (QRAA)                                                                                 Amsterdam / CIS
Ethiopia     Towards the establishment of the Ethiopian          Winner selected                    University of Twente /
             Higher Education Strategy Institute (EHESI)                                            CHEPS
Guatemala    Design and implementation of the technical          Winner selected                    International Institute for
             study programme in land registry                                                       Aerospace Survey and
                                                                                                    Earth Sciences (ITC) -
Guatemala    Design and implementation of the technical          Winner selected                    Hogeschool Leiden -
             study program in forensic and criminal                                                 consortium
Guatemala    Strengthening the Police Academy                    Call published
Guatemala    Strengthening the División de Ciencias Jurídicas Call published
             y Sociales USAC/CUNOC
Mozambique Support to teacher training programmes (3             Proposals are being assessed
Mozambique Capacity building in good governance and              Proposals are being assessed
           public administration (4 outlines)
Mozambique Support to the creation of new polytechnics           Proposals are being assessed

Mozambique Support to HIV/Aids research programmes               Project outline being processed

Mozambique Set-up of a structured and coherent HE (sub)          Winner selected                    University of Twente /
           sector                                                                                   CHEPS

Mozambique Information - and communication technology            Project outlines being processed
           (ICT) (5 project outlines)
Vietnam      Institutional strengthening of training capacity of Winner selected                    Saxion Universities of
             the Department of Hydrology and the                                                    Professional Education -
             Department of Environment at Ha Noi and Ho                                             consortium
             Chi Minh City Hydro-meteorological Colleges
Vietnam      Strengthening medical skills training at eight      Winner selected                    Maastricht University /
             medical faculties/universities in Vietnam                                              MUNDO

Vietnam      Institutional capability strengthening in the       Project withdrawn
             sector of planning and investment

Vietnam      Strengthening the Women's Institute of the          Proposals are being assessed
             Vietnam Women's Union
Vietnam      Enhancing capabilities to teach and research,       Proposals are being assessed
             assisting small - and medium-sized enterprises
             and farming households
Yemen        Strengthening the Higher Education Project Winner selected                             SPAN Consultants
             Management Unit to manage the NPT in Yemen

Yemen        Reform and development of problem-based             Winner selected                    Maastricht University /
             learning approach at the medical college of                                            MUNDO
             Hadramouth University

Yemen        Training to draft ICT Master Plans                  Proposals are being assessed


A recent trend among international students is for them to decline bursaries that would allow them to study abroad. It turns
out that some students prefer to hedge their bets initially and then pick the most attractive option. Attractiveness cannot
always be measured in money, and location is often just as important. If you've got the choice between America and the
Netherlands, the choice is simple: you go to America.

We were complaining a bit about this recently with a few Nuffic colleagues. Not only do you do your best to assess the
applications with the utmost care and dedication, but you've even let somebody else down who actually had a fairly decent
application. And all you get is 'thanks, but no thanks'. And that's if they even bother to respond, because sometimes you
never hear from them again.

Not hearing from them is a nuisance for us, but they themselves have a problem. Not having the decency to decline the
offer disqualifies you for an international career, because it shows arrogance and a lack of empathy, the two characteristics
that will ruin your prospect of a successful study abroad. They will not go far.

But what about the others? The ones who come back to say thanks for the offer, but that they've found greener pastures
elsewhere? Do they represent a problem? Wouldn't they provide a good theme for conferences on donor coordination, etc.?
Not likely. You can't blame them at all, especially when their prospective course of study is part of development policy in
their home country.

In the 20th century, we learnt a hard lesson that even the greatest development plans will fail if they see the people on the
ground as pawns rather than as people. People will not allow themselves to be treated like that. The lesson we can draw
from this is that development is equal to the effort put in by all the citizens. What matters is that we encourage these efforts.
Take stock of real needs. Don't set other people's priorities. Select talent, and facilitate that talent to the full.

This means that countries, governments, ministries, businesses, NGOs and people can shop around. They scrutinize what's
on offer, see what best fits their needs and then decide what offers them the best value for money.

In many cases, it makes sound business sense to keep your options open. If you want to avoid ending up in an all-or-
nothing situation, it makes perfect sense to apply for bursaries from various organizations. And anyone who excels or who
finds they can make a difference because of the course of study they have followed will be able to pick and choose. And if
we all trust our selection mechanisms, the only conclusion is that the individual is the best person to make a choice.

I have no problem with this. In fact, I wish you all the best. You're going to be a success. And you'll be a benefit to your

Han van der Horst

Senior communication officer, Nuffic

    NFP going well                                                               Master's fellowships granted by region

                                                                                 Latin America      Europe
                                                                                      15%            2%
    Experiences with the NFP in recent months have
    been overwhelmingly positive, although programme
    administrators have had to pull out all the stops to
    make sure that things run smoothly. In the South, the
    programme is a very popular instrument for                                  Asia                                 Africa
    supporting development and its success has led to a                         31%                                  52%

    large number of applications.

    There is particular interest in fellowships for master's
    programmes in the Netherlands. Given the
    remarkable number of applications from the
    sub-Saharan countries of Africa, many of the fellow-
    ships were awarded to applicants in these countries.             Introducing officers:
    It was noticeable that relatively few applications came
    from women, and this is a potential cause for concern            Lenneke Haket and John Pracht
    because one of the cornerstones of Dutch
    development policy is equality for women.

    There were 73 applications for PhD fellowships for
    research programmes starting in 2004. PhD fellow-
    ships provide funding for four years, a reasonable
    period in which to complete doctoral studies. The 12
    best research proposals were selected for funding
    based on criteria such as the employer's capacity and
    the relevance of the proposal to the region in which
    the applicant is based.

    As regards tailor-made training programmes, many
    proposals were received that did not meet the
    programme criteria. Nuffic will try to avoid this
    situation in the future by improving the information             John and Lenneke have both been working at Nuffic since
    campaign for eligible organizations in the NFP partner           before the start of the present fellowship programmes.
    countries. It has become apparent that getting the
    right information to the right target groups is                  Lenneke: “I helped to provide Nuffic's library and
    extremely important for the success of the                       documentation services until I joined the Training and
    programme and to avoid disappointment amongst                    Fellowships Desk in 1999. My first job at the Training and
    applicants.                                                      Fellowships Desk was as coordinator of the Netherlands
                                                                     Periodicals Project (NPP). Two years later I became a
                                                                     fellowships officer in the University Fellowships Programme
    Percentages of qualified master’s applications by sex            of the old Netherlands Fellowships Programme.    ”
Fellow ships application by sex    Fellow ships granted by sex
                                                                     John: “I have been working for the Training and Fellowships
                                    40%                              Desk since 1996. I started as a member of the team of
                                                                     fellowship officers especially assigned to the Tailor-Made
                                                                     Training Programme of the old Netherlands Fellowships
                                                                     Programme.  ”

                                                                     What kind of work do they now do under the new
                                                                     Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)?
                                                                     Lenneke: “John and I and nine other colleagues work closely
                                                      60%            together as NFP programme officers. The new NFP has been
                                                                     underway for almost a year. During this year we have all
                                                                     played a part in developing and implementing the new NFP ,
                                                                     profiting from each other’s experiences and knowledge. We

are working in close cooperation with the fellowship           Brazil, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Suriname and the Philippines.
officers at the various Dutch embassies, and with              I myself am available to answer queries from fellowship
(prospective) participating organizations in the 56 NFP        officers in Bhutan, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador,
countries.                                                     Honduras, Jordan, Kenya, Nicaragua and Sri Lanka.

“Under the new NFP Nuffic's fellowship officers are            “Another interesting aspect of our work is our involvement in
no longer assigned specifically to one or two parts of         attempts to reach multi-year agreements in NFP countries
the programme. We now all strive to be involved with           assigned to us. For this, Lenneke has been assigned Ethiopia
all five NFP programmes, arranging fellowships for             and Peru, and I work with Guatemala, Uganda and Yemen.   ”
tailor-made training, PhD studies, short courses,
master's degree programmes, and refresher courses.             Lenneke: “2003 has been instructive in many respects. We
This makes our work very interesting, lively and               would like to thank all the fellowship officers at the
varied. ”                                                      embassies for their efforts and cooperation so far, and we are
                                                               looking forward to continuing this cooperation into next year.
John: “It can make our day-to-day work hectic and              2004 might bring some more changes, because things are
complicated, however, for example because each of              never static. There will always be need for improvement. ”
the five programmes has its own deadlines, which
sometimes coincide. Each of us has been appointed              John: ”Both Lenneke and I enjoy our contacts with our
contact person for the embassies in certain of the             partners in the NFP countries very much. We always
countries on the list of eligible countries. Lenneke is        appreciate a visit any time the fellowship officers or the
the NFP contact person for Bangladesh, Bolivia,                representatives of the organizations are in The Hague.  ”

Tailor-made training proposals, December 2003
Country                Title or subject                                             Present situation     Dutch winner
Albania                Transport policy and planning                                Winner selected       NEA, Rijswijk

Cuba                   Training of extension workers and in-service trainers        Outline withdrawn
China                  GIS and Remote sensing for biodiversity                      Outline being

Ecuador                Qualitative research approaches and methods: Feminist        Winner selected       Groningen
                       perspectives                                                                       University

Ethiopia               Corruption prevention, investigation, prosecution and        Winner selected       ISS, The Hague
                       public education
Indonesia              Water and environmental management                           Outline being

Iran                   Training course in road safety                               Winner selected       NEA, Rijswijk

Mozambique             Mathematics education, an introduction to Realistic          Being implemented Utrecht University
                       Mathematics Education (RME)                                                    Freudenthal
Nepal                  Geo-informatics for Watershed Management in the Hindu        Winner selected       ITC, Enschede
                       Kush Himalayas (HKH)
South-Africa           Maritime transport                                           Outline being
Tanzania               Research design, measurements and scaling methods            Winner selected       Groningen
Vietnam                Qualitative research in Health sector                        Winner selected       KIT, Amsterdam

Vietnam                Urban governance                                             Outline being

NFP multi-year agreements                                       The signing of the agreements was preceded by an extensive
                                                                analysis of actual needs by Tanzanian consultants. In the case
                                                                of TAWLA, the picture that emerged from the analysis was
Apart from inviting ordinary applications for                   very complete and ultimately resulted in the identification of
fellowships, the NFP also welcomes applications from            a number of training and education activities that the NFP
selected organizations for longer-term partnerships             could support. These include 46 fellowships to follow law and
for training and education. Currently, ten countries            human rights-related master's programmes, nine PhD
have been selected to work on new ways of                       fellowships, 13 short course fellowships and 12 proposals for
identifying areas where longer-term cooperation                 tailor-made training programmes. Further discussions with
would prove beneficial. The number of qualifying                TAWLA will have to deal with the timetable of events and
countries may increase in the future.                           prioritize the training needs, as it is unlikely that the NFP
                                                                could support all the training plans. Fellowships will only be
                                                                made available to candidates who meet the criteria for
Although the form of cooperation differs in each                acceptance into the proposed programmes, a decision that
country, the role of the Dutch embassy and Nuffic is            will be taken by the institutions offering the programmes.
always constant. The stakeholders, usually including
the local government, are approached by Nuffic and
the embassy and discussions take place to identify              In the case of the College of Business Education (CBE), it was
between two and four local organizations who are                more complicated to analyse the actual needs. The
then consulted to make an assessment of the training            organizations involved were asked to prioritize their list of
and education requirements. If the assessment shows             training requirements, and only then did a clear picture
that the NFP has a role to play, the parties will set out       emerge of the distinct requirements for tailor-made training
their long-term arrangements for training and                   programmes, short courses and master's programmes.
education in a “multi-year agreement” Considerable
progress has already been made on these multi-year
agreements in Tanzania, Guatemala, Ethiopia and
South Africa and, in some cases, the agreements have
already been signed.
Although in theory the process is fairly straightforward,
the practice can prove slightly trickier. Particular            Two new NFP factsheets
sticking points include assessing the needs and
translating these into concrete actions or training             In January 2004 Nuffic will publish two new factsheets on the
plans. If necessary, the embassy, Nuffic or the local           Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP). Both can be used
organizations call in local consultants to handle the           by embassies, local consultants and Nuffic as an easy way to
selection, analysis and project formulation processes.          promote the NFP and to inform potential partners about the
An important part of the process is appraising the              possibilities for training which the NFP offers.
viability of the training and education needs, the
capacity of the organization and confirming whether
the staff will qualify for the proposed education or            One factsheet will list the main features of the NFP and of
training. For example, an organization with only four           each of its five programmes. The overall purpose of the NFP
staff members may get into difficulties if one of them          will be highlighted, which is to strengthen organizations by
is unavailable for a time due to training. A further            providing fellowships for training their employees. The
consideration is the added value that training in the           fellowship procedures associated with each of the five
Netherlands or by a Dutch organization can create.              programmes will be briefly explained. Fellowships are
                                                                available for master's degree programmes, short courses,
                                                                PhD study, courses of tailor-made training, and refresher
NFP multi-year agreements in                                    courses.
Right from the launch of the new NFP the Dutch                  The other factsheet places the spotlight on the NFP
embassy in Dar es Salaam has worked hard on the                 programme for tailor-made training. Using examples of tailor-
selection process, and currently four organizations             made training that has been successful in the past, the
have been selected. Nuffic has already signed multi-            factsheet will explain to organizations in the target countries
year agreements with two of these organizations, the            the value of this NFP programme and the opportunities it
Tanzania Women Lawyers Associations (TAWLA) and                 offers. Nuffic hopes that the factsheet will increase the
the College of Business Education (CBE).

number of proposals for tailor-made training that are                       Applications are submitted to Nuffic by the fellowship
written by the organizations themselves.                                    officers at the Dutch embassies, who must have received
                                                                            the forms and documents from the applicants well in
Both factsheets will be sent to the Netherlands                             advance of this date.
embassies in the countries eligible for the NFP From
January 2004 onwards, they can also be ordered from                     May
                                                                           The 2005 NFP brochures are sent to the Royal
Nuffic or downloaded as a PDF file from the Nuffic
                                                                           Netherlands Embassies.
                                                                        1 July
                                                                            The first Nuffic deadline for submitting applications for
                                                                            PhD programmes that start in 2005. Applications are
Deadlines and important                                                     submitted to Nuffic by the fellowship officers at the
                                                                            Dutch embassies, who must have received the forms
dates for the NFP                                                           and documents from the applicants well in advance of
                                                                            this date.

Please note that the deadlines stated here are Nuffic                   1 August
deadlines. In most NFP countries, the deadlines for                         The Nuffic deadline for submitting applications for
submitting your applications at the Royal Netherlands                       certain NFP short courses that start in the third and
Embassies will be at least two weeks before the dates                       fourth quarters of 2004. (Check the 2004 NFP Course List for the
given here. These deadlines may vary considerably                           deadlines, as they vary from course to course.) Applications are
among the NFP countries. As soon as you consider                            submitted to Nuffic by the fellowship officers at the
applying for admission to a programme in the                                Dutch embassies, who must have received the forms
Netherlands with an NFP fellowship, we would strong-                        and documents from the applicants well in advance of
ly advise you to contact the embassy in your country                        this date.
to check the various dates and ask about any
additional local procedures.                                            1 August
                                                                            The Nuffic deadline for submitting applications for
                                                                            certain NFP short courses that start in the first quarter of
2004                                                                        2005. (Check the forthcoming 2005 NFP Course List for the dead-
                                                                            lines, as they vary from course to course.) Applications are
1 January                                                                   submitted to Nuffic by the fellowship officers at the
    The Nuffic deadline for submitting applications for                     Dutch embassies, who must have received the forms
    certain NFP short courses that start in the first,                      and documents from the applicants well in advance of
    second or third quarter of 2004. (Check the 2004 NFP                    this date.
    Course List for the deadlines.) Applications are
    submitted to Nuffic by the fellowship officers at                   1 November
    the Dutch embassies, who must have received the                         The Nuffic deadline for submitting applications for
    forms and documents from the applicants well in                         certain NFP short courses that start in the first or second
    advance of this date.                                                   quarter of 2005. (Check the forthcoming 2005 NFP Course List for
                                                                            the deadlines, as they vary from course to course.) Applications
1 April                                                                     are submitted to Nuffic by the fellowship officers at the
    The Nuffic deadline for submitting applications for                     Dutch embassies, who must have received the forms
    NFP master's degree courses that start in the                           and documents from the applicants well in advance of
    second half of 2004. Applications are submitted to                      this date.
    Nuffic by the fellowship officers at the Dutch
    embassies, who must have received the forms                         1 November
    and documents from the applicants well in                               The Nuffic deadline for submitting applications for the
    advance of this date.                                                   limited number of NFP master's degree programmes that
                                                                            start in the first quarter of 2005. (Check the 2005 forthcoming
In April 2004 the 2005 lists of NFP courses are finalized                   NFP Course List for the deadlines). Applications are submitted
and made available on the NFP website.                                      to Nuffic by the fellowship officers at the Dutch
                                                                            embassies, who must have received the forms and
1 April                                                                     documents from the applicants well in advance of this
    The Nuffic deadline for submitting applications for                     date.
    certain NFP short courses that start in the second
    or third quarter of 2004. (Check the 2004 NFP Course                1 November
    List for the deadlines, as they vary from course to course.)            The Nuffic deadline for submitting proposals for NFP

    refresher courses which start in 2005. Proposals                                        applicants will have a master's degree
    must be submitted directly to Nuffic. They can be                                       in economics, philosophy or both.
    submitted by NFP alumni or their employers, or
    by the Dutch provider of an initial programme of                 Hogeschool van Utrecht
    study or training.                                               Department:        Faculty of Science and Technology
                                                                     Applications to:           .
                                                                                        Dr Ir. P Scholten
1 November                                                           Address:           PO Box 182
    The Nuffic deadline for submitting applications                                     3500 AD Utrecht
    for certain NFP short courses that start in the first            Phone:             +31 (0)30 238 84 26
    or second quarter of 2005. (Check the forthcoming                Fax:               +31 (0)30 230 81 99
    2005 NFP Course List for the deadlines, as they vary from        E-mail:  
    course to course.) Applications are submitted to                 Website: 
    Nuffic by the fellowship officers at the Dutch
    embassies, who must have received the forms                      Engineering Product Design
    and documents from the applicants well in                        Leading to:                 Master of Science degree
    advance of this date.                                            Duration:                   18 months
                                                                     Dates:                      10 September 2004 to February 2006
1 November                                                           Academic application deadline: 1 February 2004
    The second Nuffic deadline for submitting                        Candidate requirements:     Bachelor degree in engineering (see
    applications for PhD studies that start in 2005. The                                         brochure).
    fellowship officers at the Dutch embassies must
    have received the forms and documents from the                   Maintenance Management
    applicants well in advance of this date.                         Leading to:                 Master of Science degree
                                                                     Duration:                   18 months
                                                                     Dates:                      10 September 2004 to February 2006
NFP Course List Changes                                              Academic application deadline: 1 February 2004
                                                                     Candidate requirements:     Bachelor degree in engineering (see
A number of changes have been made to the list of                                                brochure).
master's programmes and short courses due to start
in 2004. The changes include corrections of e-mail                   Institute for Social Studies (with Vrije Universiteit,
addresses, programme names, corrections or                           Wageningen University and Research Centre)
additions to the candidate requirements and, perhaps                 Department:            Development Economics
most importantly, to the academic application                        Applications to:       Dr K. Burger / Ms C. Vorselman
deadline. The bulk of the changes, however, relate to                Address:               PO Box 29776
programmes that have been added to the master's                                             2502 LT The Hague
degree programme list. These new additions are                       Phone:                 +31 (0)70 426 04 60
shown below. The Nuffic website carries a full listing               Fax:                   +31 (0)70 426 07 99
of all programmes including changes and additions.                   E-mail:      
Please contact Nuffic officer Ms Inge Zuidema (tel.                  Website:     
+31 (0)70 4260318) if you would like to receive a copy                            
of the list.
                                                                     MSc in Development Economics
Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics                       Leading to:                 Master of Science degree
Department:          Faculty of Philosophy                           Duration:                   12 months
Applications to:          .A.
                     Mr F Hindriks                                   Dates:                      20 September 2004 to 14 September
Address:             PO Box 1738                                                                 2005
                     3000 DR Rotterdam                               Academic application deadline: 1 Febuary 2004
Phone:               +31 (0)10 408 89 67                             Candidate requirements:     Bachelor degree (upper second class) in
Fax:                 +31 (0)10 212 04 48                                                         economics or equivalent.
Website:                            Vrije Universiteit
                                                                     Department:            Faculty of Law
Philosophy and Economics                                             Applications to:       Ms T. van Essen
Leading to:                 Master of Philosophy degree              Address:               De Boelelaan 1105, room 5A - 18
Duration:                   10 months                                                       1081 HV Amsterdam
Dates:                      September 2004 to June 2005              Phone:                 +31 (0)20 444 62 05
Academic application deadline: 1 February 2004                       Fax:                   +31 (0)20 444 62 09
Candidate requirements:     BA or BSc in economics or BA in          E-mail:      
                            philosophy. Preferably,                  Website:     

LL.M in International Business Law                                       "The NFP-NPT Newsletter has been sent to the University
Leading to:                 Master in Laws (LL.M)                        Sarajevo and made available to the visitors of the
Duration:                   11 months                                    Embassy. The Newsletter is useful since BiH is one of the
Dates:                      1 September 2004 to 15 July                  countries that have low number of Internet users."
Academic application deadline: Please consult the Dutch              From Bogotá
                            provider                                 On 10 October 2003, the editors were pleased to receive the
Candidate requirements:     Bachelor's or equivalent degree          following reaction from Mr Amos Houben, fellowship officer
                            in law. Students who do not              at the Dutch Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia.
                            meet this requirement, but have
                            a sound academic background                  "My compliments! The pages with FAQs and deadlines
                            and a proven experience or inter-            are especially useful. I'm looking forward already to the
                            est in the field fo law and who              December issue!
                            are interested in studying in a              "The embassy in Bogotá has an information and
                            stimulating international                    documentation centre, so I always place several copies of
                            environment, are also                        the Newsletter there for visitors to take a look at. I also
                            encouraged to apply.                         send several copies to my contacts at ICETEX, which is a
                                                                         Colombian government agency that facilitates the
Universiteit van Amsterdam                                               scholarship programmes offered by various foreign
Department:         Faculty of Science                                   governments and disseminates information about them.
Applications to:    Dr B. Jérôme                                         The Dutch embassy and ICETEX have been working
Address:            Nieuwe Achtergracht 166                              together for more than 20 years. ICETEX's collection
                    1081 HV Amsterdam                                    includes brochures, leaflets and other informative
Phone:              +31 (0)20 525 69 92                                  materials from nearly all of the Dutch universities as well
Fax:                +31 (0)20 525 56 04                                  as other Dutch organizations and institutions. These
E-mail:                                   materials help the agency to answer the queries they
Website:                        receive. ICETEX can tell people about Nuffic and the NFP
                                                                         application procedures, and when necessary, they will
Condensed Matter Science                                                 refer someone to the fellowship officer at the embassy."
Leading to:                 Master of Science Degree
Duration:                   11 months                                Readers' actions
Dates:                      1 September 2004 to 31 August
                            2005                                     "Keep Nepal on the list !!"
Academic application deadline: Please consult the Dutch              The Dutch government informed Nepal at an early stage that
                            provider                                 this country will be taken from the list of partner countries.
Candidate requirements:     BSc degree in Physics or                 This means that Nepal will not qualify for NPT.
                            Chemistry (or combination). For          The Netherlands will continue to assist Nepal through multi-
                            Chemistry students a good level          lateral channels, NGOs and fellowships such as under the
                            in Physics and Mathematics is            NFP .
                                                                     Naresh Pradham, the chairman of the Netherlands Alumni
                                                                     Association Nepal (NAAN), informed us that the NAAN has
                                                                     called on its Dutch network for a campaign to keep Nepal on
Readers' reactions                                                   the list of partner countries. In his view, the breaking of
                                                                     bilateral ties in development cooperation would have
Reactions to the Newsletter                                          immense consequences on Nepal. The Alumni Association
                                                                     Nepal set up a website “Keep Nepal on the List”
                                                            It has received more than 4,000
From Serajevo
                                                                     messages of support. On Thursday, 13 November 2003,
The NFP-NPT Newsletter is sent to the fellowship                     Nepalese and Dutch activists marched on the Parliament in
officers at Dutch embassies all over the world. They                 The Hague to voice their protest against the removal of Nepal
use it to inform visitors and local organizations about              from the list. They handed over a petition to Mr Jaap de Hoop
the programmes. The May issue evoked a reaction                      Scheffer, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
from Leila Fetahagic and Fatima Krivosija who work at
the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Serajevo, Bosnia-
Hercegovina. They are fellowship officers and project
policy officers in charge of the development
cooperation projects. The e-mail message reads as

                                   The NFP and NPT programmes in brief
The Netherlands Programme for                                            The Netherlands Fellowship
the Institutional Strengthening                                          Programmes (NFP)
of Post-secondary Education and                                          Objectives and target group
Training Capacity (NPT)                                                  The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) were
                                                                         launched in 2003. The NFP are focused on meeting the need
The NPT is an international cooperation programme                        for further training and capacity-building in a wide range of
financed by the Netherlands government. Nuffic, the                      governmental, private and non-governmental organizations.
Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation                   These include educational institutions, planning agencies,
in Higher Education, manages and administers the NPT                     ministries, community-based organizations, and private
on behalf of the Netherlands government.                                 enterprises.
                                                                         The NFP target group: mid-career professionals who are
Objectives                                                               nationals of one of the list of countries (page 14). Candidates
The purpose of the programme is to help developing                       for an NFP fellowship must be nominated by their employers.
countries strengthen their institutional capacity for                    This nomination should contain a structured motivation.
post-secondary education and training in a                               The NFP aims to increase the fellowships' impact by linking
sustainable way. The aim is to equip the developing                      them to the institutional development of organizations in
countries with what they need in order to meet their                     developing countries. Fellowships are awarded to individuals
own needs for training and manpower.                                     but their training must occur within the development of the
                                                                         local organization for which they work.
Characteristics of the programme
The NPT is a programme of South-North cooperation                        NFP Academic Programme (AP)
in which expertise from Dutch organizations is                           The NFP-AP offers professionals from developing countries a
mobilized to strengthen institutional capacity in the                    chance to enrol in international postgraduate degree
South. This capacity must be relevant to the sectors                     programmes of one or more years. Programme providers are
and themes targeted for the Dutch bilateral support                      Dutch organizations. The NFP-AP modalities are:
given to the countries in question. More general                         •   Master's degree programmes
support for the higher education sector is also a pos-                   •   PhD studies
sibility, as is support for projects which cut across the                •   Refresher courses
chosen sectors and themes.
The NPT is demand-driven and flexible, and it                            NFP Training Programme (TP)
addresses local priorities. 'Ownership' on the part of                   The NFP-TP enables professionals from developing countries
stakeholders in the South is an important feature of                     to enrol in a diploma course or a course of tailor-made training
the programme.                                                           of one year or less. The course must be provided entirely or
The involvement of local and/or regional expertise in                                                                   ,
                                                                         partly by a Dutch organization. Under NFP-TP there are:
the implementation of the NPT is encouraged. Local                       •    Short courses
staff will be trained preferably in the region.                          •    Tailor-made training
To achieve a good quality-price ratio, the contracts by                  •    Refresher courses
which Dutch organizations provide the necessary                          The demand for tailor-made training is matched with what is
services are awarded on a competitive basis. This is                     on offer by means of an open tender procedure in the
done through a public tender procedure in the                            Netherlands.
                                                                         NFP characteristics
Target group                                                             •  Priority is given to study and training that takes place
Support can be given to organizations in the South                          (partly) in the region;
that play an important role in the development of                        •  At least half of the budget is to be spent on candidates or
post-secondary education and training capacity. These                       organizations in sub Saharan Africa;
include institutions for post-secondary education,                       •  Another budget aim is to spend over half on female
government ministries, national commissions, and                            candidates.
                                                                         New approach
Countries participating in the NPT programme                             In 10 out of the 56 countries eligible for cooperation under
The Netherlands government selects the countries for                         ,
                                                                         NFP a new approach for meeting training demand of local
the NPT. There are now nine countries on the list but                    organizations is introduced. In these ten countries Nuffic
gradually more will be added. The present NPT                            enters into multi-year agreements with selected
countries are Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala,                                organizations. Each agreement lists a number of NFP funded
Mozambique, Peru1 , Uganda, Rwanda, Vietnam, and                         training activities. Staff of the organizations selected will be
Yemen.                                                                   given preference during the allocation of fellowships and the
    Peru will probably be removed from the NPT list of countries         allocation of funds for training courses.
once the new bilateral country list has been officially approved.

                                                                          NFP-NPT Newsletter
Countries eligible for NFP                                                The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and the
Albania                             Eritrea          Nepal
                                                                          Netherlands Programme for Institutional Strengthening of Post-
                                                                          secondary Education and Capacity (NPT) are financed by the
Armenia                             Ethiopia         Nicaragua
                                                                          Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The programmes are
Autonomous PalestinianTerritories   Georgia          Nigeria
                                                                          administrated by Nuffic in cooperation with Netherlands
Bangladesh                          Ghana            Pakistan
                                                                          Embassies and Consulates.
Benin                               Guatemala        Peru
Bhutan                              Guinea-Bissau    Philippines
                                                                          E d i to ri a l te a m
Bolivia                             Honduras         Rwanda
                                                                          Mr Ad Boeren, Editor
Bosnia-Hercegovina                  India            Senegal
                                                                          Contributors to this issue: Marjo Gallé, Willem-Jan de Gast,
Brazil                              Indonesia        South Africa
                                                                          Han van der Horst, Anna van Marrewijk, Beer Schröder, Birgitte
Burkina Faso                        Iran             Sri Lanka            Vos
Cambodia                            Ivory Coast      Suriname
Cape Verde                          Jordan           Tanzania             E - m a i l a d d re s s e s
China1                              Kenya            Thailand             •    For NPT matters:
Colombia                            Macedonia        Uganda               •    For questions about the NFP Academic Programmes:
Costa Rica                          Mali             Vietnam         
Cuba                                Moldavia         Yemen                •    Questions about fellowships for Short courses and
Ecuador                             Mongolia         Zambia                    Tailor-made Training:
Egypt                               Mozambique       Zimbabwe
El Salvador                         Namibia                               We b s i te s
    Citizens from Hong Kong and Macao are exempted

The present NPT countries are: Ethiopia, Ghana,                           Design
Guatemala, Mozambique, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda, Vietnam                      Grafisense BV, Rotterdam
and Yemen. Peru may be removed from the NPT list of coun-
tries. In 2004, it is envisaged that 7 more countries will be             L ayo u t
added. These will be selected from the new list of Partner
                                                                          Elma Leidekker, Nuffic
                                                                          P ri n t i n g

                                                                          Next issue
                                                                          February 2004

                                                                          I d e a s a n d s u g ge s t i o n s
                                                                          The editors of this NFP-NPT Newsletter welcome readers’
                                                                          reactions. Please send your comments, ideas and information
                                                                          to: Anna van Marrewijk,

         Latest news: Afghanistan                                         PDF
                                                                          This NFP-NPT Newsletter can also be found at the website
         added to the list                                       in portable document format (PDF)

         Early December 2003 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
         informed Nuffic that Afghanistan has been added to the
         list of countries eligible for participation in the
         Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP). This means
         that from now on Afghani organizations can apply for             Ad d re s s d e t a i l s fo r f u rt h e r i n fo rm a t i o n
         fellowships for NFP master's degree courses, PhD                 Nuffic Department for Human Resource and Institutional
         studies and for NFP short courses. They can also put             Development
         forward outlines for tailor-made training.                       PO Box 29777 2502 LT The Hague
                                                                          The Netherlands
         Nuffic programme officer Birgitte Vos will be the contact        Tel.: +31 (0)70 4260166
         person for Aghani organizations as well as for the               Fax: +31 (070) 4260189
         Netherlands Embassy in Kabul. She can be contacted by            Head of Training and Fellowship Desk: Drs R.E.V.M. Schröder
         phone +31 (070) 4260183 or by e-mail:             Head of Section Cooperation Programmes: Ir. J.F Houterman       .


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