Mapping South-South Cooperation in the Arab States

Arab States

Technical Cooperation Programme - Islamic Development Bank

Thursday, 28 May 2015 13:11 Written by 
  • Location(s): Saudi Arabia
  • Type(s): Mechanism
  • Theme(s): Agriculture , Community Development
  • SDG(s): 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • Locations of Agro Solutions: Saudi Arabia
  • Types of Agro Solutions: Mechanism
  • Themes in Agro Solutions: Agriculture , Development
  • SDGs in Agro Solutions: 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • Locations in the Arab States: Saudi Arabia
  • Types in the Arab States: Mechanism
  • Themes in the Arab States: Agriculture , Development
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 11. Sustainable cities and communities
Technical Cooperation Programme - Islamic Development Bank Islamic Development Bank

Geographic focus: All the Arab states; all the 56 member countries are eligible to participate in this Programme, including the Arab states.

The Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) is one of the main arms of IDB for human resource development in member countries. It is a South-South cooperation grant based programme focusing on transfer and exchange of skills, knowledge and know-how amongst member countries. Built around a tripartite scheme, this programme involves three partners in each of its activities; namely: a technical donor, a beneficiary and IDB as a facilitator.

The basic objectives and functions of the Programme are:

     a) To mobilize the technical capacity expertise and training capabilities of IDB Member Countries for the purpose of fostering collaboration amongst them.

     b) To promote opportunities for exchange of experience and information and appropriate technologies suited to the development needs of member countries

     c) To alleviate the managerial, technical and institutional constraints, which retard project implementation and efficiency.

     d) To intensify the matching of needs identified in member countries with capacities available in other member states and to promote closer partnership.

Modalities and Procedures:

To be eligible to benefit from this programme, all the applications must be supported and endorsed by the Office of the IDB Governor or the National Focal Point for the country concerned. In terms financing, since the programme is based on a tripartite approach, financial contributions are expected as well from the donor country and the beneficiary/host country.

As part of capacity development in the Member Countries, TCP utilizes three vehicles for the promotion and accomplishment of the objectives of the programme:

  1. Recruitment of Experts. The experts are recruited to help IDB member countries to prepare a specific study or to provide advisory services for capacity building purposes. The transfer of knowledge and know-how of the expert to the member countries is a key feature of the programme, which complements the capacity building efforts of the beneficiary in the desired field. In this regard, the beneficiary country must specify its needs and the desired assignment in details to be undertaken by the experts. In addition to the nature and tasks to be performed under the assignment, a definite period for execution of the assignment should also be stipulated, while taking into account that the maximum period for an expert`s assignment is six months.
  2. Provision of On-the-Job Training (OJT). OJT vehicle aims to augment the skills and enrich the experience of technical and professional staff. It consists of the two main types, namely Formal Training and Study and Familiarisation Visits.
    • Formal Training
      Training courses are organised for the middle management and technical officials in public or private organizationsin order to upgrade their skills and knowledge and improve proficiency in their performance. For the organization of training courses, the beneficiary institution/country must recommend candidates for short-term training (maximum 4 months) and it must ensure to prepare clear justifications highlighting their needs and the area in which they would like to enhance their knowledge and expertise.
    • Study and Familiarization Visits
      These visits are targeting the senior-level officials at the level of heads of ministries, organizations and departments with the objective of acquainting them with the activities and structure of similar institutions/ industries of other member countries and helping them in enriching their experience and knowledge.
  3. Organization of Workshops and Seminar. Seminars and workshops provide the beneficiary countries with the opportunity to exchange experiences on a specific subject and, hence enhancing their knowledge and understanding in that area. For the workshops and seminars, the countries and organizations presenting seminar/workshop proposals are required to submit detailed information on the background and objectives of the respective seminar/workshop and to justify how these events would address the needs of the country. If any professional speakers are required for the event, the Organizer would send to the potential speaker candidates a brief information bulletin giving a synopsis of the content of the seminar/workshop, the programme, the target group and the qualifications and experience they should possess.

Benefiting Countries:

Bahrain, Comoros, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia

Results to Date:

Since its inception in 1983 to the end of 2012, 2,006 operations have been approved under the programme:

  1. 370 operations were for recruitment of experts
  2. 880 operations were for on-the-job training
  3. 756 operations for seminars and workshops.

To date, the TCP facilitated the training of more than 15,000 persons while it enabled approximately 500 experts to be dispatched among member states. Additionally, more than 16,200 specialists have had the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences in various fora.

Total Budget (USD): Around 46 M

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