Sida’s courses and training are aimed for actors involved in Swedish development cooperation or humanitarian assistance, such as
- Civil society organisations
- Government agencies
- Private sector
Sida's training centre, Sida Partnership Forum (SPF) in Härnösand, designs and facilitates the courses. Due to COVID-19, SPF has temporarily shifted to online courses only.
Thematic and method courses
The courses focus on methods and themes that are prioritised in development cooperation, such as results-based management, anti-corruption and environment/climate change. Some of the courses combine the intersectionality of different themes, such as environment/climate change and gender equality.
Since working for sustainable change requires a certain time investment, it is essential that you are willing and have your manager's permission to set aside time for development work even after the course. You have an important role in driving change and thereby contributing to Swedish development cooperation having a greater impact in Sida's partner countries.
Swedish partner organisations have the opportunity to participate in courses together with their international partners. If you are working for a non-Swedish organisation you need to be recommended by your Swedish partner organisation. The training is not targeted at private individuals.
If you have been recruited to one of Sida's training programs for service within UN organisations, the EU or in Sida's partner countries, you will be invited to a pre-deployment course at SPF. Programs involved are:
- Junior Professional Officer (JPO)
- Special Assistant to the Resident Coordinator (SARC)
- Bilaterala Biträdande Experter (BBE)
- UN Youth Volunteer (UNYV)
- Junior Professionals in Delegation (JPD)
SPF has developed the concept “Green Courses”, so that all our courses reduce their CO2 emissions. That means, for example:
- Transitioning to vegetarian/vegan food
- Consuming only tap water in our facilities
- Recommending sustainable modes of travel for course participants
- Creating flower meadows outside the training center to increase biodiversity
- Facilitating global, digital meetings to reach out to international partners
Our approach to learning
Our pedagogy has three foundations:
- Personalised learning
- Learning as a process
- Changing organisational norms
By encouraging reflection on your own learning process, the probability of achieving lasting results increases. As a participant, you are encouraged to express how relevant the material is for you and how you can apply it in your current tasks. By bringing the attention to those very insights that raise engagement and curiosity, we focus the learning on where is most likely to take root, to grow and to produce results.
As we see learning as a continuous process, we integrate learning elements both before and after the course. When we follow up after a course, we focus particularly on how you can adjust general recommendations to best integrate new norms in the unique context of your organisation.
In order to embed new norms and routines with all relevant parties within an organisation, it is hardly enough that a few individuals have enhanced their own competence within a given field. For this reason, SPF encourages several employees from a given organisation taking the course together, to increase the chance that learning is taken further within the organisation.
In most cases Sida covers training, as well as accommodation and meals for in-person courses. However personnel from participating organisations need to cover their travel costs and other additional costs for in-person courses.