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Services for International Partners

The Service for International Partnerships (SIP) is one of the working tools of the KIP International School.

Set up in 1991 by UNDP and UNOPS, the service supported decentralized cooperation providing technical assistance to European sub-national governments for the establishment of international partnerships within the framework of several multilateral programmes for human development. These programmes have been realized in Albania, Angola, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Lebanon, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Uruguay. More than 400 decentralized partnerships have been promoted and established, involving institutional, social and economic actors of the local communities, favoring the realization of shared cooperation projects for territorial development in various fields. The knowledge and the high-level professional capacities of the different territories have been mobilized for exchanges and to identify solutions to the main development problems of the partners, as well as to raise financial resources.

The Service provides support and technical assistance to the interested Governments and United Nations agencies in order to mobilize the Local Public Administration and other actors of decentralized cooperation of the European countries and to establish links with local partners from different countries.

At present, the Service for International Partnerships, thanks to its long term experience, is promoting and facilitating the active participation of the Local Governments (Regions, Provinces and Municipalities) and local stakeholders in the framework of the International School activities. In particular, the decentralized cooperation actors may have a strategic role in supporting Governments and local institutions of the countries interested in:

  • Specific thematic projects of national impact, such as management of environmental resources and ecological tourism, valorization of organic agricultural products, promotion of social enterprises, valorization of the historical heritage, etc.;
  • Exchange and transfer of know-how on issues related to territorial development requested by the countries, such as strategic territorial planning, methodologies of participatory management, mobilizing universities and concerned actors to work within the framework of decentralized cooperation partnerships;
  • Strengthening local capacities for sustainable economic development, through partnerships involving the Local Economic Development Agencies (LEDAs) and local economic actors of the European countries, such Regional Development Agencies, Business Innovation Centers (BICs) and others.
  • Promotion of innovation for human development, mobilizing centers and specialized services that can contribute with innovative methodologies and technologies to solve territorial development problems, and bringing technical assistance to transfer these innovations to the interested countries.

The European Regional and Local Governments mobilized in support of the International School activities are presented in the web site section dedicated to the partners.

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