Sida International Training Programmes

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Within the framework of its operations, Sida promotes participation by Swedish organisations, institutions and companies in development cooperation programmes. Sida strives to create conditions for sustainable development that eventually render development cooperations unnecessary.

Sida sponsors some 70 training programmes every year in Sweden financed by its International Training allocations. These programmes aim at enhancing managerial and technical skills in partner countries and cover subjects of strategic importance to economic and social development.

The aim is to contribute to capacity development and processes of change in partner countries and other developing countries by offering key persons training programmes in subject areas given priority in Swedish development cooperation, in which Swedish expertise is in demand, and in which use is made of experience from countries at different stages of development. Examples of areas are trade and industry, democray and human rights, the environment and infrastructure.

The central feature of the programmes is the educational methods used, which support the possibilities available to the participants to adapt knowledge and experience gained to the situation in their own countries.

The application forms and brochures are received by the Embassy of Sweden in Ankara and distributed to the related authorities in Turkey. All courses have a deadline for applications and the applications should be received by the Embassy of Sweden in Ankara within the allocated deadline.

Acceptance to Sida sponsored training programme

Acceptance to a training programme is informed directly to the candidate via Sida. If the candidate has not received this information the Embassy of Sweden in Ankara can be contacted. After receiving acceptance the candidate should be sure to have a valid passport and apply for a visa (if required) with the acceptance letter as soon as possible.

Regarding costs during the training programme, previously the international courses had different levels in permitting the participants pay for their pariticipation in the programmes. Now these costs (incl. accomodation and meal allowance) are included in the contract, and Sida covers all these costs. This is a general rule and applies to all interantional training programmes. Today the only difference between programmes is that some programmes require the participants to pay for their travel to and from Sweden (namely "hard programmes" - in infrastructure and industry), whereas in others Sida covers all travel costs as well (namely "soft programmes" - social sectors). The other cost that has to be carried by the participants is the ones related to the visa application, and this is general for all programmes. Please also note that Sweden does not require a visa for Turkish citizens holding Grey and Green passports for a stay no longer than 3 (three) months.

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