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Danida has announced plans for major organizational changes to BSU with effect from Phase II...

2013.08.20 | Bjørg Elvekjær

The intention is not to discontinue the support to research capacity building at universities but rather to increase the impact of the efforts. DANIDA is calling for a more lean and simple management structure on the Danish side, and more responsibility and influence placed among Southern partners.

In brief, the key implications and principles for modifications in the BSU Programme design are as follows:

  • All four thematic platforms will be phased out by 31st Dec 2013
  • The BSU Programme will be managed directly by DANIDA from 1st Jan 2014
  • Five South partner institutions will be phased out of BSU by 31st Dec 2013. From the Platform on Human Health this involves Zanzibar College of Health Sciences and National Institute of Medical Research, because these institutions don’t qualify as universities
  • Daily management, coordination and administration of the BSU Programme will be delegated to each of the continuing South institutions from Phase II
  • A number of activities developed during Phase I will no longer qualify for support including PhD scholarships, and education activities at master programmes
  • DANIDA has agreed to fund the completion of PhD studies initiated during Phase I with unspent funds and an allocation of the Phase II grant

On the short-term, the re-design of the BSU Programme implies:

  • DANIDA has launched an interim period covering the period of 1st Aug 2013 – 31st Dec 2013
  • DANIDA has contracted the process consultant, Mr. Arne Disch (Managing Partner, Scanteam, Norway), to assist the dialogue with relevant partners in Denmark and partner institutions in the South in the formulation of a renewed BSU programme
  • A revised Phase II proposal is expected to be reviewed by the DANIDA Grant Committee in Nov 2013
  • Expected start of Phase II is 1st Jan 2014

For further details regarding the decision and background for the re-design of the BSU Programme:


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