NFP Trainings in The Netherlands, Indonesia and South Africa

Deadline: 4 February 2014
Open to:  professionals who are the nationals of and work and live in NFP Country with at least three years experience
Fellowship: travel, accommodation, tuition fee and insurance


The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) is a scholarship programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is funded from the Ministry’s development cooperation budget. The aim of the programme is to help reduce the shortage of skilled workers.

The target group consists of professionals working in one of the 50 NFP countries. The successful completion of a study programme will help them to further develop and strengthen the organisations at which they work.

Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) is accepting fellowship applications for the following trainings:

1. Organized Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness – 15-26 September 2014, The Netherlands

Small farmers not only constitute the majority of the world’s poor, they are also the majority of the world’s small and medium enterprises. Through collective action of their organisations, farmers can improve their performance and income. Facilitators, equipped with the right approaches and tools, can do more to support the farmers’ business organisations in their entrepreneurial endeavours.

2. Lost Harvest and Wasted Food – 15-26 September 2014, The Netherlands

Large contrasts exist in how we manage the food we have available. While in parts of our societies there is a shortage of food, in the urban and wealthier communities, good food is thrown away only because it is beyond its sell-by date. Optimising the ‘farm to fork’ chain can contribute significantly to food security.

3. Governance of Landscapes, Forests and People – 15-26 September 2014, Indonesia

Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. Site-based or community level approaches can no longer cope with these issues which exceed the local sphere of influence. Although landscapes are usually considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options, they are rarely recognised as units of political administrative decision making, hence do not have any formal place in decentralised structures of states.

4. Facilitating Multi-Stakeholder Processes and Social Learning – 29 September – 17 October 2014, The Netherlands

Complex problems require innovative solutions. Such solutions are created when diverse stakeholders are able to meet, share experiences, learn together and contribute to decisions. Ultimate success then lies in developing the collective commitment and capacity to turn ideas and plans into action. This can be achieved through multi-stakeholder processes (MSPs) and social learning.

5. Local Economic Development – 29 September – 10 October 2014, South Africa

Market-led economic development is ‘hot’ these days. It is considered to be an important vehicle for poverty reduction and sustainable development. But the focus tends to be on international trade – while for most smallholder producers, rural economies and the dynamics of local-to-local markets are far more important.

6. Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries – 22 September – 10 October 2014, The Netherlands

Maintaining healthy ecosystems and a vibrant fishing sector is of paramount importance to all coastal regions in the world. Making sure that the interests of the fishery sector are considered and represented versus the claims and interests of other user groups, is one of the tasks of the fisheries manager. The ecosystem approach takes the wider ecosystem and its interactions with fisheries into consideration.


To be eligible for NFP Fellowship, applicants must be government or non-government professionals who are the nationals of and work and live in NFP Country (in the regions the training course is accepting applications from) with at least three years experience and is nominated by her/his employer with clear need for training within the context of organization.


NFP Fellowship covers travel, accommodation, tuition fee and insurance.


The application deadline for the fellowships is 4 February 2014.

For more information visit the official website.

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