In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and IHE Delft jointly launched the project "Strengthening Small Island Developing States’ capacity in the water sector to cope with the effects of climate change”, aiming to strengthen the capacity of professionals and decision makers to improve water management in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to better address future challenges such as coping with the effects of climate change.
Since the start of this project 22 water professionals from 16 countries, responsible for key decision making processes in the governments of SIDS, successfully graduated or will soon defend their MSc thesis at IHE Delft. Another 67 water professionals and decision makers from 29 SIDS countries participated in short courses to enhance their expertise on relevant topics.
For the Academic Year 2018-2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make available an additional 14 fellowships for MSc studies at IHE Delft. MSc Fellowships will be provided to participants from ODA SIDS countries and cover the cost of tuition fees, accommodation, insurance and travel. The 18 month MSc programmes include 6 months' field based research, to be conducted preferably on specific problems in the home country of the participant. During the taught part in Delft, extra-curricular workshops will be organised to strengthen the relations amongst SIDS water professionals and to stimulate the building of a Community of Practice.
Short Courses in the Pacific and Caribbean region
To further strengthen networks of water professionals in SIDS regions, the Ministry will also support two short courses to be organised in the Pacific and Caribbean, respectively, with 20 fellowships each. More information about these short courses will be made available soon.