Overseas Development and Multilateral Development Agencies
Asian Development Bank
AIT Extension has served the Asian Development Bank since the late 1980s. National governments and public organizations from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka that receive loans and grants from ADB have sent government officials and project staff to attend short courses, seminars and workshops at AIT Extension. AIT Extension has also been contracted by ADB to implement medium/long term capacity building programs, and has supported the organization of many ADB meetings at AIT. In 2003 and 2004, AIT Extension conducted several courses under the Phnom Penh Plan, including courses on Participation in Government and Civil Society and Rural Leadership. Since 2003, AIT Extension has worked extensively with the ADB-funded Secondary Education Modernization Project in Sri Lanka.
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
AIT Extension and Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) have jointly organized several International Workshops on ICT and Management in Agricultural Research for Development. AIT Extension served as host organization as well as taking the lead in managing learning events and facilitating workshops on agricultural research information systems and knowledge management.
Canadian International Development Agency
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) provided funding to AIT for the Southeast Asia Urban Environmental Management Applications Project from 2003 to 2008. The project contributed to the improvement of urban environmental conditions in Southeast Asia. AIT Extension gave technical assistance to the project by providing consultancy services and facilitating policy dialogues workshop for national governments. AIT Extension also designed and conducted Training of Trainers on Planning and Management of Urban Environmental Infrastructure and Services.
Danish International Development Agency
The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) country projects has provided funding support for government officials and project personnel from Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia and Vietnam to attend short courses at AIT Extension. AIT Extension has had a long-term collaboration with the DANIDA-Rural Development Project of the Local Engineering Department (LGED), Government of Bangladesh to train LGED engineers and build capacity for rural development, community-based project management and rural road maintenance and management. AIT Extension trained the trainers and change agents of Livelihoods and Marine Protected Areas project, which was funded by DANIDA Vietnam. Since 2003, AIT Extension has worked with DANIDA’s Educational Sector Advisory Team in Nepal to support the development of the National Center for Educational Development.
Since 2008, AIT Extension has been working with the DfID-funded MATT 2 program (2006-2013) is a joint initiative of the Government of Bangladesh and DfID to develop reformed human resource management systems within the Bangladesh Civil Service as an important building block for incremental administrative reform. It aims to create a critical mass of reform-minded civil servants who, through mutual support and pressure, at strategic and influential locations within the civil service, and through their own improved performance, will generate and demand administrative reform from inside the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS). AIT Extension contributes a Regional Exposure Visit Program as part of this process.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GTZ)
GTZ country offices and projects provided funding support for government officials and project personnel from Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other countries to attend short courses at AIT Extension. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, GTZ-Nepal’s Urban Development through Local Efforts (udle) contracted AIT Extension to conduct seminar and exposure visit programs on subjects related to urban poverty reduction and public-private partnership in urban development.
FK Norway (Fredskorpset)
FK Norway is a public body answerable to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. FK Norway’s aim is to promote the mutual exchange of knowledge, experiences and skills.
Since 2003, AIT Extension has worked with FK Norway to deliver a preparatory program for young professionals participating in FK’s South-South Programme. This program is an exchange of participants in partner networks between two or more developing countries. To date, 12 such courses have been organized at AIT.
SNV country offices and SNV projects provided funding support for SNV staff and project personnel from Bhutan, Lao PDR, Nepal and Vietnam to attend short courses at AIT Extension. In 2006, AIT Extension provided two program specialists to conduct 5-day workshop on Good Governance in Public Services for SNV staff. In this workshop, AIT Extension worked closely with facilitators from Social and Economic Department, International Agriculture Center, the Netherlands.
United Nations Development Programme
During recent years, AIT Extension has worked frequently with UNDP Nepal and UNDP Bangladesh. A short course on Management for Development Results (MfDR) was developed and conducted by AIT Extension for government officials and UNDP staff from Nepal. This training course was sponsored by UNDP and ADB. AIT Extension was commissioned by UNDP Bangladesh to organize three seminar and exposure visit programs on Project Monitoring and Evaluation focused on MDGs. UNDP-Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction (UPPR) also requested AIT Extension to conduct study tour program on Urban Poverty Reduction.
United Nations Fund for Population Activities
The Department of Technical and Economics Cooperation, Government of Thailand and UNFPA-Asia Pacific Office (based in Bangkok) requested AIT to develop training modules for Training of Trainers (ToT) course. The course was designed for upgrading capacity of trainers of government officials and human resource development personnel in Thai public health organizations and institutions. AIT Extension conducted and delivered eight ToT course from 2001 to 2003, and it trained more than 150 trainers. These trainers were equipped with HRD knowledge and skills to deliver training courses on Family Planning and Reproductive Health for countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
AIT Extension has been commissioned by UNICEF Jordan to develop training modules and conduct six short courses for government officials and staff of the General Directorate of Human Resources (GDHR), Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works (MMPW), Government of Iraq. The purpose of these courses, to be run in 2010, is to strengthen the effectiveness of GDHR in performing its training functions. It is expected that ultimately GDHR would have adequate qualified trainers, quality training curriculum and resources to deliver training course for MMPW staff.
Mekong River Commission
AIT has renewed its collaboration with the Mekong River Commission (MRC), with a recent agreement to collaborate on capacity development at various levels, joint research initiatives, e-learning, exchange of visiting speakers and internships at MRC for AIT students. Research will focus on adaptation mechanisms and strategies for climate change and transboundary water resources management.