The International Institutes
International Institutes Cooperation Programme (in Dutch SII)
is one of the education programmes of the Netherlands Ministry
of Foreign Affairs/Development Cooperation. The SII programme is
a higher education programme focused on South-South cooperation.
It finances higher education projects with a regional or
multi-country focus and in which the activities are
demand-driven. The programme may finance (a combination of)
activities in the fields of policy development, research (in the
field of higher education), capacity building, higher education
management, training of trainers, curriculum development, short
courses, Masters degrees, Ph.D programmes, seminars, staff and
management training and scholarships. For each project at least
one of the beneficiary countries must be a bilateral partner
country for Dutch development cooperation (see Annex 2)
The SII has
two main aims:
to strengthen the higher education sector
in developing countries by supporting organisations and
cooperative initiatives which aim to improve the quality,
relevance and accessibility of higher education;
to increase the opportunities open to
people from developing countries to participate in higher
education in their own region.
The Priorities of
the Ministry regarding SII include:
emphasis on institutional capacity building. Study in the
region is only
emphasis on networks/network advantages.
emphasis on indicators of results and final impact.
can be submitted by international or regional organisations, as
well as by local organisations representing a network in
requirements for applications are:
Initiatives should have a
regional or multi-country focus.
Proposals should be demand
Applicant organisations should
have sufficient organisational capacity.
At least one of the beneficiary countries
must be on the list of 36 partner
countries of the Netherlands.
Project proposals (and further reports)
should be written in English.
P.O. Box 20061
2500 EB The
phone: + 31 70
348 7349 /4265
fax: +31 70
Annex 1: Specific
requirements for project/programme proposals and/(financial)
targets, results, activities and (financial) means is
important. These sections should be measurable and specific.
The budget in
the financial report should be based on the budget of the
project proposal (same currency, same items).
real expenditures (compared to the project proposal) should
be clarified in the financial report.
should always have a clear relationship with the project
plan and/or annual report.
the budget should be based on price and quantity (p x q).
should be stated on a cash basis of accounting (total
expenditures/total revenues and the SII financed part of
should be balanced for the whole period.
other donors should be stated.
means already existent beforehand should be stated.
Annex 2: SII country list
Countries with a structural
development co-operation relationship with the Netherlands