Evaluation of the Swedish Intellectual Property Office (PRV) International Training Programme (ITP) on Intellectual Property for Development (2015 – 2022)

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The International Training Programme, ITP 313 Intellectual Property for Development, is implemented by the Swedish Intellectual Property Office (hereafter PRV) and is funded by Sida, through the Strategy for capacity development, partnership and methods that support the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development (hereafter the KAPAME strategy). Together with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), PRV has a long history of implementing international training programmes targeting developing countries and their specific needs. Since the 1980’s PRV has organised international trainings and other capacity development activities in the area of intellectual property rights. The ITP modality has been used since 2004. Between 2004 and 2014, PRV together with WIPO offered three ITPs per year; titled Intellectual Property for the Least Developed Countries (228), Copyright (90) and Industrial Property Rights (009) respectively. These programmes were evaluated during 2014-2015. In 2015 PRV signed an agreement for a new series of ITPs (313) on Intellectual Property now known as Intellectual Property for Development (IPfD). New to the programme is a programme on IP and Genetic Resources, implemented in partnership with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), SIANI and We Effect.

The evaluation object is ITP 313 Intellectual Property for Development 2015 – 2022. This contribution has had a total budget of 105.233.515 SEK for a period of 7 years, whereof approximately 80 MSEK has been allocated to date. An evaluation was conducted in 2014- 2015 on the previously implemented programmes, from 2004 – 2013.

The intended use of this evaluation is to help Sida and PRV assess progress of ongoing capacity development programmes to learn what works well and what doesn’t work well. The evaluation will be used to inform decisions on how any future programmes should be designed in order to further enhance sustainable, anticipated effects in the area of Intellectual Property, innovation and institutional building of IP systems. To do this the evaluation should identify results, collect lessons learned and provide PRV and Sida on recommendations for future programme design and implementation. The evaluation is expected to have a learning effect on the different stakeholders - PRV, WIPO, other participating organisations, Sida and eventually embassy programme staff. How the evaluation is to support the learning process through communication and dissemination is to be further developed and described in the tender by the evaluators (communication and disseminationplan). Further, the evaluators are expected to translate the new knowledge into better practice in the given context and shall produce substantive ideas on how to improve the reviewed programme. Innovation needs an enabling environment for innovators and creators that can make innovations available to society at large. Since innovation is one of the cornerstones of the 2030 Agenda and many of Sida’s partner countries are yet to reap the benefits of innovation and creativity, or have access to IP system knowledge, this evaluation should serve as a valuable input for any new capacity development undertakings in the area of innovation and intellectual property.

 

 

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