Evaluation of the Swedish Intellectual Property Office (PRV) International Training Programme (ITP) on Intellectual Property for Development (2015 – 2022)
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 was 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 was 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 identfied results, collected lessons learned and provided 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. 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.
The ITPs on Intellectual Property (IP) are very much appreciated by ex-participants and their organisations. The ITPs are a product of a strong partnership and long-term cooperation between PRV and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation). Sida and PRV are recommended to:
1. Invest time to design and develop a new phase of ITPs on IP with an increased focus on organisational and institutional capacity development.
2. Discuss and set clear parameters for the design and preparation of a possible new round of ITPs on IP.
3. Review its partnership with its current implementing partners, and based on this review, decide if and how to cooperate in a future ITP programme.
4. Develop an approach and instruments to establish a network of ex-alumnae of its ITP courses.