Embassy of Sweden Call for Applications: Intellectual Property for Least Developed Countries

Deadline: 28 October 2017

The Embassy of Sweden has announced that applications are now open for the upcoming International Training Programme on “Intellectual Property for Least Developed Countries”.

Programme Objectives

The main objectives and rationale of the Programme are the following.

  • To increase the familiarity with the three pillars on which an effective Intellectual Property system rests, namely legislation, enforcement and management, both from a national and an international perspective is the basic aim of the Programme, using Sweden as an illustrative example.
  • To inform about and discuss a number of special issues of actual importance, such as the economic impact of Intellectual Property law and of the Intellectual Property industries in the national economies and also the impact of piracy of protected works and ways and means to combat this phenomenon.
  • To discuss and provide illustration of various aspects of international negotiations in the field of intellectual property.
  • To assess the intellectual property situation in respective country and identify areas of improvement based on knowledge and experiences from the course, as well as discussions among participants, e.g. through the implementation of the country project.
  • To create networks among the participants to share experience and knowledge. Participants will also be encouraged to form national networks of stakeholders.


The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will cover all costs related to all programme phases except personal expenses, visa fees or any local airport taxes and departure fees.

Target Region

Africa, Asia.

Target Group

The Programme is directed towards policymakers and their advisers as well as towards persons at a senior decision-making level from the government sector, collective management organizations and also to persons from the university or the private sector who are or who will be involved in issues concerning Intellectual Property rights on a national level. The number of participants is limited to 27. Emphasis will be made on the selection of senior officials with experience in areas of transfer of technology and technological capacity building in order to promote cooperation between institutions of higher learning, research institutions, industries, and business to initiate project-based activities on invention and innovation.

Participation Requirements

  • The participants accepted to the programme shall be obliged to participate in all phases of the programme. Substitutes will not be accepted for any phases.
  • Management approval for all participation and project work is mandatory and is to be confirmed in the application.
  • The participant should have some proficiency in the use of computers (word processing) and access to computers with Internet connection in the home country (for e-mail communications).
  • The WIPO general course on Intellectual Property (DL101) or equivalent knowledge is recommended but not a prerequisite.
  • The participant’s professional role in his/her home country is more important than formal qualifications.
  • When accepted to the programme candidates will be asked to prepare a short description of the chosen project.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

For more information, please visit Call for Applications.

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