According to Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, “Mobilizing additional resources from donors and partners helps UNESCO to strengthen the outreach and the impact of its programmes. Extrabudgetary funds represent a vital resource for the success of our action”. IITE recognizes the important role of its partners and donors in successful implementation of its priority programmes and leads an open dialogue with the private sector on opportunities to engage in IITE’s activities in accordance with priorities of UNESCO.
The issues of resource mobilization, management of extrubudgetary projects, cooperation and partnership between UNESCO and the private sector were discussed at UNESCO IITE on 28-29 September, 2015, during the seminar-training moderated by Ms. Elvira Goetz, Assistant Programme Specialist at Bureau of Strategic Planning, Focal Point, Cooperation with Private Sector from the UNESCO Headquarters, and Prof. Alexander Khoroshilov, Officer-In-Charge of UNESCO IITE.
The first day of the event held in the form of IITE staff training. It was dedicated to the consideration of key issues of the UNESCO resource mobilizing strategy designed for the efficiency and effectiveness, specificities of fundraising and management of extrubudgetary projects as well as practical issues of cooperation with the private sector. Ms. Elvira Goetz introduced and discussed with the IITE staff cases and best practice in the field of fundraising and extrabudgetary activities in the context of UNESCO resource mobilization objectives and strategy, general principles and regulations, and also shared experiences of successful project implementation in the framework of cooperation with private sector. Special attention was paid to: general principles, regulations, formats, and templates with concrete examples of project proposals and agreements; demonstration of B4U budget tool usage and reply to some budget questions; functions and roles of BSP, IOS and BFM
On 29 September, the IITE long-trusted partners from private IT companies (such as Cisco, MS, Intel, HP, Apple, Samsung, SAP, Autodesk, Arkadin, LANIT, e-NANO Learning Center, and Global Lab) and from several IITE partner universities were invited to participate in special meeting and discussion. Ms. Goetz introduced UNESCO approaches to partnership with private sector, demonstrated the benefits and opportunities of cooperation with UNESCO, explained various options and means of supporting UNESCO, presented some examples of cooperation between UNESCO and private companies, detailed consideredselection criteria, due diligence process, definition of “Private sector” for UNESCO as well as answered for a number of questions. In the end of the event the new partnership agreements with Arkadin and Global Lab were signed by IITE Officer-In-Charge Prof. Alexander Khoroshilov.
See more information about UNESCO’s partnerships with the private sector and opportunities to get engaged at: http://en.unesco.org/partnerships/private_sector