Benchmarking study: Responsible Funding programmes for Global South partnerships in higher education and research

Development Higher education Internationalisation
Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) and Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID) partnered up to create a benchmarking study to identify what peer countries do on globally responsible funding and see what Finland could learn from others’ experiences.

The study looks at 12 institutions with over 30 programmes from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, that support Global South partnerships in research, higher education and capacity-building, including mobility and scholarship schemes. The selection was based on their complementarity or comparability to the Finnish context. The report highlights examples from the selected programmes and the main findings form a set of good practices. Trends are categorized under four key aspects that should be taken into account in programme planning:

  • Policy coherence, joint funding, and national coordination
  • Selection of partner countries, and building needs-based cooperation strategies and reciprocity
  • Actions, focus, and scope of the programme
  • Fostering sustainability, impact, and multi-sectoral cooperation

The good practices identified in the report will be useful once the policy frame and focus of the Finnish globally responsible funding programme are negotiated and defined. Similarily, the report can offer inspirational examples and good practices also for other future funding initiatives and programme planning in Finland and internationally.