Higher education institutions as catalysts for poverty reduction and sustainable development
DelPHE was a follow up to, and built on the experiences of, the Higher Education Links scheme (1981-2006).
DelPHE was seen as a new way to enable higher education institutions (HEIs) around the world to work together to improve:
- Academic rigour
- The capacity of research departments and their potential to influence policy and practice
- The quality of curriculum development and delivery
This would enable HEIs to act as catalysts for poverty reduction and sustainable development.
The UK Government's Department for International Development (DfID) invested £15 million in DelPHE between 2006 to 2013. The programme budget was increased, in September 2009, by an additional £3 million specifically for support to Iraq.
DelPHE in Ethiopia
DelPHE aimed to support partnerships between HEIs to build and strengthen the capacity of HEIs in Ethiopia. This was done in order to:
- Contribute towards the UN Millenium Development Goals
- Promote science and technology related knowledge and skills
- Influence relevant national policy and practice
- Build academic and research capacity both at an institutional and individual level.
In order to give the programme a more strategic focus, the projects also had to:
- Have closer links with broader country level development plans
- Be based on demand from partner institution and their local community to build good community links
- Have stronger mechanisms to promote sustainability
- Have a broader definition of 'higher education' to include colleges and other post-secondary institutions
- Have measures for disseminating and replicating best practice through networks, workshops and information exchanges
- Have greater synergy between HE partnerships and other DfID programmes
- Have good cooperation and information–sharing with other development agencies
In Ethiopia DELPHE supported 12 partnership projects on education, health, agriculture, peace and security, environment, tourism, and energy, with a total budget of £1million.
You can read about two of the projects here: