In 1957-1958 the term “Participation Programme” was used for the first time in the Programme and Budget. Originally assistance was given to Member States for unplanned activities – “technical aid services for special activities”. Nowadays, the UNESCO Participation Programme is an integral part of the Organization’s biennial programme.
It is a means of:
- Strengthening partnerships
- Improving the relevance of regional cooperation,
- Boosting the action of the National Commissions for UNESCO and strengthening their capacities,
- Involving the Secretariat’s sectors and services more closely in the evaluation and implementation of projects.
The effectiveness of the Participation Programme:
- Lies in the improvement it brings to project implementation
- The contribution it makes to the ongoing task of achieving greater synergy between the efforts of Member States and those of the UNESCO Secretariat
The projects or action plans submitted must relate to the activities of the Organization and the activities of the National Commissions for UNESCO. The different types of assistance that can be requested under the Participation Programme are as follows:
- Specialist and consultant services
- Study grants and fellowships
- Publications, periodicals and documentation
- Conferences, meetings, seminars or training courses