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Partnership to meet Millennium Development

3 September 09

The University of Bradford will begin a three year partnership with The Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Friends International in Cambodia this month. The partnership is funded by the British Council under the Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DeLPHE) scheme, which seeks to develop higher education partnerships between the UK and those in developing countries. The scheme can help to build new capacities for poverty reduction in accordance with the objectives of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The collaboration will develop a Social Enterprise taught module that will be delivered as part of the Post Graduate Development Studies at RUPP, a professional work-based diploma in Social Enterprise for NGO practitioners, and an internship programme for RUPP students which will be co-ordinated by Friends International who run various social business ventures across Cambodia to provide apprenticeship opportunities for vulnerable youths.

The project will also involve new research work undertaken by DES academics alongside academics at RUPP and development practitioners in Cambodia.  This will explore the benefits of the social economy and mechanisms for social inclusion and gender parity. The dissemination of research throughout NGO and advocacy networks aims to build the reputation of RUPP as a centre of excellence in social enterprise and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship more widely in development projects.

The Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DeLPHE) project is significantly important to DES because it will facilitate knowledge transfer between DES and the Postgraduate Development Studies Programme at RUPP in Cambodia in relation to the field of social enterprise and the social economy, which is presently under investigation as an academic discipline in many developing countries. The intended outcome of this project enables DES to make a strong contribution towards building the capacities of RUPP postgraduate students of development studies in their exploration of innovative ways of working towards the poverty reduction targets established by the Millennium Development Goals.

Head of Development and Economic Studies (DES) at the University of Bradford, Patrick Ryan, said: "The DelPHE funding from the British Council enables a new partnership between DES and academics in Cambodia which builds on already existing relations between DES and the Cambodia Development Resource Institute."

3 September 09

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