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Deadline: 13 May 2011


To Promote human resources capacities in the developing countries through intensive training and to enhance international understanding and friendship amoung peoples of the world and the people of Israel.

The Government of Israel is placing at the disposal of UNESCO a number of fellowships for the benefit of certain Member States (especially the least developed countries) within the framework of the UNESCO Fellowships Programme. Beneficiaries of these fellowships will be given the opportunity of participating in a variety of training courses in Israel, conducted under the sponsorship of the MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Develoment Cooperation.


“Slum Upgrading and the Delivery of Services to the Urban Poor”
(From 4 July to 2 August 2011)

Host Institution: Weitz Centre for Development Studies


Objectives: This seminar aims at enabling participants to acquire practical tools for the design and implementation of innovative strategies to slum upgrading. Specifically, participants will benefit from:

• Global experience in slum upgrading;
• The organizational and financial frameworks developed by Israel’s Ministry of Construction and Housing, a leading actor in these strategies in Israel and partner of this seminar;
• Israel’s experience in PPP and integrated approaches to upgrading poor urban areas and its adaptation to the developing world;
• Understanding the critical role of an integrated approach, of partnerships and of implementation mechanisms in slums upgrading;
• Understanding the role of national and local governments, private sector and civil society in upgrading urban neighborhoods; and
• Exercising the formulation of small scale upgrading projects.
Main Areas of the Programme

• Introductory Sessions: Slums in the urban development context, Integrated assets based on strategic approach to urban development
• Slum Upgrading – Global Experience: Key factors for successful slum upgrading, Obstacles and barriers to slum upgrading, Approach, experience, lessons learnt and tools
• Urban Areas Revitalization – the Israeli Experience: The Israeli context – features processes and indicators of urban poverty; Policies and strategies; Urban Renewal, Clearance and Construction, Infill – and their relevance to developing countries
• Implementation Mechanisms: Local and national planning, management tools and legal frameworks; Organizational platforms for planning, implementation and management; Developing institutional capacities; The role of the different stakeholders – central and local government, civil society and private sector
• Slum upgrading and service delivery from different angles: the public sector – improving living conditions, empowering communities, small-scale infrastructure development and social services through slum upgrading; the private sector – financial opportunities with benefits to the public, project management; civil society – building community resilience, participation and empowerment to ensure benefits for the community
• Field visits, workshops, meetings with professionals and decision makers, and personal assignments and formulation of small-scale planning projects in small groups


a) The course is intended for planners, architects, engineers, economists, community workers, administrators and policy makers working in government ministries (such as local government, housing, development, welfare, health and others), in local authorities, NGOs and CBOs active in the field, as well as business organizations and academic institutions engaged with slum upgrading programs;
b) Be proficient in reading and writing in the language of instruction; (if the language of instruction is not the mother tongue, a certificate of language proficiency must be provided); and
c) Be in good health, both physically and mentally


a) Registration and tuition free of charge;
b) Free accommodation (Participants will reside at “Reisfeld Residence” of the Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot, Israel); and
c) Health insurance and free basic medical care (This does not include dental treatments, pregnancy, eyeglasses, and chronic illnesses.).


a) UNESCO will cover international travel expenses (at the most economical airfare) within the framework of the 2010-2011 Fellowships Programme; and
b) One-time special allowance amounting to US$100.

(Note: Expenses such as the processing of visa, accommodation, meals and insurance during transit and/or prolonged stay in Israel are not covered by this fellowship.)


NOTE: Please refer to the list of invited Member States who are eligible for this fellowship offer before submitting.

All applications, indicating clearly the course for which candidates are applying, should be endorsed by the relevant Government body (such as the National Commission or Permanent Delegation) and must be made on a UNESCO Fellowship Application form. Each Member State can nominate a maximum of three (3) candidatures. The letter of nomination should reach the Fellowships Section, UNESCO (7, Place de Fontenoy, 75352 PARIS O7) imperatively on or before 13 May 2011. An advance copy of the application may be sent by fax (+331.45 68 55 03) or by e-mail (

The applications should be submitted with the following attachments:

a) UNESCO Application Form, duly completed in duplicate;
b) Two photographs (4 x 6 cm);
c) Certified copies of diploma(s) in duplicate;
d) Certificate of language proficiency (if needed);
e) A medical certificate of good health*. DO NOT SUBMIT a medical examination report at this stage.

(* Only selected candidates will be required to provide a a certificate of good health issued by a physician)

The final selection of the fellowship beneficiaries will be made by the MASHAV (Israel).


“Member States Invited to Submit Applications”

Belarus, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Maldives, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Zambia


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