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SI Public Sector Innovation Programme 2023

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What is SI Public Sector Innovation Programme?
Through the SI Public Sector Innovation Programme, the Swedish Institute wants to promote innovation in the public sector in order to strengthen the ability of the participating countries to implement Agenda 2030. Innovation refers to new or better ways of creating value for society, businesses, and citizens. This can involve new products or technical solutions, but it can also be new ways of planning and developing cities, rural areas, and residential environments.

A public sector with a well-developed innovation capacity, based on values such as democracy, sustainability, and equality, is a central factor in the possibility of solving numerous societal challenges. Some examples of such challenges can be how to preserve welfare in society despite increased costs, limited funds, and lack of expertise. It can also be problems relating to the adaptation to climate change and the transformation of the energy and transportation systems.

Who can apply
This call is aimed at Swedish higher education insitutions who wish to organise training programmes that strengthens the capacity of the participants to work with the implementation of Agenda 2030.

The application can be made individually or in collaboration with other stakeholders in Sweden and/or in other countries. A Swedish higher education institution may be the main applicant in more than one application, provided that different working groups, units, and/or departments within the organisation are responsible for the practical implementation of the proposed training programmes.

Target group
The target group for the training programmes is civil servants and elected officials in the public sector, with a clear mandate to make decisions and conduct advocacy work within their organisations. They should be regarded as decision-makers or specialist who, on a daily basis, are involved in questions related to the subject of the training programme.

Representatives of civil society organisations and people with leading positions in business can be included as participants if this clearly benefits/contributes to the training programme’s goals.

The programmes are expected to lead to actual change and the results should not remain at an academic level. Academics should therefore not be considered the main target group for the training programmes implemented within the SI Public Sector Innovation Programme.