Refresher courses

Important note: Due to COVID-19, many IHS Refresher Courses have been postponed. At the moment, applications are open for the refresher course in Egypt (deadline May 23rd) and course dates are announced for the refresher course in Guatemala. The application deadlines and course dates for the remaining refresher courses are soon to be announced. 

For many years, IHS has organised regional refresher courses addressed to its alumni, thanks to the financial support provided by NUFFIC. The duration of these courses is usually 2 weeks and they are organised annually in close cooperation with local organisations that also benefit from the wealth of experience brought by IHS staff and alumni.

The courses refresh previous issues and fine-tune participants’ experience and knowledge with current international policy practices and new issues that have emerged since their participation in IHS courses. The courses are very interactive. Participants have the chance to present their experiences and often this generates a rapid assessment of what is going on regionally. It is an excellent opportunity for networking and for assessing the impact of their previous training at IHS. The refresher courses are a sub-programme of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) and participants have to be Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) alumni to apply for a fellowship. Find out whether you are eligible to join a refresher course in your region in the list of eligibility criteria.

In recent years, Refreshers courses have been offered in South Africa, Thailand, Zambia, Indonesia, India, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Egypt, China, Cuba, Peru, Ghana, Vietnam, Colombia, Philippines, Nigeria, and Uganda. If you belong to an Alumni association or if your organisation would like to host such a course, contact IHS.

These are the upcoming refresher courses that IHS will hold:

1. Towards sustainable food security: Promoting inclusive urban agriculture in the context of land constraints and challenges

  • Egypt: 13-24 June 2021
  • Application deadline: May 23 
  • Course Coordinators: Bahar Sakizlioglu, Maartje van Eerd, Alonso Ayala

2. Making Central American cities greener: Reducing water and food production vulnerabilities caused by water extremes: Gender-responsive strategies in times of climate change

  • Guatemala: 20 September - 1 October 2021
  • Application deadline: To be announced
  • Course Coordinators: Ogenis Brilhante and Julia Skinner 

3. Building with Nature: Creating Smart and Climate-Resilient Cities with Nature-based Solutions in Southeast Asia

  • Philippines
  • Application deadline: To be announced
  • Course Coordinators: Charmae Pyl Nercua, Elena Ensenado

4. Climate Change and Land: Developing Pathways to Water and Climate Resilient Cities in Vietnam and Mainland Southeast Asia

  • Vietnam
  • Application deadline: To be announced
  • Course Coordinators: Paul Rabe, Alberto Gianoli


5. Involving the marginalised: Applying innovative Urban Planning and Land Management Strategies for Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security 

  • Tanzania: postponed
  • Course Coordinators: Ore Fika, Saskia Ruijsink

6. Making Southern African cities greener in a time of climate change: Strategies to reduce water and food production vulnerabilities caused by water extremes

  • South Africa
  • Application deadline: To be announced
  • Course Coordinators: Ogenis Brilhante and Julia Skinner

7. Food for the City: Linking good land and water governance for lasting food security and local economic development

  • Sudan
  • Application deadline: To be announced
  • Course Coordinators: Ore Fika

Past refresher courses

In 2019, IHS organised five refresher courses in Bolivia, Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria and Colombia, with support from Nuffic.

  • Making Andean Cities Greener in time of Climate Change: Strategies to reduce water, energy and transport sectors impacts and vulnerabilities caused by water extremes (Bolivia)
  • Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction (Philippines)
  • Planning for food: linking food security & water management to pro-poor housing development in Ghanaian Cities (Ghana)
  • The contribution of sustainable land governance to local economic development in climate-induced regions (Nigeria)
  • Peacebuilding in peri-urban areas in Colombia: nature-based solutions for community resilience (Colombia)

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