|SEAMEO -- Germany Programme of Cooperation
Development and Forms of Assistance
SEAMEO Educational Development Fund
The SEAMEO Educational Development Fund (SEAMEO EDF) was established in 1971 to serve as a repository for gifts to SEAMEO for support of Special Funds requirements. Since F.Y. 1973/74, the Federal Republic of Germany has made contributions in the form of scholarships, which are now classified under the SEAMEO EDF.
Tied Contributions are restricted for use by a particular Centre/Project or for a particular category of Special Funds in line with terms and conditions laid down by Germany. Untied funds are unrestricted in nature and are allocated to appropriate Centres/Project by the SEAMEO Secretariat. Currently, the SEAMEO Special Funds (untied) are used to finance training and research scholarships; governing board meetings; seminars and special conferences and personnel exchanges. Germany's tied contributions to the SEAMEO EDF are in the form of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarships, earmarked for SEAMEO SEARCA and TROPMED, and special projects through the GTZ. The DAAD has provided scholarship grants to SEAMEO since F.Y. 1972/73, with SEAMEO TROPMED as the first beneficiary, receiving US$ 17,440.00.
SEAMEO received a voluntary contribution of US$ 5,000 for F.Y. 1997/98 for Untied Funds. For F.Y. 1997/98, 18 DAAD scholarships totaling US$ 185,400 were awarded to SEAMEO TROPMED, shared by 27 students at three TROPMED Centres. For SEAMEO SEARCA, 11 DAAD scholarships totaling US$ 92,400 were approved for first year students and US$ 214,800 for second and third year students, also for F.Y. 1997/98.
Germany's assistance to SEAMEO is not limited to DAAD scholarships and Associate Member Contributions. Throughout the years, the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) has supported SEAMEO Centres/Project in a wide variety of ways.
The FRG in 1981, through its embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, donated technical books on marine science, forestry and pests science to SEAMEO BIOTROP, valued at DM2,000.
German Agency for Technical Cooperation
The German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) has been providing support to SEAMEO since 1973 when the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (RECSAM) entered into an agreement with GTZ. The support from GTZ has been in a variety of forms such as workshops, secondment of experts and special training courses.
For F.Y. 1997/98, GTZ and FRG supported SEAMEO TROPMED in sixteen special projects, with a total budget of US$ 298,669. These projects were composed of the following:
? Study visits on school health and AIDS education
Seminars and workshops on AIDS education, advocacy and production of audio visual materials
Special training courses and conferences on safe motherhood
Management training programmes for health workers
Planning and consultative meetings on HIV/AIDS
Current Programmes/Projects in the Region
Currently, FRG contributes annually to: the SEAMEO Secretariat for the Associate Membership contribution; SEAMEO EDF in both Tied and Untied Funds; and to special projects involving SEAMEO Centres/Project.