IAEA-Technical Cooperation Report For 2009

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International Atomic Energy Agency
This year's Technical Cooperation (TC) Report is set out in three parts: A, Strengthening the Agency's technical cooperation activities; B, mobilizing resources for the TC programme; and C, Programme activities and achievements in 2009, organized according to region and thematic sector. This year, part A of the Report concentrates on a number of overarching themes: innovative approaches to the development of human resources, links to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and regional cooperation and technical cooperation among developing countries. The report also provides an overview of recent Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) evaluations of TC projects. The Agency offers training to individuals and groups around the world, delivered through many channels. The Agency's traditional national and regional training courses are well known, but it also supports human resource development in a range of innovative ways, through distance learning, for example, or by offering opportunities for continuous professional development. TC projects have supported curriculum development in many Member States, and the Agency's proactive approach to educational partnerships has ensured the participation of a wide spectrum of specialized organizations and networks. Fellowships and scientific visits complete the spectrum of available training opportunities, and in this area too, the Agency has deployed new practices to address the challenge of placing fellows in today's security-conscious world. By utilizing fellowship placement and management Institutions in host countries, and by hosting special courses for national groups in Vienna, the Agency ensures that urgent national needs are addressed even in difficult circumstances.