Today NIR officially launches the Sustainability Impact Accelerator (SIA), a new and innovative international training programme.

SIA provides targeted capacity development to infrastructure projects that contribute to achieving Agenda 2030 in OECD/DAC countries. The programme is funded by Sida and will be implemented by NIR in close collaboration with Team Sweden. This is a long-awaited programme that will strengthen Team Sweden’s collaboration and contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The pilot phase of the programme (2021-2022) includes projects in Bangladesh, Colombia, Laos, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Institutional capacity and lack of bankable projects are two of the biggest challenges for OECD/DAC countries in achieving Agenda 2030 and implementing the Paris Agreement. Institutional capacity not only gives rise to challenges when it comes to planning and managing sustainable projects, but it also hinders funding as international financiers will not invest in projects that fail to comply with international sustainability standards. Strengthening institutional capacity is key to making projects in OECD/DAC countries sustainable and fundable, and to supporting local achievement of Agenda 2030 and implementation of the Paris Agreement.

You can join our online community on LinkedIn for more information about our projects and upcoming tenders. You can also learn more about SIA on our webpage/ Programmes/ Sustainability Impact Accelerator.



lack of enabling environment for social dialogue at the workplace level, despite the provision of legislative acts that protect and promote workplace cooperation is a reoccuring issue  in Kenya. To implement good policy there must be a fertil ground.

Therefore SWP developed the UP!  project. Together with Swedish companies as an entry point, and with unions i South africa and Kenya. 

In Kenya SWP created the SWP UP! Programme targeting skills development of the union Shop Stewards from 18 companies in the Automotive sector in Kenya during 2021. As a result, the Stewards were able to use their skills to build trust and cooperation with management in new ways to avoid conflicts. 

A second cohort of training, in close cooperation with union AUKMW, takes place in 2022.

The training allows shop stewards to step out of their daily routines and understand their role and the purpose of their union, understand the labour market context, the laws that regulate relationships and the business itself. But on a human level, many shop stewards also highlighted that they feel respected as human beings, and that they have developed the skills to engage with supervisors and management and experience respect in professional relations. The experiences had deeply impressed them and helped to project the vision of dialogue and mutual respect and their own potential as a means to change workplaces.

The intervention of the SWP programme had a direct effect at the workplaces, where shop stewards listed several cases where they had managed to intervene and secure results in dialogue with management, avert crises or find solutions based on opportunities and the communication skills obtained during the SWP training. For the Amalgamated Metal Workers Unions in Kenya, the shop stewards pointed to how the training had enabled them to design their own strategies at the workplace in relation to supervisors and staff, and to achieve many concrete results.

Based on this shop steward upskilling, I feel confident that as a union we now have change ambassadors that will grow the industry, protect, and promote decent work principles for both the employer and the employees represented. And that disputes will be dealt with at the workplace level by though consultative dialogue.

Rose Omamo

General Secretary
Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metal Workers