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Regional Workshop on National Planning, Selection and Design of TC Projects






Model Project Criteria
Model Projects
What is a Model Project?
What is the purpose of having “Model Projects?”
How can we recognize a “model” project?
What is a Model Project?
Two important forms of definition:

1. Concept is defined by: “Criteria for Model Projects”
2. Definition by example is provided by over 120 Model Projects approved and being implemented

The Model Project Criteria
respond to a real need;
reflect an indispensable role for the nuclear technology involved;
produce significant economic or social impact; and
have demonstrated potential for sustainability through strong Government commitment.
The Model Project approach is now implemented in all TC Activities, while sustainability through Government commitment has become the guiding “Central Criterion”
The Central Criterion
A project meets the central criterion if it addresses an area of defined need in which there is a national programme enjoying strong government commitment and support.

Such project take two forms:

a)those that produce a tangible socio-economic benefit in an area in which nuclear technology holds a comparative advantage;
b)infrastructure or energy planning).
Respond to a Real Need
A real need within the Development Priorities of the Country “foreign income, reduce import, etc.”
A real need for clean environment
A real need to establish a new widely needed service
A real need to alleviate poverty and/or human resources development
A real need to enhance safety structure, public/professional awareness in the country
“real need or opportunity”
“real” is meant to indicate an “important” or “significant” need or opportunity
Recognize that there are various degrees of needs and opportunities
The question of which are the most important or significant is a matter of priority to be determined by the Member State
Nuclear Technology Should
Play Significant role as best alternative
Be complimentary but important role together with other technologies
Be cost effective technology
Be a viable technology
Be not imposed
“Utilizes distinct advantages of nuclear technology”
Does the technology transferred through the IAEA provide a distinct advantage over other technologies in addressing the need or opportunity?

If other technologies are available and more effective or cost effective - they should be used instead

Socio Economic Impact
Visible with clear performance indicators
Already recognised by the End Users
Sustainable impact
Recognisable by the Government
Recognisable by Authorities/Politician
Recognisable by the Government and NGOs
Recognisable by other UN Agencies
“the potential to produce significant social or economic impact”
To “produce significant social or economic impact” means to produce results which are used and which benefit people in ways which can be demonstrated and counted

“the potential to ….. impact” means projects for which specific applications are planned and for which impact is expected

Strong Government Commitment
Strong Government commitment to a project is usually expressed in terms of
- Money,
- Staff positions,
- Physical space or facilities
Key is that support is provided for project activities - not just salaries, space and budget already in place
Government/Country and Counterpart institution should ensure that the project will continue to receive the necessary support and provide its impact and even higher after the project is formally closed as an IAEA supported TC projects.
The technology involve should be a viable technology in comparison with other competitive technologies thus it is “sustainable/surviving”technology.
The counterpart institution should have a clear medium/long term strategy and the Model Project should be within their future milestone activities to achieve their strategy goals.
Emphasis on income generating/self sustainable technologies
The Key Point of Sustainability
The Agency transfers the technology to the Member States through TC projects; after the project ends, the Member States assume sole responsibility for the sole use and extension of the technology toward achievement of their development goals.
Government/Country Commitment Should be:
Strong in supporting the project with all the necessary staff and basis infrastructure
Prepared to invest as partner in the development process of the project towards achieving its objectives
Facilitate in the formalities/internal regulation to enhance the operational steps to implement the project successfully. Continue beyond the closing date of the project to ensure sustainability
Given priority for donors/bilateral support
Who/How to Identify Model Project
C.O/T.O during upstream work/programming period
C.O/T.O inputs of the ongoing projects
Following-up to a successful project, country, Government, Institution or counterpart
TC Management
On National level
What is the Purpose of Having Model Projects?
1. To provide examples of the type of project the IAEA encourages
For this purpose there are Model Projects in virtually all technical areas

2. To provide practical examples for Member States and IAEA staff
More than 120 Model Projects exist in previous cycle. The effort give all Member States and all relevant staff opportunities to develop or participate in a project of the type being encouraged

The Model Project Concept the Means of Achieving the TC Goal
Model Project Concept was the most important of the three mechanisms IAEA uses to implement the strategic goal for technical cooperation.

It provides the framework for moving from institution based projects to beneficiary based projects that serve targeted end-users.

The end-user - in IAEA terminology - is the last link in the chain that connects technology with the problem holder. Reaching the end-user is the underlying objective for all Model Projects and the key concept underlying the TC Strategy.
Check List
When preparing a project think about

Is the counterpart infrastructure adequate?
Is there a core group to implement the programme?
Is the local financial support (institute or Government) secure?
Prepared to pay the 8% assessed programme cost?
Is it a continuing activity?
Would the country or Institute be able to maintain the operation of the project upon its completion?
Integration of the First Three Elements of the Strategy
Model Projects illustrate the type of projects the IAEA would prefer to support
Country Programme Frameworks allow Member State to identify their priorities and opportunities for Model Projects
Thematic Plans show the technologies which are most effective and how they can be applied

Central Criterion demonstrates the project is
part of national government plan