Country programmes are a key component of TBI’s approach. They form the foundation for integrated programmes of collaborative research, capacity building and dialogue projects. In each country programme, TBI creates networks between researchers, policy makers and practitioners, and between national and international partners. This supported by an agreement with a government ministry responsible for forests or the environment, and guided by a Bi-National Committee consisting of key forest sector stakeholders. A long term presence in a country allows TBI to develop a position as a trusted, reliable and independent actor, well connected in the national forest arena.
Each programme aims to be relevant both for the national forest agenda and internationally. We utilize the full potential of the network to facilitate interaction between topics of the international and national forest agendas. On the one hand this enriches international dialogue with on-the-ground experiences; on the other it stimulates critical local discussion of international forest issues.
The network of country programmes and TBI's thematic priorities of both national and international relevance enable comparative analysis of forest sector issues across a range of situations. Further,the network of country programmes provides opportunities for cross-country dissemination and learning.
Tropenbos International currently operates country programmes in Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Suriname and Viet Nam. Additionally, TBI participates in projects in Guyana and Bolivia.
Former TBI country programmes are in Côte d'Ivoire and Guyana. For more information on these programmes please visit the publications section on this website.