Suriname is one of the 20 partner countries of VLIR-UOS. From 2003 to 2016 VLIR-UOS budgeted € 7.849.198 for cooperation programmes with Suriname, including one institutional university cooperation programme with Anton De Kom University.


Suriname is no longer one of the 31 scholarship countries of VLIR-UOS. Travel grants to Suriname however are still possible.

Facts and figures


Total budget Suriname 2003-2016 (in €)



Individual scholars





A country strategy for Suriname

The Country Strategy for Suriname identifies the following main themes for all future interventions in the cooperation with Suriname:


  • Sustainable management of natural resources
  • Public health
  • Social development
  • Education


The country strategy identifies the following main transversal and cross-cutting themes:


  • Support of the partner institutions in terms of policy (good governance), management (HRM & (institutional) capacity building) and internationalization.
  • Support of threefold task of the institution: education, research and service to society


More information in the VLIR-UOS Country Strategy for Suriname.

The country strategy process

After engaging in 5 country strategy identifications in 2011-2012 (Cuba, Ecuador, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam) and realising a similar process in DR Congo, Ethiopia and South Africa, Suriname was up for a country strategy development. The aim was to look at the strategic domains covered by the current projects of VLIR-UOS in Suriname and look at synergies and opportunities towards the future, interactions with other donors and emphasize the importance of embedding all of this in a more regional perspective within the Caribbean region and within South America.


Between April 2013 and June 2014 several steps were taken to come up with a country strategy for Suriname. Starting from a desk study with a contextual analysis, stakeholders were consulted in Belgium and Suriname


A South Seminar was organised in Paramaribo on 28 May 2013. A number of priorities (needs & demand side) and opportunities (thematic, regional, institutional) were identified to improve on the current focus of the IUC and VLIR-UOS activities in Suriname


A North Seminar was organised in Brussels on 25 February 2014 to listen to the experiences and interest in future cooperation with Suriname of the Flemish partners.


A new Strategy Status Summary Report was elaborated based on the input of the North and South Seminars and discussed by the Bureau UOS on 4 April 2014. This document was used as a base for the elaboration of the strategy document, which was discussed and approved by the Bureau UOS on 16 May 2014 before being sent to the Flemish university associations and local partners for final remarks. The VLIR-UOS country strategy document for Suriname was finalised mid June 2014.

Background documents

  • Joint Context Analysis of Suriname. This document aims at an analysis of the context in Suriname and of the opportunities to collaborate for the non-governmental actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation from 2017 until 2026. It should primarily be seen as an opportunity to identify possible ways of cooperation, complementarity and syngergy.


Wannes Verbeeck

Programme Officer South

[t] + 32 2 550 19 68



Ongoing projects

Overview of ongoing projects



    Zebra fish help research into cancer and epilepsy

    Zebra fish help research into cancer and epilepsy

    Zebra fish are used for medical research in Suriname and Ecuador. The method is cheap and easy to apply.

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    Mid-term evaluation of the IUC partner programme with Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS) (May 2012)

    Mid-term evaluation of the IUC partner programme with Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS) (May 2012)

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