The Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE) is a Netherlands-funded development cooperation programme aimed at sustainable strengthening of higher education and technical and vocation education and training (TVET) capacity in partner countries, thus contributing to economic development and poverty reduction. The programme focuses on the countries and policy priorities identified in the Dutch bilateral cooperation programme.
In line with the current development policy of the Netherlands NICHE focuses on four policy priorities:
- Food security
- Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
- Security and the rule of Law
Gender and the labour market
NICHE pays special attention to gender issues and to the link between capacity development and the needs of the labour market. In the selected NICHE countries support is available for a range of organisations including post-secondary education institutions, ministries, national commissions and NGOs.
Requesting organisations are supported by Dutch, local and regional expertise. All projects are in line with the development policy of the recipient countries and match local priorities
The following Dutch partner countries currently participate in the NICHE programme:
In the following former partner countries ongoing NICHE projects will be completed, but no new projects will be launched:
Nuffic may explore the possibilities of initiating NICHE projects in the following countries:
The NICHE programme will be extended for a four-year period running from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017. Nuffic will continue the management of this new phase, although some adaptations will be introduced gradually in the second half of 2013.