The Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE) is a Netherlands-funded development cooperation programme.

By sustainably strengthening higher education and technical and vocation education and training (TVET) capacity in partner countries, it contributes to economic development and poverty reduction. 

Policy priorities

NICHE focuses on the countries and policy priorities identified in the Dutch bilateral cooperation programme. In line with the current development policy of the Netherlands, the programme focuses on four policy priorities:

  1. Water
  2. Food security
  3. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
  4. Security and the rule of Law

NICHE pays special attention to equal opportunities for women and men, and the link between capacity developments and the needs of the labour market.

See an overview of countries where NICHE is active

Dutch expertise

In the selected NICHE countries and policy priorities support is available for a range of organisations including post-secondary education institutions, ministries, national commissions and NGOs. These organisations are supported by broad consortia with Dutch, local and regional expertise. These consortia are led by a Dutch lead and may integrate not only knowledge organisations, but also private companies.

More information

Download the NICHE flyer in English or French:

NICHE flyer(1.1 MB) (English version)
Fiche de presentation du programme NICHE(1.1 MB) (French version)
NICHE results 2010-2015(915 kB)
Annual report 2015 NFP and NICHE programme(5.7 MB)
NICHE Strategy on technical and vocational education and training TVET(159 kB)

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