Orange Knowledge Programme - Overview

The objective of the Orange Knowledge Programme is to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development.
Orange Knowledge Programme

We aim to do this by strengthening the skills and knowledge of both individuals, groups of individuals and organisations.

The programme was kicked off mid-2017 for a period of 5 years and involves 53 countries.

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1-minute introduction

Priority themes and instruments

The programme offers scholarships, training and institutional partnerships between education institutions in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and higher education, in fields related to the priority themes of the Dutch government:

  • Food and nutrition security
  • Water, energy and climate
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Security and the rule of law


The Orange Knowledge Programme consists of 4 instruments:

Participating countries

Below is an overview of the countries participating in the Orange Knowledge Programme

Please note: always check the specific call on available instruments and eligible countries.

Full programme countries

Instruments: partnership projects, tailor-made training+, individual scholarships (PhD and master's), alumni activities.

Bangladesh‌ • Benin • Burundi‌ • Colombia‌ • Egypt • Ethiopia • Ghana • Indonesia‌ • Kenya‌ • Mali • Mozambique • Myanmar • Palestinian Territories • Rwanda‌ • South Africa‌ • Tanzania • Uganda‌ • Vietnam‌

Compact Plus programme countries

Instruments: tailor-made training+, individual scholarships, alumni activities

Afghanistan • Burkina Faso • Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) • Guatemala • Guinea • Jordan • Lebanon • Liberia • Nigeria • Senegal • Sierra Leone • Somalia • South Sudan • Sudan • Yemen • Zambia

Compact programme countries

Instruments: tailor-made training, individual scholarships, alumni activities

Albania • Armenia • Bhutan • Bolivia • Cambodia • Cuba • Georgia • India • Macedonia • Nepal • Nicaragua • Niger • Pakistan • Peru • Philippines • Sri Lanka • Suriname • Thailand • Zimbabwe

Country focus

For each country there are specific priority themes and strategic partners that the Orange Knowledge Programme focuses on. You can find these in the overview below:

Orange Knowledge Programme country focus‌ (82.1 kB)

Country Plans of Implementation (CPIs)

For the Full programme countries, we will publish 'country plans of implementation'. These define the capacity needs for the specific country. They also describe the activities that will take place to contribute to building knowledge and skills within the chosen themes for the country or region in question.

View the list of available country plans of implementation

Policy framework and theory of change

The official policy framework was published in the Staatscourant in March 2018 (in Dutch), with some amendments in August 2018 (also in Dutch). We have provided a translation below:

Translation legal policy framework Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (195.7 kB)

Translation 'Staatscourant' extra funding amendment August 2018‌ (109.1 kB)

For the Orange Knowledge Programme we developed a Theory of Change, outlining the desired outcomes and required interventions:

Summary of the Theory of Change‌ (338.8 kB)

The Theory of Change is integrated in the Orange Knowledge Monitoring & Evaluation Framework, which includes evaluation indicators at all levels:

Monitoring & Evaluation Framework Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (267.4 kB)

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Alumni use Dutch knowledge in home countries

10 October 2018
Alumni from Nuffic programmes like the Orange Knowledge Programme translate what they have learnt in the Netherlands.

First Orange Knowledge tailor-made training grants

16 August 2018
The results of the first call for tailor-made trainings (TMTs) in the Orange Knowledge Programme have been published. 32 proposals were granted in this call, which closed in June 2018.