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 54 countries.
Looking for a scholarship?
If you want to apply for an individual scholarship you can find all candidate information on our Study in Holland website.
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:
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.
Instruments: institutional collaboration projects, group training (TMT, TMT Plus, refresher courses), individual scholarships, alumni activities.
Bangladesh • Benin • Burundi • Colombia • Egypt • Ethiopia • Ghana • Indonesia • Iraq • Jordan • Kenya • Mali • Mozambique • Myanmar • Palestinian Territories • Rwanda • South Africa • Tanzania • Tunisia • Uganda • Vietnam
As of April 2020, Indonesia will be a special full-programme country with only institutional collaboration projects and group training. The current scholarships application Round 1 is the last application round in which Indonesia participates. Iraq is also a special full-programme country with only institutional collaboration projects and group training (TMT Plus).
Compact Plus-programme countries
Instruments: group training (TMT, TMT Plus, refresher courses), individual scholarships, alumni activities
Afghanistan • Burkina Faso • Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) • Guatemala • Guinea • Lebanon • Liberia • Nigeria • Senegal • Sierra Leone • Somalia • South Sudan • Sudan • Yemen • Zambia
Instruments: group training (TMT and refresher courses), individual scholarships, alumni activities
Albania • Armenia • Bhutan • Bolivia • Cambodia • Cuba • Georgia • Nepal • Nicaragua • Niger • North Macedonia • Pakistan • Peru • Philippines • Sri Lanka • Suriname • Thailand • Zimbabwe
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:
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.
Policy framework and theory of change
We have provided translations below:
On a quarterly basis official programme specifications are published in the government gazette. These include budget allocations per instrument and modifications regarding participating countries and\or priority themes.
These specifications are published ahead of the specific quarter. Only after publication of these quarterly specifications, we will announce information on future calls, budgets and deadlines for that specific quarter.
Specifications Q2 2020
Publication Staatscourant 20 March 2020 (in Dutch)
Specifications Q1 2020
Publication Staatscourant 20 December 2019 (in Dutch)
Specifications Q4 2019
Publication Staatscourant 30 September 2019 (in Dutch)
Specifications Q3 2019
Publication Staatscourant 26 June 2019 (in Dutch)
Specifications Q2 2019
Specifications Q1 2019
Publication Staatscourant 29 November 2018 (in Dutch)
All participants are informed through our digital Orange Knowledge Programme Updates. If you are a participant but you have not been receiving updates, please send us an email with your contact information, referencing 'Programme update'.
Theory of change
For the Orange Knowledge Programme we developed a Theory of Change, outlining the desired outcomes and required interventions:
The Theory of Change is integrated in the Orange Knowledge Monitoring & Evaluation Framework, which includes evaluation indicators at all levels:
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