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

Instruments

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 (214.1 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, the Netherlands government's law gazette, in March 2018 (in Dutch). In August 2018, an amendment about extra funding was published.

We have provided translations below:

English translation legal policy framework Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (195.7 kB)

English translation 'Staatscourant' extra funding amendment August 2018‌ (109.1 kB)

Quarterly information

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.

These are the specifications for Q1 2019:

Publication Staatscourant 29 November 2018 (in Dutch)

English translation of publication Staatscourant 29 November 2018‌ (159.4 kB)

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:

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 (297.7 kB)

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