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Orange Knowledge Programme: a first view on our 2019 results

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We look back on a busy and successful year, which was jam-packed with awards and grants for all the programme's instruments.

Here are the first figures of all the calls that were published:

- 51 calls for institutional collaboration projects;

- 22 calls for tailor-made training plus (TMT+);

- 2 regular application rounds for tailor-made training (TMT);

- 3 application rounds for individual scholarships;

- 1 application round for refresher courses;

- 1 application round for alumni activities (open throughout the year).

About the Orange Knowledge Programme

The objective of the Orange Knowledge Programme is to contribute to a society’s sustainable and inclusive development. We aim to do this by strengthening the skills and knowledge of both individuals, groups of individuals and organisations.

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:

  • institutional collaboration projects;
  • group training (Tailor-Made Training - TMT, TMT Plus, refresher courses);
  • individual scholarships for mid-career professionals;
  • alumni activities.

Looking at the already awarded projects*, it seems that the largest theme in the programme: Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), grew to 69.1% . We see some changes in the other themes too. 11.8% of projects were related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), 10.3% to Water, and 8.8% to Security and Rule of Law (SROL). This is an overall shift in division of grants over priority themes compared to 2018. At the same time, Technical and Vocational and Training (TVET) is on the rise in the programme. We can see a trend of this more practical form of education becoming a more present in projects. 

Curious where the 1690 professionals who received a scholarship are currently working? For both Short courses and Masters, most granted scholarships were awarded to government related staff. For Short courses, this was followed by education institutions and national NGO’s. The allocation of organisation type was different for allocated master scholarships, here staff working in small business received more scholarships, followed by NGO’s on the third place.

Alumni activities 

A total of 7 alumni activity subsidies were granted to alumni associations from the Philippines, Tanzania, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Uganda and Kenya. 2019 was also the first year for our Orange Knowledge exchange series, a series of regional alumni events, to take off.  The first two regional events organised by Nuffic also took place in Pretoria, South Africa, and Bangkok, Thailand.

Looking ahead at 2020           

New calls have been published already in 2020 on the Nuffic website as well as the Holland Alumni network website. Join communities relevant to your area of expertise, focus country or country of residence to be informed about new calls. 

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