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L’Orange Knowledge Programme

Knowledge Programme’ (OKP) est un programme de bourse d’étude pour étudier au KIT Royal Tropical Institute. Il est financé par le ministère des Affaires étrangères des Pays-Bas dans le cadre de la politique de développement et géré par Nuffic. Les objectifs du programme OKP sont de renforcer les capacités, les connaissances et la qualité des établissements d’enseignement supérieur et professionnel et des individus dans des pays à faible et moyen revenu.

Veuillez trouver ci-dessous des informations détaillées sur le programme Orange Knowledge, les pays éligibles, les délais, l’éligibilité, etc. Plus d’informations visitez le website de Nuffic
Quand la période de candidature ouvrira, l’administration du KIT est chargée d’informer tous les candidats enregistrés provenant de pays OKP. Si vous envisagez de postuler pour une bourse OKP, nous vous conseillons de vous assurer entre temps que votre candidature académique soit complète, afin de pouvoir postuler dès l’ouverture de la période de candidature.

Questions fréquemment posées

  • From Beriberi To Obesity – 100 years of the Eijkman Medal Foundation


    The Eijkman Medal Foundation was established on the 1st of October 1923 and has awarded 55 medals since then. In 1929, Professor Eijkman received the Nobel Prize for his pioneering work on Beriberi, a disease caused by thiamine deficiency, and demonstrated the importance of vitamins for health. Today, we want to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the foundation and the role of the Netherlands in global health research with a short symposium addressing how the world has changed since Eijkman. It has shifted from malnutrition and a focus on infectious diseases in LMIC to the need to consider a broader spectrum of diseases and the emerging challenge of overnutrition.


    • Prof. Teun Bousema, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre

    • Dr. Bryan Gonzales, Ghent University

    • Dr. Marinka van der Hoeven, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Porous borders, mobile migrants and malaria elimination: Estimating population size and movements of artisanal small-scale gold mining workers in Suriname and French Guiana


    Porous borders and mobile migrant populations present challenges to malaria elimination worldwide. This study estimates the size and migration patterns of mobile migrants engaged in Artisanal Small-scale Gold Mining on the Suriname-French Guiana border.

    Using a mixed methods approach, including primary data (site visits, head counts, network analysis), and secondary data from 2020-2023, the study shows consistent estimates. Approximately 20,000 individuals are active in gold mining in Suriname, with an additional 11,000 in French Guiana, totaling around 31,000. Population turnover is approximately 10.5%, with 95% being newcomers.

    These findings aid malaria elimination efforts and are of importance to any efforts to estimate hard-to-reach (mobile migrant) populations.

    For further reading see our study on Mobile Migrant Population in Suriname.


    • Dr. Pierre Pratley, Senior Advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute
  • Simulation of Social Justice: How Could Games Demonstrate Health Equity


    Simulation games, provide a unique opportunity for participants to experience and reflect on the learning messages. With good facilitation, participants can be dynamically engaged in discussions that build on their experiences, instead of being passive recipients of the information. They’re fun and captivating, leaving a lasting impression on students long after graduation.

    During the ECTMIH conference this year, we are glad to share examples of KIT’s games on health equity that we would love to share and demonstrate in an interactive session with the conference participants, such as the “Health Equity Walk”, and the “Health Resources Allocation Game”, that we would love to share and demonstrate in an interactive session with conference participants. These games are suitable for classrooms, workshops, meetings, or even fun game nights.

    During the session, we will also reveal for the first time our new game,“SDHopoly: The Game of Health Equity”, a collaborative board game that we designed and piloted over the past two years. The game explores the social determinants of health through various situations and actions. Players work together to employ their unique abilities and develop solutions to minimize the health equity gaps.


    • Mahdi Abdelwahab, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

    • Dinu Abdella, KIT Royal Tropical Institute
  • From principles to practice: a mixed-methods study on research integrity and research fairness in global health research


    Over the past decade, the ideals of research integrity and research fairness have gained considerable momentum in the global health research arena. Research integrity emerged in the late 2000’s as a response to the reproducibility crisis in science. Research fairness initiatives aim to ensure increased ownership of research agendas and research outputs where the research involves partners with unequal powers, decision making and resource capacities, thereby maximising on the local health research priorities. While both areas have been the subject of intense academic debate, there is little empirical data on practices related to integrity and fairness specific to global health.

    This study, employing mixed-methods, sought to assess the prevalence and determinants of practices associated with research integrity and research fairness in both the Global North and the Global South. Overall, the results indicate that there is large variation in the frequency of practices related to research integrity and research fairness, but with little geographic variation. Our study also identified several structural, institutional and individual factors associated with these patterns, such as an inflexible donor landscape, research institutions’ investments in relationship building, guidelines and mentoring, as well power differentials and competition between researchers.


    • Sandra Alba, KIT Royal Tropical Institute
  • Redesigning Maternal and Newborn Health Service Delivery for You, With You

    Qualitative methods in human-centered design for maternal and newborn health services in Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, and Cote d’Ivoire 


    Despite the efforts made in the past decades to improve the health of women and children; antenatal, perinatal, postpartum and newborn health services are not delivered with the quality and impact needed for societal transformation. In 2018, the Lancet Global Health Commission recommended Service Delivery Redesign (SDR) as one of the pillars to improve health system quality for Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) services. To that effect, a multi-country SDR feasibility study to identify potential model(s) of care that maximize the systems’ ability to deliver quality services was designed using a Human-Centered Design (HCD) approach.
    This SDR feasibility study incorporates a qualitative methodology using HCD to carry out a community assessment. This offers insights  from users and non-users who are elicited to share their stories and perspectives using open-ended questions and stimuli exercises. Conversation sparks with user groups are also carried out to validate ideas gained for the potential redesign models of care. User personas, users journey maps, and service blueprints will visualize a clearer understanding of the experience of users vis-à-vis the MNH services, where there are mismatches between services and needs, and where improvements in system organization are necessary.
    Overall, HCD is an innovative approach to analyze existing gaps between the current state and the potential model(s) of the SDR for MNH services. The new potential models can lead to better outcomes for patients, improved satisfaction for patients and providers, and more efficient and effective Maternal and Neonatal services.


    • Chantale Lakis, KIT Royal Tropical Institute
  • Piloting a digital mental health solution in the Occupied Palestinian Territories


    The Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are a complex and volatile region with a history of conflict and instability. The population is at a higher risk of developing mental health disorders due to continuous exposure to violence, displacement, and other limitations on opportunities. The Inuka method digitally connects clients to a certified lay coach for text-based sessions to identify their challenges and find solutions.

    This is the first time that this type of therapy is being evaluated in this setting. The study aims to evaluate the Inuka intervention on self-reported mental health conditions at baseline, after completion of the sessions, and at 3 months follow-up, and to understand the acceptability of the intervention by users. Recruitment of the 100 participants for the pilot has started as of August 2023.

    The platform was promoted through influencer posts on social media, brochures, and word of mouth as among the promotional methods. The platform was promoted through influencer posts on social media, as well as through brochures and word of mouth, as part of our promotional methods.

    The pilot study intends to showcase how a digital tool can improve mental health in highly volatile contexts such as the OPT. Users’ experiences will provide information for future amendments to the app and allow for contextualization. If this pilot proves the intervention to be effective, a randomized controlled trial will be implemented.


    Chantale Lakis, Advisor and Epidemiologist at KIT
  • How to scale up novel health interventions? An emerging field


    The purpose of this symposium is to inform participants about the emerging field of scaling up health innovations through the presentation of case studies and sharing of experiences, addressing the multiple dimensions of the scale-up process. Case studies will address the process of scaling up of a psychological intervention for refugees, of tuberculosis care interventions and of district health management strengthening interventions. Participants will be engaged through a discussion/debate about the barriers and enablers of scaling-up health interventions in complex systems and contexts. Provocative statements will be discussed in small groups. Finally, the speakers will summarise the session and key lessons learned from the debate (e.g. complexity of scaling up, how to plan for scale up, systems perspective).


    • Aniek Woodward, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Research Associate

    • Esmée Hessel, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

    • Mirjam Bakker, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Health Advisor

    • Egbert Sondorp, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

    • Beatrice Kirubi

    • Dr. Stephen John, Founder, Janna Health Foundation, Nigeria
  • Ensuring Mother and Child Health Care in a Protracted Crisis: The Experience of Afghanistan


    The sudden regime change in Afghanistan in August 2021, with the Taliban now leading the de-facto government, has been a major shock to the health system. Major threats to the system include the withdrawal of international funding, a massive drain of clinical and public health professionals, and concerns over the negative influence of a new government that lacks the competence to run the health systems. A further threat is the regime’s perspective on human rights that negatively affects the access to health care by women and minorities.
    The SEHAT and Sehatmandi public health programmes were implemented consecutively in Afghanistan until 2021 to ensure universal access to health services and health equity, with a strong focus on maternal and child health care. With the Taliban take-over international donors withdrew development funding for these programmes and they are now being sustained in a reduced form, primarily through humanitarian funding streams.
    In this session we discuss the resilience of the health system in providing universal access maternal and child health service considering three phases:
    1) Absorbing the shock of the 2021 Taliban take-over
    2) Adaptation of the health system in response to change, and
    3) The possibilities that lie ahead to transform the health system given in the new political reality, to continue ensuring equitable access to health services, despite increasingly challenging living and working conditions for women.


    • Margo van Gurp, MSc, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

    • Abdul Majeed Siddiqi, HealthNet TPO

    • Nasrat Ansari, PhD, independent researcher, SRHR

    • Egbert Sondorp, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

    • Sandra Alba, KIT Royal Tropical Institute
  • Utilizing Geospatial Methods to Drive Health Service Delivery in the Era of Climate Change


    The session aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and exchange among participants, providing valuable insights into geospatial methodologies using various sources of secondary data to inform, plan, and monitor health service delivery.

    Presenters will showcase a suite of different spatial analysis and geoprocessing methodologies, which have been successfully applied in different contexts, including acute crisis response and Tuberculosis care. The focus will be on current uses of geospatial methodologies in directing health service delivery and climate resilience.

    The session will also discuss health care planning for crisis preparedness and response, where existing health disparities are likely to be magnified and where resources need to be precisely targeted. Additionally, the session will present the conceptualization of these approaches for surveillance and projection of climate change related health impacts. The presenters will provide insights into the methodologies, while highlighting the challenges to improving, such as data caveats and knowledge exchange between different scientific disciplines.

    The discussion will then focus on the use of these approaches in health service delivery considering the impacts of the climate crises, including vector-borne diseases, migration of vulnerable populations, and natural hazard-induced disasters. Participants will be invited to share their experiences in the field and encouraged to share challenges and potential solutions.


    • Mirjam Bakker, Senior Epidemiologist, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

    • Nicolas Ray, Institute of Global Health & Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva

    • Ente Rood, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

    • Fleur Hierink, Institute of Global Health & Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva

    • Marc van den Homberg, The Netherlands Red Cross
  • How SRHR integration in medical curricula (should) support equitable and rights-based health around the globe


    Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are globally under threat. Even in settings where SRHR policy and regulations are liberalized, people face barriers to access quality, non-biased and rights-based care. Given concerns in many countries of declining numbers of health care professionals able and willing to provide SRHR care, including around sensitive issues such as abortion care, SRHR for young people and for LGBTQI+ amongst others, the need to ensure early-career training is urgent and essential.

    Also in less sensitive reproductive health issues the voice and rights of individuals are often challenged by cultural or political arguments of others. Failure to ensure that the next generation of professionals have appropriate levels of SRHR skills and knowledge of the SRHR discourse, will be a failure to commit to meeting the basic health care needs and rights of people.

    This session aims to facilitate global and local learning on the developments and needs for SRHR in medical curricula. It provides a general overview on the global status of SRHR in medical curricula, lessons learned from previous initiatives to improve SRHR in medical curricula and a call to action for the inclusion of it.


    • Irene de Vries, MD, MA, RMNCAH advisor, KIT Royal Tropical InstituteAnke van der Kwaak, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, SRHR advisorPrisca Zwanikken, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, SRHR and education advisorFerry (ENTOG) Boekhorst

    • Goknur Topcu

    • Dr. Ba Sidi Yaya, President of the Association of Private Health Schools of Mali

    • Anne Vervoort, SeksHag, general practicioner
  • Fighting falsified and substandard medicines: acting on evidence in Indonesia and Afghanistan


    In this session, we focus on the fight against falsified and substandard medicines in Indonesia and Afghanistan, presenting original studies on the size and nature of the problem and proposing solutions. How big is the problem? What are the root causes and what can be done to protect patients from poor-quality medicines? We will explore different methods for assessing the quality of medicines in both the public and private sector and present empirical examples of both random and risk-based sampling, patient perceptions, and an ongoing review of which medicines in the market are most at risk.

    Our interactive session will center on what can be done to reduce the chance that falsified and substandard medicine penetrate the market and reach patients. We will focus on how research can be used to ensure the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products and the need for intergovernmental collaboration, between departments and sectors, regulatory bodies, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders who play a role in ensuring the quality of medicines. Ultimately, our goal is to contribute to the global effort to address the drug quality crisis and improve access to safe and effective medicines for all.


    • Elisabeth Kleipool, Advisor Health Systems Strengthening, PhD, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

    • Nima Yaghmaei, Epidemiologist, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

    • Sandra Alba, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist, KIT Royal Tropical Institute

    • Amalia Hasnida, Erasmus School for Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam

    • Dr. Maarten Kok, Erasmus School for Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Subnational burden estimation: methods and applications for locally tailored public health programme planning


    A key requirement for public health preparedness and planning is the availability of reliable estimates of health needs. Globally, emerging public health threats (i.e. COVID-19, influenza, disaster relief) rely on subnational estimates of disease burden to optimally allocate limited health resources and to monitor the effectiveness of interventions.

    In this session, infectious disease experts and disease modelers will present novel methods and approaches to monitor and estimate disease burden at subnational level and will demonstrate how these estimates are used to inform public health decisions.


    – Ente Rood, Senior epidemiologist, KIT Royal Tropical Institute 
    – Christina Mergenthaler, Epidemiologist, KIT Royal Tropical Institute
    – Jake Mathewson, Epidemiologist, KIT Royal Tropical Institute
    – Muhammed Semakula, Epidemiologist & Statistician; Rwanda Ministry of Health/ KIT Royal Tropical Institute 
    – Abdullah Latif, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Manager; Mercy Corps Pakistan 
    – Nathaniel Henry, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
  • Track 5: Selected Challenges and Solutions in Public Health

    1-5 years
    EUR 13.200,-
    EUR 13.850,-
    OKP funding is not possible for this track

    Public health is a broad field of work and specific challenges require a diversity of competencies to contribute to solutions and improved health outcomes. This track is flexible, and can be completed within one year (full-time) or up to five years (part-time). This course is for you if you are eager to plan, take initiative, and even travel during your master’s programme. Because of its flexible scheduling, this track is also very suitable for people who want to combine study with work and other responsibilities.

    Specialisation courses:
    After your Core Course, you can design your learning trajectory to suit your interests and professional ambitions. Not only can you choose from courses offered by KIT for the other three specialisations, but also from hundreds of accredited advanced modules from tropEd. tropEd is a network of educational institutions based all over the world, that offer face-to-face or distance-based courses from a range of natural and social science disciplines, such as health economics, health promotion, leadership skills, and more. Where relevant, you can also take NVAO-accredited master-level courses at the VU and other universities in the Netherlands and Belgium.

  • Track 4: Tailor-made track

    09/09/2024 – 29/08/2025
    1 year
     EUR 20.600,-
    no OKP scholarships available

    The tailor-made track is a full-time track that allows you to develop a balanced and personalised programme, based at KIT in Amsterdam. This track is specifically relevant for participants who wish to study at KIT without a pre-defined specialisation and want to tailor the MPH-HE programme to their professional needs.

    Specialisation courses:
    After the Core Course, you will make a personalised plan to meet the objectives of the master’s programme, looking at your specific expertise and education needs. You can opt for modules from any of the full-time specialisations and/or include other short courses at KIT, such as Digital Health, Geographical Information Systems for Global Health, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Analysing Disrupted Health Systems in Countries in Crisis.

  • Track 3: Epidemiology

    09/09/2024 – 29/08/2025
    1 year
     EUR 20.600,-
    No OKP scholarships available

    The epidemiology track offers a comprehensive curriculum, designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively analyse, evaluate, and address public health challenges from an epidemiological perspective. The track focuses on utilising geographic information systems to understand the spatial distribution of diseases, identify high-risk areas, and inform targeted interventions. It also provides you with the tools to design and analyse epidemiological studies, generate evidence for public health responses, and assess the effectiveness of interventions. Finally, it explores methodologies to assess the impact of health interventions, policies, and programmes to promote health equity and strengthen health systems. Through this track, you will develop a solid foundation in epidemiology and gain practical skills to contribute to evidence-based public health strategies and policies, aimed at achieving health equity on a global scale.

    Advanced specialisation courses:

  • Track 2: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    09/09/2024 – 29/08/2025
    1 year
     EUR 20.600,-
    No OKP scholarships available

    Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are essential to fulfilling people’s rights to health and well-being, as well as to advance the related social development goals. Indeed, more and more national, and international policies, research, and programming are dedicated to the field of SRHR. Yet, challenges to SRHR persist, and in some cases are even exacerbated, due to resource constraints, political issues, conflict, as well as gender and other inequalities. In this track, you will examine the complexities of addressing SRHR challenges, with a particular focus on marginalised populations.
    The SRHR track invites you to use a range of conceptual and inter-disciplinary perspectives, to critically (re-)consider how to develop and assess responses and policies that address SRHR. Cross-cutting throughout the track are discussions on the influence of gender, power, rights, equity, sexuality, disability, stigma, and ethics in advancing SRHR.

    Advanced specialisation courses:

    • SRHR, including HIV and AIDS: analysing causes, consequences, and patterns
    • SRHR: Organising Equitable Responses
    • SRHR: Policy, Governance, and Financing
  • Track 1: Health Systems and Policy

    09/09/2024 – 29/08/2025
    1 year
     EUR 20.600,-
    No OKP scholarships available

    This track will enable you to analyse complexities in health systems and address the growing interconnectedness of national and international health policies, governance, and financing, as well as challenges around human resources for health highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Globally, in recognition of post-colonial legacies, there is growing emphasis on organising people-centred and community-based responses to solving complex public health problems systematically and strategically. You will learn to better address these issues, providing evidence-based public health solutions for continuously improving the quality and responsiveness of health services, using an equal partnerships approach.

    Advanced specialisation courses:

  • OKP-LPDP: StuNed Joint Scholarship Programme

    Update 15 February 2024
    We have just been informed that two Master programmes are eligible for the OKP-LPDP StuNed Joint Scholarship Programme. Specially for Indonesia, the Orange Knowledge Programme is cooperating with Indonesian scholarship provider Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP) to provide Master’s Scholarships for Indonesian mid-career professionals.

    We are waiting for updated information for 2024 and will update this webpage as soon as we know more.

    Eligible courses:Master of Science in Public Health and Health Equity
    More information:Please note that citizens from Indonesia should apply for this scholarship and not the regular OKP scholarship. If interested in this opportunity please apply as soon as possible for academic admission to the course of your choice. (Please note that we have just received this news and Nuffic website is not yet updated. Keep an eye on this webpage and Nuffic for the most recent updates and instructions).
    Application period: For academic year 2023-2024 the application period for Indonesian citizens opens on 15 February 2023 and closes 30 March 2023. Applicants need to apply first for academic admission, and accepted applicants will receive a link to apply for the scholarship in Delta and LPDP application platform. (Most of the application process is similar to OKP scholarships). Nuffic page
  • MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

    The MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP) aims to build bridges through knowledge by offering opportunities for capacity building within organisations in the Middle East and North Africa.
    Update 15 December 2024: We are pleased to learn that MENA scholarship will continue in 2024 and possibly have 2 application rounds. We are still waiting for details on dates and eligible courses. Keep an eye on our website.

    Eligible courses round 1 February: Monitoring and Evaluation in a Dynamic Health Environment (M&F)
    Suivi et Evaluation de la sante dans un contexte dynamique (S&E) (en francais)
    Analysing Disrupted Health Systems (ADHS)
    (possibly more, keep an eye on our website)
    Countries:Algeria • Egypt • Iran • Iraq • Jordan • Lebanon • Libya • Morocco • Syria • Oman • Tunisia • Sudan • Mauritania
    (Syria: Syrians can apply for a scholarship if they are living and working in one of the other countries listed above)
    More information:Details on the MENA MSP scholarship differ per country. Please visit the Nuffic website and click on your country to find all details per country. Here you will also find instructions on extra forms you have to prepare. We advise you to start up this process already as it may take some time.

    The application process for the scholarship is the same as for the OKP scholarship. You have to apply for academic admission to KIT first, if you are admitted you will receive a link to a link to Delta, the online system, where you can apply.

    Nuffic website: MENA scholarship (MSP)

    Please note that this page is not yet up to date with the new information for 2024.
    Information en francais:Unfortunately there is no separate information on this scholarship in French.
    Application deadlines:Scholarship application period to be confirmed: Probably February
    Academic application deadline to be confirmed: Probably end January, so apply as soon as possible
  • Japan/ Worldbank scholarship for Japanese nationals

    KIT is on the list of eligible institutes of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGS programme) . This programme awards scholarships to Japanese nationals studying a study related to development. (And to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at universities renowned for their development research and teaching. It is vehicle for knowledge sharing and capacity building in the developing world). 

    Eligible courses:Masters of Science in Public Health and Health Equity. Check the website.
    Countries:Available for nationals from Japan studying outside Japan a study related to development.
    (Also available for nationals from list of Worldbank countries. See title above ‘around the world’ for more information)
    More information: Visit the Worldbank website ‘Japanese Nationals) for all application information. (Application instructions Worldbank for Japanese Nationals. Please follow these very detailed instructions to the letter!) Extra flyer with information
    Application period: For academic year 2024-2025 the application period for Japanese nationals is open from 12 February until 19 April 2024 (noon Washington time). Please note that we are under KIT/ Vrije Universiteit. Only applicants with academic admission to KIT can apply.

  • Local Knowledge Global Impact – NUFFIC

    Host Organisation:


    Knowlegde defined as skills, educations or experience is ‘Power’! This power is multidimensional and multifunctional and can be used to assimilate or to empower others, create self-esteem and confidence and trust. It can also be used to solve the simplest to the most complex issues. Knowledge is coveted and always serve a cause. The language and vocabulary used to transfer this knowledge reveal the intentions and the mindsets of it source. 

    In this session, Nuffic will provide a space for peers in two cities (Amsterdam and Beirut) to engage with one another to learn, understand and define the power of local knowledge to strengthen equal partnerships (in the field of knowledge cooperation), and to understand how local knowledge contributes to global development.

    The dialogue will take place in two steps:

    Local session
    Different dialogues will take place in Amsterdam and Beirut. Key messages from the dialogues will be illustrated in the form of cartoons or caricatures. The debate will be convened by Nuffic representatives.
    Estimated time: 55 min.

    Internationally connected online session
    The internationally connected session will bring the two countries and Prof Alan Fowler together online. Convenors of each country will share the outcome of their respective sessions supported by cartoons. Alan Fowler will be listening to the outcome of different convenors and will have an additional conversation with Roos Hogenkamp, Manager Global at Nuffic.

    During his contribution, Alan will summarise the lessons learned of the outcome of each session. He will especially look at the languages and signs that block equal partnership in the field of knowledge cooperation. He will inspire new ideas that could lead to successful innovations to forge promising and equal partnerships.

    Estimated time: 20 min


    Offline dialogues in two different cities

    This session will be held simultaneously in all three locations.

    Convenors parallel dialogues:

    Amsterdam: Joseph Seh, coordinator External Relations
    and knowledge partner, Nuffic
    Beirut: Gemma Bennink, Senior Programme Manager

    ▪ Beirut: Mathilda Al Feghali (to be confirmed)
    ▪ Amsterdam: Mark de Koning

    Internationally connected online session – Amsterdam:
    ▪ Roos Hogenkamp, Manager Global, Nuffic
    ▪ Keynote speaker: Prof Alan F Fowler, “Pracademic” Honorary Professor Chair in African Philanthropy, Wits Business School, Professor Emeritus, International Institute of Social Studies

  • Governing for justice and equity in Global Health practice, research and funding – Prince Claus Chair

    Host Organisation:

    Prince Claus Chair


    This session will discuss strategies to address and prevent wrongs related to knowledge production, use, and circulation in global health. In recent years, greater attention has been drawn to the need for new governance structures and processes to ensure equitable and just practices in academic global  health  (eg,  authorship  practices, research partnerships, education exchanges, academic writing,  editorial  practices,  sense-making  practices, and the choice of audience or research framing, questions, and methods). 

    In this session we will discuss strategies to address and prevent the wrongs related to knowledge production, use, and circulation in global health. It will be framed around two forms of epistemic wrongs, credibility deficit and interpretive marginalisation, which stem from structural exclusion of marginalised producers and recipients of knowledge. Following a presentation that describes the various forms which these injustices might take, there will be three presentations that will highlight the practical tools and approaches to addressing them.

    These tools will include those aimed at:
    1. ensuring that global health funding practices are equitable and just;
    2. ensuring that global health research is conducted with fairness and integrity; and
    3. ensuring that educational exchanges in global health are reciprocal and equitable.

    The governance tools and strategies will then be discussed in an open exchange between the panellists and the audience. These discussions will be conducted with an eye on identifying potential recommendations for knowledge actors in global health. The overall aim will be to share, reflect upon and promote strategies to surface, detect, communicate, make sense of, avoid, and potentially undo unfair knowledge practices in global health that are inflicted upon people in their capacity as knowers, and as producers and recipients of knowledge, owing to structural prejudices in the processes involved in knowledge production, use, and circulation in global health.


    • Emilie Koum Besson, LSHT (TBC)
    • Rutuja Patil, VRHP KEMHRC
    • Judith van de Kamp, UMC
    • Seye Abimbola, Prince Claus Chair Holder
  • The Ethical Pathways for Equitable Knowledge Partnerships – IIED

    Host Organisation:


    This workshop will create a space for participants to explore the barriers and pathways to establish equitable and ethical knowledge partnerships in an unequal world.

    Knowledge partnerships are contingent on the effects of inequality expressed by differentials of power and resources. Gender inequalities, social injustice, colonial legacies, racism, and other social ills permeate the space of knowledge creation. Building on IIED’s interest on rethinking research and development approaches from a decolonization perspective, IIED is undertaking research on the ethical dimensions of partnerships. The ongoing research involves a process of documenting decolonial approaches and frameworks from other organizations active in international development, identifying progressive policies and donor initiatives, and analyzing IIED’s own decision-making and expressions of power from a decolonial, racial and gender justice framing.

    The workshop will be an opportunity for cross-learning among participants and will have an interactive format with two segments.

    In the introductory segment, speakers will discuss the most prevalent institutional barriers and share principles and pathways for equitable partnerships. During this segment, IIED will share initial findings from its ongoing research.

    The second segment of the workshop will use the research cycle as an entry point for discussion to engage participants in a facilitated dialogue to identify barriers, principles, and best practices to establish ethical knowledge partnerships at different stages of the research cycle.
    The expected outcome of the workshop is to collectively identify and document practices that have enable organisations to institutionalise change, and address inequality and colonial legacies in funding, research, and development practice.


    • Tracy Kajumba – Principal Researcher and Team Leader, Strengthening Partnerships
    • Partner speakers – TBC
  • Oversight and insight – A conversation about equity and power dynamics in knowledge networks – KPSRL, Share-Net, INCLUDE


    In 2011, the Dutch government subscribed to the importance of knowledge brokering by calling for the establishment of knowledge platforms aiming to improve institutional capacity to absorb and utilise expertise and knowledge in international development.

    Knowledge networks bring together individuals and teams, often across organizational, spatial and disciplinary boundaries, to generate, share and apply knowledge. There exists a variety of practices how knowledge networks are led and organised, what is the distribution of roles and responsibilities and the level of supervision and management as well as how they uphold principles of fairness, accountability, transparency and participation.

    Together with representatives from three Dutch knowledge networks and an international thought leader on knowledge management, participants will engage in a (self-)reflective workshop. To start with, this 90-minutes session addresses the question to what extent equitable practices within knowledge networks differ from other partnerships in international development.

    We will also unpack diverse management cultures and governance experiences among SNI, INCLUDE and KPSRL, touching upon good practices and reflecting on blockers when linking research, policy and practice in domains such as sexual and reproductive health and rights, inclusive development, and security and rule of law.

    Hereinafter, participants will be invited to join the networks in co-creating bold ideas and formulating recommendations to improve knowledge management processes through equitable and inclusive governance. Linking the emerging achievements, challenges and recommendations from the session with global trends and evidence around equitable knowledge management, Gladys Kemboi will wrap up the session with her closing remarks.

    Panellists and Facilitator

    • Dorine Thomissen (Share-Net International coordinator)
    • Anika Altaf (Coordinator INCLUDE Knowledge Platform)
    • Messina Laurette Manirakiza (Programming Officer at Secretariat Knowledge Platform for Security & Rule of Law)
    • Gladys Kemboi (Knowledge Management Advisor)
    • Hannah Kabelka (SRHR advisor at KIT)
  • Multiple dimensions of knowledge & power in Ethiopia – Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation


    Ethiopia has a long-established agricultural knowledge network with knowledge being generated in research institutes and scaled out to the regions and users through an extension system. The knowledge landscape and flow and use of knowledge is top-down. Many research and development projects are dependent on outside financing, including bilateral and world bank funding. These externally funded projects have their own agenda and impacted the continuity and sustainability of knowledge management and institutional partnership.

    In the Ethiopia Wageningen partner projects, we are transitioning to bottom-up planning, ownership within the various administrative levels of the Ethiopian governance structure and engaging universities as equal research partners.

    The challenges and the power dynamics of the transition trajectories will be discussed in this dialogue session.


    • Irene Koomen (Dr.), organizer
    • Dawit Alemu (Dr.), speaker
    • Tewodros Tafere (Dr), speaker
    • Mohammed Hassena (Dr.), Speaker
  • The AMIU Story: Using lessons learned from 65 years in the NGO community to build a university with global partnerships – Amref

    Host Organisation


    The Amref International University (AMIU) is a Pan-African health training and research institution that focuses on developing primary healthcare health workforce leaders and service providers. The university is founded in the premise that health problems know no borders and health policies and guidelines are globally developed and so health institutions must train health workers who think globally, are connected across borders but are able to work locally with their communities. The unique model of AMIU has organically developed over the last 65 years as Amref Health Africa, the largest indigenous African health NGO, implemented programs over the years.

    In this session we will discuss the AMIU model including how partnerships with communities can lead to development of fit for purpose graduates; how locally led context specific research agenda can be developed and how institutions of higher learning can challenge colonial legacies in education and still maintain mutually beneficial global partnerships.

    Session details

    1. Understanding the AMIU model
    This will be a 15 minutes presentation providing a framework for developing knowledge hubs and learning institutions in partnership with communities. A historical perspective of how the university has developed over the years will be presented. Further, the presentation will discuss how the university has continued to remain connected globally despite being a community co-created institution based on local needs.

    2. Brainstorm
    This will take 45 minutes. Participants will be put in 3 groups and will discuss the main challenges around equitable partnerships in the AMIU model:
    –   As AMIU enters the league of universities with all the mandatory regulations and accreditations will it maintain its community-driven approach? How have other universities maintained their local niche and still achieved global excellence?
    –   As student numbers grow, how do you ensure knowledge and practice are interlinked? How do you make sure that students do not lose touch with community needs and that they have the right culture to serve, i.e. being fit for purpose?
    –   As universities develop their unique approaches and try to delink from colonial legacies including attempts to decolonize research – how do we ensure that they maintain mutually beneficial global partnerships?

    3.  Plenary discussions
    This will take 20 minutes. Groups will present their report in plenary and give recommendations.

    4. Wrap up – The last 10 minutes will be used to summarize the key messages to guide future partnerships.

    Session Facilitators

    1.  Prof Joachim Osur, Vice Chancellor, Amref International University (AMIU)
    2.  Prof Tammary Esho, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, AMIU
    3.  Aletta Jansen, Portfolio Manager, Amref Flying Doctors, Netherlands
  • Enabling transformative partnerships and knowledge for better farm productivity and higher income – East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer, IFDC


    The use of improved crop varieties and better farming practices not only boosts smallholder farmers’ income in rural areas but can have a huge impact on nutrition. However, in many rural communities, farmers still struggle with poor yields, and crop and vegetable production is rarely positioned as the profitable and sustainable business it can and should be.

    This session presents perspectives from two organisations aiming to catalyse transformative partnerships for positive change in agricultural markets. IFDC leads the Private Seed Sector Development (PSSD) project in Burundi. The project leverages a unique ‘diamond’ approach to partnership building with key stakeholders, which has enabled systemic changes in the seed system and created new demand for quality seed of improved varieties. The presenters explain how these changes have come about through an intensive process of multistakeholder engagement and facilitation, and which gaps still remain.

    To catalyse the growth of local markets, East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer supports long-term programs aimed at enhancing farmers’ production capacity. EWS invests in peer-led, field-based approaches which put farmers on a positive path of change. The session will detail how local experience to used to ensure farming communities are empowered with the most appropriate context-specific knowledge. In addition to looking at how EWS generates technical knowledge and market-related information, presenters will explore how this is then shared through a network of key farmers and local stakeholders.

    Participants will be asked to reflect on how these initiatives can potentially add further value and deepen the sustainability of their work through, for example, more focus on inclusivity and the scaling-up of positive partnerships. What more can be done?


    • Stuart Morris, Director of East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer
    • Sylvie Desilles, Knowledge Manager of East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer
    • Johann Bonnand, Wageningen Plant Research, Wageningen University & Research (TBC!)
    • Bastian Huesken, Deputy Regional Director East and Southern Africa,
    • Cyriaque Simbashizubwoba, Chief of Party, PSSD Project, IFDC

  • International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)

    IEFA is a resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. View website

  • The Education Observer (India)

    This website: provides a list of scholarships available for Indian students by study field and country.

  • Higher Education Commission (HEC)(Pakistan)

    Scholarships possibilities for Pakistani students for foreign study. For more information visit the HEC website.


    Postgraduate scholarships for Australians who want to study abroad.  Visit the JASON website for more information.

  • Scholarship Portal EU

    Find Scholarships to Finance Your Study at the Scholarship Portal.

  • Nuffic Beursopener

    For Dutch students looking for scholarships to study abroad. Can be of interest to Master students who take advanced modules or do research abroad. And look good because some foundations mentioned also give scholarships to study in the Netherlands. Visit Nuffic Beursopener

  • Nuffic Grantfinder

    Nuffic Grantfinder helps international students find scholarships for study in the Netherlands. Nuffic is the Netherlands’ organization for international cooperation in higher education. It promotes Dutch educational institutions abroad and provides up-to-date information about Dutch higher education, including scholarship information. This new search engine is aimed at international students and research staff who are looking for sources of funding for their studies in the Netherlands.

  • Mullerfonds

    Gives scholarships to NL and Suriname students for study abroad or Master programs in the Netherlands. Visit website for more information.

  • Dr LA Buma Stichting

    Gives scholarships to NL students from Friesland. Visit website for more information.

  • Stichting Bekker-La Bastide

    Support to NL students who do not have financial means to study. Visit their website for more information.

  • Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

    This foundation gives mainly grants on culture and nature preservation. In addition it also gives scholarships to students from the Netherlands to study (minimum 1 year) or do research (minimum 3 months) abroad. This is also the case for research on health related topics. For students (NL nationality) who want to study a Masters at KIT and follow advanced modules, or do research abroad, this could be an interesting option. Visit their website for more information.

  • Fundatie van Renswoude

    For NL and Suriname students. Visit website for more information.

  • Fulbright Program

    Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.

    It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

    For more information, visit the Fulbright Program website.

  • CMB Next Generation Fellowships (China)

    Offer financial support to any qualified Chinese citizens resident in China for international Master’s degree study in the fields of Health Policy and Systems Sciences. KIT has requested to be on ‘list of selected schools’. Students can apply already and ask special permission. For more information, go to the CMB website. Application deadline is most probably end November.

  • Bolashak (Kazakhstan)

    Financed by the Kazakhstan government, the Bolashak programme allows the most talented students from Kazakhstan to specialise at the world’s best higher education institutions. We strongly encourage applicants from Kazakhstan to explore this possibility.

    For more information, visit their website

  • Kosovo Scholarship

    The Young Cells Scheme is the EU Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for Kosovo, aiming to contribute to the creation of an effective, efficient and transparent public administration in Kosovo at all levels. The YCS aims to improve the professional capacity and expertise of civil servants in key sectors of the Kosovo public administration by offering the opportunity to Kosovan graduates to undertake postgraduate masters programme in EU Universities.

    For more information, visit their website.

  • Rabbani Foundation Scholarship

    This Scholarship is intended for students  from arab countries interested in pursuing their education in The Netherlands.

    KIT has received students with a Rabbani Scholarship. We strongly encourage health professionals from Arab countries to explore this option.

    Application period: 1 January – 31 March 2024

    For more information about eligible countries and application process, visit the Rabbani Foundation website.

    Applicants should have academic admission to the masters programme of their choice, so if you want to apply, please do so as soon as possible.

    This scholarship consists of 15.000 Euro (which is not enough to cover the entire studies at KIT.
    Should you not be able to cover the remaining part we encourage you to also apply to the partial scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund. Please indicate in your application that you have also applied to the Rabbani Scholarship)

  • Thai government scholarship

    Thai government is sponsoring excellent  students from Thailand to study abroad and come back to join the civil service.

    More information.

  • Anandamahidol (Thailand)

    For applicants from Thailand: Anandamahidol Foundation is established and funded by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej with an aim to support excellent academic and good moral students to the highest academic opportunity abroad. Although there is no commitment, the awarded students are expected to bring back to knowledge to help developing Thailand in the future.

    For more information, go to their website. 

  • FIDERH (Mexico)

    The Mexican National Bank (Banco de México) provides special loans for Mexican students that want to do a postgraduate programme in Mexico or in another country.

    For more information, visit the FIDERH website

  • Becas Magdalena O. Vda. De Brockman (Mexico)

    A grant for Mexican students interested in doing postgraduate studies. You can find more information on their website.

  • K.C. Mahindra Education Trust (India)

    K.C. Mahindra Education Trust offers interest-free loan scholarships and scholarships to deserving students to pursue post-graduate studies abroad in various fields. Application deadline January. More information on their website.

  • JN Tata Endowment Fund (India)

    The JN Tata Endowment awards loan scholarships to Indian nationals for Postgraduate/PhD/Post doctoral studies abroad. Only those students who have graduated from an Indian university are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a consistently high academic record and other achievements to their credit. View website JN Tata Endowment.