A Triple Helix+ approach towards Inclusive and Conflict-Sensitive Development in Cauca Colombia


At the beginning of December, the Cauca Local Economic Development project proposal from MSM has been awarded a grant from Nuffic to realize the project. The CLED project focuses on A Triple Helix+ approach towards inclusive and conflict-sensitive development in the Cauca region in Colombia. CLED will be linking state institutes, entrepreneurs and local knowledge eco-systems.

The project will promote sustainable peace and economic development by integrating entrepreneur/livelihood capacity building and peacebuilding activities in Caldono, Tororo and Silvia, three rural municipalities in the Cauca region. Under the leadership of MSM the project will develop a Triple Helix+ framework for integrating capacity building, peace building and rural economic development in a holistic, inclusive and sustainable manner. MSM, along with University of Utrecht – Centre for Conflict Studies (UU-CC) and the University of Medillin (UdeM), will work with key Columbian partners such as the University Foundation of Popayan (FUP), National Service for Learning (SENA), Higher School for Public Management (ESAP), and the Regional Centre for Productivity and Innovation of Causa (CREPIC).

With a Train the Trainer approach, the project will capacitate FUP, SENA, ESAP and CREPIC to be more effective training, research and extension organizations, with improved capabilities in offering market based and conflict sensitive programs. The approach will address the educational and opportunity gap in the project area while promoting and documenting peace building and economic development lessons learned.

The 3-year project will run from January 2019 until December 2021. The contact person for this project is Diederik de Boer, Director International Projects and Consultancies a.i.

Nuffic Orange Knowledge Programme
The Orange Knowledge Programme is a €195-m Dutch global development programme, available in 53 developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education. Launched mid-2017, it aims to have provided tens of thousands with the possibility to change their future through education and training by mid-2022.

Other OKP tenders granted recently to MSM are in Ethiopia, Egypt, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.

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