The Transition Facility (TF) was a programme that encouraged Dutch SMEs and knowledge institutions to become active on the up-and-coming markets in Colombia, Vietnam and South Africa. It is no longer possible to apply for this subsidy.
The Transition Facility has been closed. We would like to refer you to other schemes and instruments for projects in developing countries. These include:
Transition Facility in practice
Interested to see how the Transition Facility was put into practice? Then read the business case about Modern greenhouse vegetable production in Vietnam with Transition Facility. This case provides a clear picture of how the facility improved the production of lettuce in the Lam Dong province.
You can find all Transition Facility projects, active on or started after January 2015, at the aiddata.rvo.nl portal. This portal offers an overview of all official development aid (ODA) projects and programmes implemented by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. You can refine your search by using filter options such as country, sector and programme.
With the Transition Facility, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed to stimulate Dutch entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from Colombia, Vietnam and South Africa to improve the business climate in these 3 transition countries.
Transition countries have received the international label 'promising'. These countries have a relatively good investment climate, decent economic policies and a well-developed financial sector. In addition, these countries also have a rapidly expanding middle class, a relatively young population and a stable political situation. These are important ingredients for durable, local economic growth. Therefore, these countries are interesting markets for Dutch SMEs.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has financed the Transition Facility. It was implemented by the Dutch embassies and consulates general in the transition countries and by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
You can find publications and official notices about Transition Facility on our Publications page.