Focus of Dutch development cooperation

The Netherlands supports good governance initiatives in 15 partner countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen.

The four spearheads for bilateral development are security and the legal order, water, food security, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. All are areas in which Dutch businesses, civil society organizations, and knowledge institutions can offer expertise and add special value. 

Recently, the Dutch development policy has aimed to increase its effectiveness and efficiency by making a shift towards investment, self-reliance, public-private partnerships, fewer themes and partner countries, better alignment with Dutch expertise and less dependence on government financing. A larger proportion of the development budget will be spent on public-private partnerships, business instruments and economic diplomacy.

Netherlands as ILO donor

The Dutch Government has traditionally been an important donor and partner of the ILO technical cooperation programme. The Netherlands signed a Partnership Programme with the ILO for the period 2014-2017. In the framework of the Partnership programme, the Netherlands provides:
  • USD 3.3 million per year as an un-earmarked contribution that allows the ILO to respond flexibly to the demands of developing countries for ILO assistance.
  • USD 3.3 million per year to the Better Work Programme, which works to improve working conditions and productivity in the garment sector worldwide.
The Netherlands strongly supports the ILO outside this partnership and provided an average of USD 5 million per year of additional voluntary contribution in the period 2014-2016.