Dutch present fact sheet on importance of African-EU cooperation

The Netherlands has released a fact sheet on African-EU relations, stressing that Africa and the EU must cooperate regarding international security, with the EU taking responsibility to ensure this through civil and military missions. The fact sheet calls for an equal partnership between Africa and the EU, with cooperation based on both region's agendas. It also advocates for increased participation of women and youth in civil processes.

The European Commission has proposed the need for a renewed partnership between Africa and Europe, with a cooperation strategy for the coming years to be presented in November 2017.

Fact sheet - Government of the Netherlands (in Dutch)


Annual development cooperation report presented in the Hague

The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, presented the Annual Report of the Homogeneous Group of International Cooperation (HGIS) 2016. The HGIS details the government’s expenses concerning foreign policy, distinguishing between expenses that comply with the criteria for official development assistance (ODA) and remaining  expenses (non-ODA). An important instrument for an integrated and coherent development policy, the report covers topics including terrorism, migration, women and gender equality, and trade and investments.

Full report (in Dutch)


Dutch Homogeneous Group of International Cooperation releases 2016 foreign policy report

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders presented the Annual Report of the Homogeneous Group of International Cooperation (HGIS) 2016. In it, all of the government’s expenses concerning foreign policy across ministries are combined and presented. Terrorism, migration, women's and gender equality, and trade and investments are just some of the topics that are presented. In addition, the report distinguishes between expenses that comply with the criteria for official development assistance (ODA) and cooperation and those that do not (non-ODA), making it an important instrument to advocate for an integrated and coherent development and foreign policy.

The full report (in Dutch) can be found on the website of the Dutch government.

Website - Government of the Netherlands (in Dutch)


European leaders call for more funding to fight drug-resistant TB

Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development hosted a high-level meeting in Brussels to discuss the threat of tuberculosis (TB) in Europe and encourage more financing for research and development (R&D). At the meeting, which was entitled “TB and European Health Security: The critical role of TB R&D in the context of AMR”, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), Vytenis Andriukaitis, along with government officials from France and the Netherlands underlined the urgent need to develop new tools to tackle multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and improve health security across Europe.

The meeting was jointly organized by the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance), the Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI), and the German health NGO, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW).

Press release - TB Alliance

Dutch CSOs urge party leaders to invest in development and refugee programs

Nine Dutch CSO directors (from Save the Children, OXFAM Novib, UNICEF, Cordaid, Hivos, Pax, Icco, Prisma and Partos) have written a joint letter to five Dutch party leaders urging them to show courage in their commitment to tackle the root causes of climate change, conflict, and extreme poverty. The party leaders, Mr. Rutte (Prime Minister; VVD), Mr. Buma (CDA), Mr. Pechtold (D66), Mr. Klaver (GroenLinks), and Ms. Schippers (formateur), are currently negotiating a potential coalition government. The letter specifically calls for them to: 1) ensure the new budget for official development assistance is at least 0.7% of GDP, in line with UN targets and EU agreements; 2) establish safe and legal routes for refugees to enter or leave the country; and 3) respect international obligations under the UNHCR Refugee Convention.

Webpage - OXFAM Novib (in Dutch)


Dutch net ODA falls 13% in 2016 as in-country refugee costs decrease

According to preliminary data from the OECD, the Netherlands' net Official Development Assistance (ODA) decreased from about US$5.7 billion in 2015 to about US$5 billion in 2016, in large part due to lower spending levels for in-country refugee costs compared with the previous year.
This is a drop of 13%, which has led the country's ratio of ODA to GNI to dip below the 0.7% target for the third time since 1974. Of all 29 DAC members, only six have reached that target for 2016.

Summary - OECD


Conservative-liberal party is winner of the Netherlands' 2017 general elections

On March 15, 2017, the Netherlands held general elections. Voter turnout (81.4%) for this year's election was significantly higher than for the 2012 elections, with results showing a victory for the current governing conservative-liberal party (VVD) with 33 seats. VVD was followed by the far-right party (PVV) with 20 seats. The social-liberal party (D66) and the center-right Christian party (CDA) were close behind with 19 seats each. The green-left party (GL) increased its number of seats from 4 to 14, compared to the 2012 elections. However, the labor party (PvdA), a coalition partner in the current government, suffered a historic loss of 29 seats (from 38 to 9). 

All political parties called for an increased development budget in their election manifestos, except for VVD and PVV. However, the VVD has stated that it will not govern with the populist PVV. It will thus need to forge a coalition with at least three other parties to form a majority, which could have positive implications for development spending.



Dutch elections: results, process, and forecasts

After parliamentary elections on March 15, 2017, the Netherlands has now started the process of forming a new coalition government. Based on election results and expressed party preferences, a Christian-right cabinet with progressive influences, or progressive-right cabinet with Christian influences will be most likely. The process could be a matter of weeks, or last months, depending on how negotiations go. Most of the likely coalition partners have called for increases in ODA spending; as such, the next cabinet could have a positive effect on the Dutch position towards development cooperation.


New article - the Guardian




Dutch Cabinet frees €3.8 million for emergency aid in Somalia and Kenya

The Dutch Cabinet will free up €3.8 million to address hunger and malnutrition in the Horn of Africa, with €3 million going to Somalia and €0.8 million to Kenya. The money is to be channeled through the Dutch Relief Alliance and the Red Cross. According to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, Lilianne Ploumen, the Netherlands is doing more than just providing emergency aid to combat the current situation. She has cited that Dutch development assistance invests in programs to enhance populations’ resilience against droughts. These programs focus on promoting sustainable water use and self-reliance of farmers, and on increasing the capacity of local health professionals to treat malnutrition in a timely and efficient manner.

Website - Federal Government

Netherlands Nutrition

New G-Finder report finds the EU takes second place in global health R&D funding

On February 16, 2017, Policy Cures Research launches its 2017 G-FINDER report in Brussels. The report finds that the EU has superseded the UK as the second-largest funder of global health R&D. The US remains the largest funder; however, both the US and the UK have reduced their funding in 2015. The EU significantly increased spending. Since 2008, G-FINDER has tracked global investments into research and product-development for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other neglected diseases. The platform provides data about 35 different neglected diseases across 142 product areas and platform technologies. 

G-FINDER– Policy Cures Research

Press release – Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung