Dutch coalition agreement boosts ODA
Dutch parties VVD, CDA, D66, and CU have presented a coalition agreement that outlines their plans for the coming four years, including significant increases to Official Development Assistance (ODA). The new Cabinet corrects the budget frontloading of the last cabinet, which means that the budget for Official Development Assistance (ODA) will increase by €118 million in 2019, €304 million in 2020, and €331 million in 2021. As a result, the ODA budget will be 0.7% of the gross national income (GNI), minus €1.4 billion in cuts from the previous government. The development of the ODA budget will also be linked to the GNI development of the Netherlands. Additionally, the new Cabinet will add €1 billion in incidental additional resources to ODA in the coming four years.
The Netherlands’ thematic priorities for development will continue to be sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), agriculture, water, and the rule of law. The government remains committed to fighting the root causes of migration with a targeted approach focused on specific regions. Policy on priority partner countries will be assessed to increase focus and effectiveness. As a first step in this reviewing process, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq will be added to the partner country list, and African and other partner country relationships will be reviewed.