Queen Maxima and Minister Kaag of the Netherlands speak on global health

Her excellency Queen Máxima of the Netherlands spoke at the Financial Times Conference on May 9, 2019, on the 'future of health'. As the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Special Advocate for Inclusive Financing for Development.  she mentioned that mobile and digital solutions are key to inclusive healthcare financing. 

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Sigrid Kaag also spoke at the event, commenting on the importance of mobile technologies for better health outcomes. She noted that the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs was one of the first to recognize the importance of financial innovations and mobile technology for the development of high-quality healthcare in developing countries. Minister Kaag also pointed to collaboration with PharmAccess and CarePay (Health Insurance Fund), which is supporting the creation of an online platform that connects patients, insurers, and healthcare institutions for the financing and delivery of high-quality care.

Speech - UNSGA

Tweet - KNCV

Tweet - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

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Partos summarizes Dutch political parties' development positions ahead of EU elections

Partos, the Dutch NGO umbrella organization, is working on a digital tool to assist voters in the EU elections, to be held on May 23, 2019. Based on available policy documents, Partos is ranking parties across different themes using a traffic-light system. In the tool, Partos checked whether the program is in accordance with the Partos position on each theme (green), not in line with Partos position (red) or is somewhere in between (yellow). If the theme is not mentioned or the position is unclear, the field is left grey. 

Three themes they have already covered are policy coherence, civil society spaces, and financing development cooperation. 

Website - Partos (in Dutch)


Minister Kaag and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands keynote speakers at Financial Times conference on health care

The Financial Times is organizing an event on May 9, 2019, at the Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam on the 'Future of Health Coverage: Revolutionising health financing using mobile technology'. The event will discuss transformative, cutting edge thinking on how best to adopt mobile technology for the delivery of health systems. Among those in the panels are experts and change-makers, including pharmaceutical company chief executive officers (CEOs), government ministers, health insurers and providers, fin-tech startups, financing experts, international donors, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to discuss the role of technology in the path to universal health care (UHC). 

The event will open with a speech by Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who is the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. Key note speakers include Honorable Yaw Osafo-Maafo, senior minister of Ghana as well as Sigrid Kaag, Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation. 

Event site - Financial Times

Dutch CSOs call for an increase of the Dutch commitment to the Global Fund

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Aidsfonds and 9 other civil society organizations* addressed the Dutch Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, in a joint letter urging her to increase the Dutch contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) by 20% for the period 2020-2022. 

In this letter, the 11 co-signing organisations note that the the Global Fund is a unique public-private partnership known for its pragmatic and impact-driven approach in eliminating the three diseases. The Global Fund aims for a minimum of US$14 billion for its work to end the tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria epidemics. 

In March, 2019, Peter Sands, Director of the Global Fund, visited the Netherlands to advocate for an ambitious contribution by the Dutch government ahead of the 2019 Replenishment Conference, which will be hosted by President Macron and will take place in Lyon, France, on October 10, later this year. 

The letter is occasioned by the reaction to the Global Fund Investment case prepared by several Dutch NGOs. 

*KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Aidsfonds, AFEW International, Cordaid, International Civil Society Support (ICSS), Mainline, PSI, The ONE Campaign, Hivos, Wemos and Rutgers

News article - KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

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Dutch NGO umbrella organization Partos publishes toolkit for European elections

Partos, the umbrella organizations for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Netherlands, recently published a toolkit for its members and other strategic partners around the upcoming European elections. It includes a set of infographics created by Concord, the pan-European NGO umbrella organization, that can be used freely by Partos members. These infographics (found here) could be used as visual support for tweets or other posts on social media. 
Additionally, Solidar, a European network of NGOs, has written a report to tell a different story around the EU and the upcoming elections. The report answers questions such as: Is the EU a positive addition to our daily lives? Is the EU doing enough about sustainability or development cooperation? The English version of the report can be found here

News article - Partos (in Dutch)


UK co-hosts high-level meeting on International Financing Facility for Education

UK development minister Penny Mordaunt co-chaired a high-level meeting on the proposed new International Financing Facility for Education (IFFEd) in Washington, DC, along with the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation in the Netherlands, Sigrid Kaag. The IFFEd is an innovative proposal for education financing that could unlock US$10 billion of new funding in its initial phase. The meeting focused on hearing from potential borrower countries on their needs.  

The UK has hosted two of the last four technical design meetings that are exploring how the Facility should operate and be managed. According to the UK government, there is now a robust proposal for driving up education outcomes in lower middle-income countries thanks to its interventions.

UK Parliament - Letter to the Chair of the UK’s International Development Select Committee from UK International Development Minister on UK Government engagement on the IFFEd

IFFEd website - Education Commission

Dutch Parliament meets with CSO Directors working on HIV/AIDS and SRHR

On April 18th, the General Committee on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Dutch Parliament met with the directors of key Dutch CSOs working on HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The discussion concerned the mid-term results of the SRHR partnerships funded by the Dutch government, which had been previously requested by Rutgers University.

In attendance were the following MPs and members: R. de Roon, K.A.E. van den Hul, W.R. van Haga, A. Luik, L.I. Dis and A. Bouali. 

News item - Dutch Parliament (in Dutch)

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Dutch Development Minister announces Mental Health Conference in October in the Netherlands

Sigrid Kraag, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, attended the World Economic Forum in the Middle East and Nothern Africa on April 6-7, 2019 in Jordan.

While there, Ms. Kaag announced that the Netherlands will host a Mental Health Summit in Amsterdam on October 7-8, 2019.  She spoke about the fundamental importance of mental health and well-being for all, but especially for people in crisis situations. 

Twitter Account - Minister Sigrid Kaag


OECD DAC preliminary data release shows ODA down by 2.7% in 2018

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) has published preliminary data for 2018, showing that official development assistance (ODA) fell by 2.7% in 2018. The data release is the first to use the OECD's  new 'grant equivalent' methodology. Applied for the first time in 2018, the method aims to ‘provide a more realistic comparison of the effort involved in providing grants and loans and encourage the provision of grants and highly concessional loans, especially to low-income countries’.

Net ODA from DAC members reached US$153 billion in 2018. The largest donors in absolute amounts were 1) the US (US34.3 billion), Germany (US$25 billion), 3) the UK (US19.4 billion), 4) Japan (US$14.2 billion), and 5) France (US$12.2 billion). In relative terms, the largest donors were Sweden at 1.04% of its gross national income (GNI), Luxembourg (0.98%), Norway (0.94%), Denmark (0.72%) and the UK(0.7%).

For more detailed information on the performance of bilateral donors, see the OECD DAC's detailed summary here.

OECD DAC – Press release “Development aid drops in 2018, especially to neediest countries”

Dutch MPs on Commission for Development Cooperation to visit Colombia in May

The Development Cooperation Commission of the Dutch Parliament will be in Colombia for a self-led visit focused primarily on trade from May 4 to 11. Participating MPs include R. de Roon, W.R. van Haga (VVD), A. Kuik (CDA), A. Bouali (D66), L.I. Diks (GroenLinks), M.Ö. Alkaya (SP), K.A.E. van den Hul (PvdA), C.G. van der Staaij (SPG), T. Kuzu (DENK).

The agenda for the field trip is not yet available.

Website - Dutch Parliament Website (in Dutch)