On November 4, 2019, minister for foreign trade and development cooperation of the Netherlands, Sigrid Kaag, sent a letter to parliament outlining the content of the new dutch policy framework with civil society organizations (CSOs) to guide cooperation and funding with partners from 2021 onwards.
The letter, which further elaborated on the content of the first draft of the policy released in June earlier this year, also included the critiques and recommendations of the recent evaluation report of the work in crisis settings, called "Less pretention, more realism”.
The policy puts special attention on the role of CSOs to be independent advocates and influencers around the world, and on the promotion of women's rights, gender equality, and inclusion.
Further, the government will receive applications for grants on 7 specific themes:
- Climate mitigation and adaptation;
- Increasing sustainability of value chains;
- Food security, sustainable water management, and WASH;
- Women's rights and gender equality;
- Freedom of expression and freedom of religion and belief;
- Equal rights for LGBTI population; and
- Security and the rule of law.
Due to the delay in the publication of the policy, the submission date for the grant applications from CSOs has been moved to 12 March 2020.
Press release - Government of the Netherlands (in Dutch)