Dutch report on Product Development Partnerships Fund III finds program effective

On November 22, 2021, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation reacted in parliament to the evaluation report of Product Development Partnerships (PDP) Fund III. According to Minister De Bruijn, the activities of the six PDPs are relevant and can be considered cost-effective to the development and marketing of products to prevent and combat poverty and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) related disorders and diseases. The evaluation report estimated that 2.4 billion people around the world have benefited from work done by the PDPs.

The PDP III grant was awarded for a period of 5 years, from 2015 to 2020, whereby the Dutch government invested €84 million (US$96 million) into six PDPs. In 2020, the grant period was extended by one year with €17 million (US$20 million) to cover 2021 as well. De Bruijn declared that the evaluation report forms the basis for the funding framework of PDP IV, which is expected to start in July 2022.