The Netherlands

Inclusive Business in Development Cooperation of EU Member States

The Dutch programmes and focus countries are under review and the policies in this area are in transition. An updated version of the Netherlands’ donor mapping will be uploaded as soon as available.

Institutional Setup

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BZ) is responsible for the country’s development cooperation. The aim of the Netherlands’ development cooperation is to promote sustainable economic growth in developing countries with a focus on water management, food security, security and rule of law, and sexual and reproductive rights.

International Public Goods (IPGs) also play an important role in Dutch development cooperation.

The Netherlands pursues multilateral development cooperation by contributing to international organizations, such as the European Uniomn, the World Bank Group, and the United Nations, but also to IDB and AfDB, through manpower, finance, and ideas. More than 35 per cent of the Netherlands’ development budget flows into programmes run by these institutions.

Development cooperation is also pursued through civil organizations (NGOs), such as Oxfam Novib, ICCO, and Hivos, which often work together with local partners which better understand the local needs.

Inclusive Business in Private Sector Promotion

Private sector promotion plays a significant role in Netherlands’ development cooperation. The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) provides finance to dutch SMEs doing business in developing countries.

The Netherlands also promotes economic development in target countries through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). The BZ has PPP funds in the areas: water, food security, sexual and reproductive health and rights, sports, and energy. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) is responsible for managing these funds.

The Development Cooperation Matchmaking Facility (MMF) puts businesses in search for reliable partners in developing countries in touch with Dutch businesses.

The foci of the Dutch contribution to a good business climate include:

Regional Focus

The Netherlands has 15 partner countries. The BZ draws up Multi-Annual Strategic Plans on its development cooperation policy in each country.

  • The Netherlands has aid relationships with Afghanistan, Burundi, Mali, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Yemen.
  • The Netherlands has transitional relationships with Bangladesh, Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, and Uganda.
  • Countries with which the Netherlands has had aid relationships with but have transitioned into trade relationships include Colombia, South Africa, and Vietnam.

Publications

Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF)

Programme description

Objective:

To combine long-term profit with sustainable economic and social well-being.

Activities:

Private sector investments when banks or co-financiers are reluctant to provide (full) financing. Supporting SMEs which invest in or export to developing countries and emerging markets.

Inclusive Business Accelerator (IBA)

Budget (mio €)
10.00
Region
Global
Programme description

Objective:

Catalysing the growth and dissemination of inclusive business models.

Activities:

Connecting IB entrepreneurs to investors and advisory services, enabling them to identify feasible opportunities, and acquire finance and market information.

Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV)

Region
Global
Programme description

Objective:

To increase food security and to strengthen the private sector in developing countries.

Activities:

Stimulating public-private partnerships in food security and private sector development in developing countries. Grant programmes.

2SCALE (Toward Sustainable Clusters in Agribusiness through Learning in Entrepreneurship)

Budget (mio €)
42.00
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Programme description

Objective:

To strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers and SMEs to accelerate value chain and private sector development, through innovation and coordinated action.

Activities:

Partnership brokering and facilitation in agriculture and food sectors.

  • Developing agribusiness clusters
  • Business support service (BSS) strengthening
  • Developing BoP products and markets