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Private sector development became an increasingly central focus of Dutch development policy from 2010 onwards. The international literature about bottlenecks in private sector development states the importance of a stimulating investment climate for the private sector. But what is known about the results of the Dutch policy? This policy review is looking into the results of the Dutch development policy on private sector development.
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Since 2000, the share of developing and emerging countries in Dutch exports has increased from less than 5% in 2000 to almost 11% in 2012. This study shows that aid has contributed to the growth. Each euro of Dutch bilateral aid produces a EUR 0.70–0.90 return in terms of increased exports, leading to a value added for the Dutch economy of about EUR 0.40–0.55 for each euro spent.
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This report presents the findings of a Professional Peer Review of the evaluation function at the Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Belgium.
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‘Aid is just a recipe for permanent poverty’, wrote President Museveni of Ugandain the Wall Street Journal (November 6, 2003), arguing that ‘The only way we canbreak out of this vicious cycle of poverty is through trade and export-led growth.’Is he right?