Development

Netherlands - DAC Peer Review of Development Co-operation

 

 

Over its 60 year history of development co-operation, the Netherlands has earned itself a well deserved reputation for responding positively and creatively to challenges and setting trends for new approaches. It is one of only five DAC members to have achieved the United Nations (UN) target of allocating 0.7% of its national income as official development assistance (ODA). Since 1975 it has surpassed this target every year.

The Netherlands is now revising its approach to development co-operation, formulating new policies and strategies to respond better to a rapidly-changing world. While retaining its emphasis on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the focus of Dutch aid is shifting away from social development towards economic sectors, supporting the self-reliance of developing countries and promoting the relationships between development objectives; global public goods, such as climate policy or protecting biodiversity; and Dutch national interests.

 

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Worth more than the money alone: Dutch flexibility and technical input in Tanzania 

A range of partners in Tanzania – including Tanzanian government officials, NGO partners and other donors – highlighted for the peer review team how the Dutch embassy’s flexibility and capacity meant its contribution added up to much more than simply financial support. Examples from the embassy’s work in the health sector and decentralisation efforts illustrate this point.

Flexibility: 
  • In the health sector, the Dutch Embassy was able to re-orient its support when many other bilateral donors and vertical funds all chose to focus on the same health challenges. The Tanzanian government appreciated that the Dutch had the flexibility to re-direct support to help fill crucial gaps – based on what was needed rather than what was in vogue at home. The embassy also helped a health NGO to complete a successful malaria project when another donor pulled the final phase of funding (because their headquarters’ priorities changed)
  • The Netherlands agreed to join the World Bank in providing financial support to the Tanzanian government’s programme for decentralisation and reform of local government. When the World Bank was slow to disburse funds, the Netherlands was able to make sure the programme was able to get started on schedule. (Box 8.)

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