Netherlands Plans More Focused Aid Sector Priorities

After introducing plans to reduce the number of countries receiving Dutch development aid, the Netherlands says it will also focus its bilateral development funding on four sector priorities.

These sectors include security and legal order, water, food security, and sexual and reproductive health and rights, according to a March 21 statement from the foreign affairs ministry.

The Cabinet on March 18 approved a proposal to reduce recipients of Dutch aid from 33 to 15 - keeping bilateral aid programs with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen.

>> Netherlands Eyes Cutting Number of Aid-Recipient Countries

The Dutch government considered five factors in selecting aid-recipient nations - “the prospects for achieving the best results, the levels of income and poverty, the capacity for progress in the spearhead areas, the opportunities and interests of the ministries most closely involved, and the level of good governance,” according to the statement.  

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.