Dutch development cooperation policy
The Netherlands' approach to development cooperation is all about people's rights and opportunities. Everyone should be able to stand on their own feet and have opportunities to develop successful lives. The Netherlands also wants governments in developing countries to provide stability and protect their population.
The Dutch government's three ambitions for development cooperation are:
eradicating extreme poverty in a single generation
promoting sustainable, inclusive growth that also benefits the poorest and most vulnerable populations around the world
enabling Dutch companies to succeed abroad.
Doing what the Netherlands is good at
To achieve results the Netherlands invests in the themes where its expertise lies:
food and agriculture
sexual and reproductive health and rights (working towards healthy and wanted pregnancies, safe childbirth and free choice of partner).
Within these themes, particular attention is paid to women's rights, climate change and promoting entrepreneurship.
Aid, trade and investment
Where possible the Netherlands links aid to trade. This contributes to sustainable economic growth worldwide, which benefits people in developing countries – including the poorest and most vulnerable groups in society. And it also provides opportunities for Dutch businesses.
The Netherlands' activities focus on:
more and better access to international markets
strengthening the private sector in low- and lower middle-income countries
promoting trade and investment
making production and marketing chains more sustainable.
Development cooperation: the Netherlands and your country or region
Ukraine is not part of a development programme in the Netherlands. However, the Matra programme exists, under which the Netherlands works with civil society and authorities in Ukraine. For more information on the Matra Programme