OECD The Netherlands is an innovative aid provider

OECD recently (June 28) published an article in which the Dutch approach on aid is applauded. Although some concerns are expressed with regard to budget pressure, especially promoting the private sector is perceived as a powerful tool to contribute to increasing economic perspective.

“The Netherlands is able to raise development issues in international trade meetings by having the same minister responsible for trade and development. Collaboration between the economy, health and foreign affairs ministries enabled the Netherlands to increase access to medicines in the poorest countries by persuading the EU to allow cheaper generic drugs to be produced there. The Netherlands is also a good humanitarian and multilateral partner, with a strong focus on sexual reproductive health and rights. The Netherlands has actively used ODA (Official Development Assistance) to help poor countries increase their tax revenues and to attract private finance to help combat and protect against climate change. It has also promoted a strong role for the private sector in development for over a decade. This means that total financial flows from the Netherlands to developing countries far outweigh ODA”.