The Dutch government implements a policy which combines aid with trade and investments, based on the policy document ‘A world to gain. A new agenda for aid, trade and investment’ issued in April 2013 by the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. One of the four policy priorities comprise women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In March 2017, general elections took place in the Netherlands and a new government was installed by the end of October. In the new government plans SRHR will be continued as one of the policy priorities in development cooperation. With Sigrid Kaag as new Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, it is likely that a new policy document will be released in the course of her term.
Policies & funding
Funding for SRH/FP from the Netherlands significantly increased (29%) in 2016, compared to 2015, to a total of over €183 million. The Netherlands increased its funding for SRH/FP to multilaterals and organisations/initiatives, and also their support for the UNFPA Supplies programme. The formation of a new coalition government in the Netherlands may have an impact on the ODA budget, but the Netherlands currently remains committed to SRH/FP, and is also heavily involved in the SheDecides initiative, including a €25 million pledge.
Funding for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
Total expenditure by the Dutch government for SRHR and HIV/AIDS amounted to EUR 371,796,000 in 2015, EUR 424,010,000 in 2016 and 416,784,000 in 2017. The budget for 2018, which is still to be discussed in parliament, is set at EUR 417,800,000.
The Netherlands, within the framework of Family Planning 2020, committed to enable access to contraceptives for 6 million women and girls.
In 2016, the Dutch government has started with the implementation of Strategic Partnership Agreements, coordinated by 7 alliances of NGOs, and 5 INGOs for the period of 2016-2020, for a total amount of EUR 215 million. These alliances also focus on youth and rights. Apart from that, agreements had been established with 25 partnerships, in advocacy and capacity building for advocacy. Five of these partnerships have a relevance to SRHR, which concerns a total amount of EUR 168,600,000 over 5 years.
On the 28th of January 2017 former Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, launched the SheDecides initiative. The Netherlands has been one of the strong supporters of the SheDecides movement ever since. So far, the Dutch government has pledged 29 million Euros for SheDecides, it is not yet clear whether this amount will be allocated for 2017 or 2018.
The Netherlands is a strong supporter of SRHR, as shown in their statements at the annual CPDs and the High Level Political Forum (for instance through across-regional statement in 2017, during the review session of SDG 3). In its Voluntary National Review report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, submitted to the HLPF in 2017, the Netherlands reemphasized its diplomatic and financial support for SRHR through its foreign policy and development cooperation. The Netherlands has also addressed the SheDecides fundraising initiative at multiple occasions in international fora.
- A world to gain. A new agenda for aid, trade and investment. (2013)
- Annual report Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation 2014 (Dutch)
- HGIS (Homogene Groep Internationale Ontwikkelingssamenwerking) annual report 2014 (Dutch)
Revised Budget for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for 2015 (voorjaarsnota) (Dutch)
- Budget for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for 2016 (as presented in September 2015) (Dutch)
- Annual report Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation 2015 (Dutch)
- Revised Budget for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for 2016 (voorjaarsnota) (Dutch)
- Budget for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation for 2016 (as presented in September 2016) (Dutch)
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