The government of the Netherlands implements a policy which combines development cooperation with trade and investments. This policy has been renewed, adapted and was launched in 2018 by Sigrid Kaag, the new Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, who took office after the elections in 2017. In the new policy “Investing in Global Prospects” sexual and reproductive health and rights continue to be a policy priority. Gender (SDG5) is considered as a cross-cutting goal.
Policies & funding
Dutch Overseas Development Assistance (ODA)
Dutch Official Development Assistance (ODA) decreased by €750 million per year in the period 2014-2016, and €1 billion in 2017. While the budget for SRH/FP has been safeguarded during these years, general support to civil society was most affected.
The new government aimed to reverse the decreasing ODA trend and has set the goal to restore the internationally agreed 0.7% ODA percentage by 2030. The ODA budget will increase again with a total of €1.75 billion for the 2018-2021 period. However, this does not suffice in reversing the structural ODA budget cuts that have been applied. As a result, ODA as percentage of the GNI in 2018 was 0.61%, for 2019 is 0.57% and for 2020 will be 0.53%.
Funding for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Total expenditure by the Dutch government for SRHR and HIV/AIDS amounted to EUR 432 million in 2017, EUR 445 million in 2018 and EUR 449 million in 2019. The budget for 2020, which is still to be discussed in parliament, is set at EUR 422 million.
As part of this total expenditure the amount dedicated to SRH/FP in 2018 has increased by 15%, up to €142 million. SRH/FP core funding to UNFPA totaled €33 million.
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 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 €215 million. These SRHR alliances focus on youth and rights. Apart from that, agreements had been established with 25 partnerships in advocacy and capacity building for advocacy, of which five have a relevance to SRH/FP. For the period 2020-2025 the Minister will launch a new subsidy framework which continues the SRHR Partnership fund for a total of €215 million.
The Netherlands has been one of the strong supporters of the SheDecides movement. So far, the Dutch government has pledged €29 million for SheDecides, of which €11,4 million was allocated in 2017 and €17,6 million in 2018. Beneficiaries of the SheDecides funding of the Netherlands included UNFPA, Marie Stopes International and the Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia.
The Netherlands is a strong supporter of SRHR, as shown in their statements at the annual CPDs and the High-Level Political Forum. In September 2019, the Netherlands led a progressive joint-statement with 58 countries during the UNGA High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. This statement addressed the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights to realize UHC and achieve the SDGs. The Netherlands is also involved in SheDecides and supported the movement at multiple occasions in international fora.
- Policy document 'Investing in global prospects' of Minister Sigrid Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation)
- Joint statement for UNGA HLM on UHC
Updated January 2020
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