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27 Dec 2018 description

This report provides a prelimary assessment of the potential for agricultural insurance in Bangladesh. Based on this assessment and discussions with key stakeholders, the WBG will prepare a technical report and policy briefing for Bangladesh Ministry of Finance’s Bank and Financial Institutions Division (BFID) on four potential types of agricultural insurance programs which have been identified through this situational analysis as priority solutions for further investigation.

22 Dec 2018 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 21, 2018

The text of the following statement on Nicaragua was released by the Governments of Australia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, pursuant to their collective commitment to the defense of civil society organizations around the world.

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19 Dec 2018 description

Even after the military defeat of ISIS, the Netherlands will continue working to ensure security and stability in Iraq and the wider region. Foreign minister Stef Blok made this point during his trip to Jordan and Iraq. ‘We have to do this to prevent ISIS from regaining strength,’ he said.

17 Dec 2018 description

Mogadishu – The following international partners* (listed below) are concerned about the recent events in South West State. We extend our deepest condolences for the death of the South West State assembly member and others who have died in the violence in Baidoa. We deplore all violence and any other acts that could exacerbate the humanitarian situation.

29 Nov 2018 description

Bamako, le 28 novembre 2018

Les Pays-Bas renforcent leur participation au Fonds Fiduciaire en Soutien à la Paix et la Sécurité au Mali avec une contribution d’environ 2 millions de dollars américains. Cet appui s’est concrétisé au cours d’une cérémonie tenue ce 28 novembre 2018 au Quartier Général de la MINUSMA.

24 Jul 2018 description

Over 15,000 politicians, policymakers, activists, researchers and advocates from more than 160 countries will be in Amsterdam this week for the 22nd International AIDS Conference, where they will share new research and learn from one another about better ways to combat the disease.

04 Jul 2018 description


With more than 1.2 million refugees, mostly from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan, Uganda is one of the top-most refugee hosting countries worldwide. Due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, many further refugees currently cross the border to Uganda.

29 Jun 2018 description

The Dutch government will support displaced Iraqis returning to towns and villages recently occupied by ISIS. Sigrid Kaag, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, announced the support during a visit to Mosul, the liberated city in northern Iraq where the terrorist organisation declared the caliphate in 2014.

08 May 2018 description

Access to secure land tenure and security from evictions underpin sustainable social and economic development. Communities with security of tenure invest in and prosper from the land that they live on. Secure land tenure and property rights can be derived through various means such as formal titles (title deeds). Security can also be achieved through long-term rental contracts or by the formal recognition of customary rights and informal settlements.

26 Apr 2018 description

Speaking at the DRC Humanitarian Conference in Geneva on Friday, development minister Sigrid Kaag announced that the Netherlands will make over €10 million available this year for humanitarian assistance to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The conference was organised by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the EU and the Netherlands.

26 Apr 2018 description

On Wednesday, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag announced at an international conference in Brussels that the Netherlands will continue to provide support aimed at relieving the suffering of Syrians in Syria and its neighbouring countries and helping to maintain regional stability.

13 Apr 2018 description

(Genève, le 13 avril 2018) Les donateurs internationaux ont annoncé aujourd’hui un montant de $528 millions de dollars américains pour soutenir l’acheminement d’une aide humanitaire dont des millions de personnes en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) ont besoin de manière urgente.
Les annonces ont été faites lors d’une conférence humanitaire à Genève, co-présidée par les Nations Unies, l’Union Européenne et le Royaume des Pays-Bas.

13 Apr 2018 description
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Conference results (13 April – 16:40)

(Geneva, 13 April 2018) International donors today announced US$528 million to support the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to millions of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The announcements were made at a humanitarian conference in Geneva co-chaired by the United Nations, the European Union and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

13 Apr 2018 description

In the years ahead Lebanon can continue to count on Dutch support to increase stability in the fragile country. During a speech at a conference in Paris on Lebanon's economic development, trade and development minister Sigrid Kaag said that she will closely monitor whether the Lebanese government implements its announced reforms, tackles corruption and balances the budget.

02 Mar 2018 description

The Netherlands is offering accelerated assistance to Palestinian refugees in need. In doing so, the government aims to ensure that humanitarian assistance and basic services continue to be maintained.

26 Jan 2018 description

The budget that the government allocated last year for She Decides – to preserve family planning services – has benefited women in a number of countries, including Ethiopia, Yemen, Mali, Bangladesh and Mozambique. She Decides has also supported several programmes covering multiple countries, such as the West African region as a whole. The Netherlands is spending a total of €29 million on She Decides in 2017 and 2018.

15 Dec 2017 description

At the invitation of French president Emmanuel Macron, the five countries of the Sahel region that provide troops to the G5 Sahel military force met in Paris yesterday. Together with a group of other countries and institutions that are closely involved in the Sahel, they discussed ways of supporting this force. The Netherlands, which has been committed to promoting security and development in the region for some time, was represented by foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra.

05 Oct 2017 description

The government is to provide a second package of emergency aid for refugees fleeing Myanmar. The decision by development minister Lilianne Ploumen comes in response to an appeal from the International Red Cross, the only international organisation able to reach the northern part of Rakhine State. The Red Cross has warned that no funding is currently available for a substantial part of the humanitarian aid immediately needed in the region. ‘The plight of many people there is utterly desperate,’ the minister commented.

04 Oct 2017 description

The special teams deployed worldwide by the Netherlands to advise countries on how to protect themselves against flooding will be continuing their activities in the years ahead. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen and infrastructure and environment minister Melanie Schultz van Hagen have pledged to fund the Dutch Risk Reduction (DRR) teams for another three years.