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Expert meeting “Shifting Roles – impact of Dutch Aid & Trade”
Expert meeting Shifting roles - Impact of Dutch Aid & Trade
Tuesday February 14, 2017 Image: Kaleidos
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm


February 14, 2017
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Humanity House
Prinsegracht 8
The Hague, 2512 GA Netherlands
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Kaleidos Research

Kaleidos Research, in cooperation with the Netherlands-African Business Council NABC and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) invites the private sector for the expert meeting “Shifting Roles – impact of Dutch Aid & Trade” focusing on the Dutch agenda on aid, trade and investment. The meeting will take place on February 14, 2017 in Humanity House in The Hague. and will be held in Dutch. 

With a new cabinet coming close, the question arises whether the current Dutch policies focusing on aid, trade and investment will be continued or adapted.

At the Expert meeting Kaleidos Research will present a discussion paper based on research findings about the (changing) roles of Dutch actors in these policies. Many actors are involved, including Small and Medium Enterprises and Civil Society Organizations. To what extent has the agenda changed the roles of these organizations? What are the main challenges for these actors? Wageningen University & Research (WUR) will also present the first findings of their research focusing on the effect of the aid, trade and investment agenda in Kenya. A panel will discuss the findings and challenges of various actors in the “aid and trade agenda” set by the Dutch minister for Foreign trade and development cooperation Lilianne Ploumen.


  • Irene Visser (Managing Director NABC),
  • Bart Romijn (Director Partos),
  • Wim Jansen (Deputy Director department Foreign Financial Affairs, Ministry of Finance),
  • Mechteld Oomen (Deputy Director International Economic Affairs VNO-NCW)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Rolph van der Hoeven, Institute for Social Studies/ Erasmus University Rotterdam


14.30-15.00                        Coffee/ thee

15.00-15.10                        Word of welcome by the chair

15.10-15.30                        Presentation key findings research, Kaleidos Research

15.30-15.40                        Presentation first findings report research Resilient, Robust and Reliable: From Aid to Trade in Kenya. Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

15.40-16.10                        Panel discussion

16.10-16.20                        Reaction by Marcel Vernooij,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

16.20-17.00                        Discussion with participants

17.00-18.00                        Drinks

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