Service menu right

Global issues

Water, energy and food are inextricably linked together. Water is required for agricultural produce, energy for production of food and distributing water. No or limited access to clean water, food security and modern energy services affects health negatively, limits opportunities and widens the gap between the rich and the poor. These cross-border issues concern governments, companies and the public sector. It is important to cooperate with each other in order to tackle these challenges.

Water safety

Programmes for stimulation of safe and clean drinking water, sanitation, improved water management, river basin management, and secure deltas.

Sustainable Water Fund supports public-private partnerships that aim to finance projects in the area of water safety and water security. The projects should alleviate poverty and support sustainable economic growth and self-reliance.

Ghana WASH Window supports public-private projects in the fields of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) and/or urban water management in Ghana.

Disaster management

Programmes covering the entire disaster management cycle from relief, preparedness and response to recovery.

Dutch Risk Reduction team of experts advises governments on how to resolve urgent water issues related to flood risks, water pollution and water supply, to prevent disasters or to rebuild after water related disasters.

Dutch Surge Support responds to the needs during water related disasters around the globe by sending out skillful experts from the Dutch water sector.

Food security

Programme for investments in sustainable food production, in better and affordable whole-food nutrition, and in encouraging good local markets and entrepreneurship.

Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) encourages public/private partnerships within the sphere of food security and private sector development in developing countries.

Energy access

Programme for giving 13.7 million poor people in developing countries sustainable access to modern energy services.

Energising Development Partnership Programme provides energy access to households, social institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This is done by establishing economically sustainable energy solutions and distribution schemes, mainly for rural communities.

Innovative enterprise

Programmes for the support of Dutch enterprises wishing to invest in or execute a project in emerging markets and in developing countries.

Subsidy scheme for demonstration projects, achievability studies and investment preparation studies will increase and strengthen the number of Dutch companies operating successfully in emerging markets and developing countries, making a positive contribution towards sustainable local improvements in developing countries.


Programmes for the stimulation of public-private partnership in the life sciences sector and innovation of healthcare product and technology

Life Sciences & Health for Development Fund provides access for many people in developing countries to health technologies that offer effective, affordable solutions to common diseases and health problems.

Product Development Partnerships III Fund focuses on the development and availability of affordable, effective medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and innovative health products.


Programme for the support of governments in developing relevant infrastructure in developing countries.

Develop2Build focuses on infrastructure in the sectors of water, food security, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The projects must contribute to the development of the private sector, improving people’s ability to provide for themselves.

Social improvement

In many countries, young people’s sexuality and homosexuality are taboo subjects. Large numbers of people have no access to contraceptives or antiretroviral medicines. And many women give birth without any form of professional assistance. Unwanted pregnancies, maternal mortality and transmission of the HIV virus are huge problems.

Together we can promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in developing countries. This will not only benefit the people themselves, but also boost social and economic progress in the countries in question.

Product Development Partnerships Fund III supports public private partnerships in the life science sector. With these partnerships we aim to develop new products and increase access to new (health-related) technologies and products that are specifically focused on diseases and disorders that predominantly affect poor populations in developing countries.