NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development
NWO division

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development programmes, funds and monitors innovative research on global issues, with a focus on sustainable development and poverty reduction. NWO-WOTRO's research projects are realised by interdisciplinary teams of researchers from the North and South and in close collaboration with non-academic stakeholders. These partnerships yield solutions for development challenges and strengthen the bridge between research, policy and practice.

NWO-WOTROs objectives

NWO-WOTRO implements the NWO strategy 2015-2018. In addition, NWO-WOTRO engages with the framework of the knowledge policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Top sector policy of the Dutch government. Based on these commitments, NWO-WOTRO has developed a strategy plan that includes the following overall objectives:

  • increase the generation, dissemination and utilisation of high-quality knowledge
  • increase the generation of groundbreaking ideas
  • enhance knowledge synergy for development
  • strengthen research capacity in developing countries

NWO-WOTRO realises these objectives by developing research programmes and activities together with national and international stakeholders from inside and outside the scientific community. These stakeholders include researchers, policy makers, development practitioners and the private sector.


Research programmes in cooperation with a Knowledge Platform of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

WOTRO facilitates the research component within the knowledge platforms of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The knowledge platforms form a robust knowledge base on international cooperation by supporting research and the development and exchange of knowledge.

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NWO-WOTRO research programmes

NWO-WOTRO initiates themed programmes to fund specific scientific research that contributes towards solving societal issues. By issuing national and international calls for proposals, the best scientists and consortia are selected to come up with solutions in consultation with the requesting parties.

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WOTRO's publications

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