WOTRO Science for Global Development
NWO division

WOTRO Science for Global Development

WOTRO Science for Global Development programmes, funds and monitors innovative research on global issues, with a focus on sustainable development and poverty reduction. 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.

WOTRO’s objectives

WOTRO implements the NWO strategy 2011-2014 ‘Growing through knowledge’. In addition, 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, 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

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.


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