International cooperation

International development is a collaborative exercise


International development is by definition a collaborative exercise. WOTRO therefore works together with strategic public and private partners (both national and international) in jointly developing and funding research programmes. Besides its core funding from NWO, WOTRO manages additional funds from external partners for specific activities and programmes.

Current partners of WOTRO include the policy departments of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Dutch ministries, as well as various international scientific and development organisations. Such broader partnerships increase the effective deployment of the available funds and make it easier for researchers in developing countries to gain access to funding. Further information about working with WOTRO can be found in the brochure WOTRO – Partnerships in research for development.


Current initiatives

WOTRO participates in a range of bilateral, European and international initiatives. These contribute to the generation, dissemination and utilisation of knowledge by building bridges between science, policy and practice. Current initiatives WOTRO participates in are:

  • 2ENRICH - Initiative with the South African Research Foundation and Technology Foundation STW;
  • Agriculture beyond Food - Research programme with the Indonesian Ministry of Science and Technology and the KNAW;
  • CoCooN - Research programme with the Dutch government and the British Department for International Development (DFID);
  • East Kalimantan - Research programme with the Indonesian government and the KNAW;
  • ERAfrica – Collaborative initiative of fifteen European and African countries and the European Union with European countries and the EU;
  • ESSENCE - International network on health research;
  • Population, Reproductive Health and Economic Development (PopDev) - Research programme with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Economic Social Research Council (UK), the Population Reference Bureau (USA) and the Research Council of Norway;
  • South African Netherlands Partnership in Research for Development (SANPAD) - Dutch-South African collaborative research programme;
  • Social Science Collaboration India - the Netherlands - Programme with the Indian Council for social science research;
  • TASENE - Research programme with COSTECH Tanzania and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.