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Published on: 15/07/2014

Save the date for the 3rd IRC event

What is the role for NGOs and private sector within the government’s Aid and Trade agenda? This event will be co- hosted by DGIS and supported by the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP). It will focus on the implications of the Aid and Trade Agenda for development cooperation in the WASH sector. The aim is to get to grips with the effects of this agenda for the different actors in the WASH sector. 

About the event

When: 17th September, 5 - 7:30 PM followed by drinks. 
Where: At the venue 7AM (Buitenhof 47, 2513 AH Den Haag)

Join us and participate in the discussion around the role for NGOs and private sector within the Dutch Government's Aid and Trade agenda; and network with various people from NGOs/government/academia and private sector afterwards over drinks. 

Keynote speakers and pre-read 

Moderated by Paul van Koppen, there will be a brief introduction to the topic by key presenters; this will be followed by a cross-fire debate with participation of prominent policy makers at DGIS and representatives of both the NGO and private sector.


  • Christiaan Rebergen, Director-General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
  • Ariette Brouwer, Director of Simavi
  • Hielke Wolters, Managing Director of Aquanet


  • Patrick Moriarty, CEO IRC
  • Roel Martens, BEB Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
  • Joop Colsen, Founder of Colsen BV
  • Sascha Gabizon,Director WECF
  • Wout Korving, co-founder and senior advisor of RebelGroup

Save the date and register at for your presence for the event and to be kept informed about future events. In the meantime, get yourselves acquainted with the topic by reading the background note "Aid and Trade: Implications for the future of WASH"

We hope to meet you on the 17th in The Hague! 


About IRC Events 

IRC runs thematic events in The Hague, open to all interested parties. They aim to bring together professionals to network and discuss hot topics in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. They are forward looking and multidisciplinary in nature presenting the latest thinking from governments, NGOs, private sector and academia.
The two past events were:  Death of the hand pump” and "Can we avoid rehabilitation programmes?".


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