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Aid and trade perspectives

Published on: 23/09/2014

The good and the bad of the Dutch government aid and trade approach to development in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector.

In 2013, Dutch development policy shifted from aid to trade as the primary engine of sustainable, inclusive growth. Can this new approach help ensure that every person in the world enjoys safe water, sanitation and hygiene, now and forever? 

Christiaan Rebergen (Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands), Ariette Brouwer (Director of Simavi) and Hielke Wolters (Managing Director of Aquanet) were invited to be the key speakers at the IRC Event: 'The limits of aid, the future of trade'? that took place in The Hague on 17 September 2014. This event was co-hosted by the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) and supported by the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP).

In this video, they share their perspective on aid and trade and its contribution to universal water, sanitation and hygiene services.


You can also listen into the views of the panelists that were interviewed during the event by clicking on their photos.


'Aid and trade is the solution'

Roel Martens, Sr Advisor at the Directorate-General for Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

'Private capital fills important gap'

Wout Korving, Co-founder and senior advisor of RebelGroup


'Focus on the bottom poor'

Sascha GabizonDirector Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF)

'Aid and trade brings new technologies'

Joop Colsen, Founder of Colsen BV


'Don't forget equality'

Patrick Moriarty, CEO, IRC

You are invited to join the discussion aid and trade on by commenting to the blog 'Is trade the new silver bullet' which presents the reflections on the key issues and results of the debate.

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