Assessment of Dutch support for the human rights projects

An evaluation was carried out to determine the success of the human rights policy goals in the relations of Dutch with other countries through the financing of the human rights project. Human rights projects introduced in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Palestine, and Kazakhstan were examined by going to these countries and through indoor studies. The key aim of the project was to evaluate the contribution made by funding human rights projects towards the execution of the 2007 Human Rights Strategy in terms of Dutch foreign policy.

The review was aimed at evaluating the consistency of projects with the Human Rights Strategy, 2007; the reasons for the financially aiding in the project; the relationship with priority themes such as human rights defenders; the right of women, LGBTQ, freedom from expression and of torture. The evaluation also considered the alignment of the project with the political efforts made by the Dutch concerning the project to enhance the protection of human rights.

Also, the efficiency of the project was considered, along with both its short-term and long-term results. Furthermore, the factors which may contribute to the success of the project were examined porno.

Desk studies were done by the Human European Consultancy, as well as the valuations for Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Palestine, and Kazakhstan; while the evaluation of the mission and project in Nigeria was carried out by the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Human European Consultancy team came up with the in-depth terms of reference before the commencement of the missions. They also developed a comprehensive evaluation of the project. The assessment reports were put with the country reports and major contributions to the writing were also made from the leader of the Human European Consultancy project.

The missions to the countries were reported and their reports were put with the working documents for the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department, however, they are not accessible to the public.

It was discovered that the project has, in important ways, supported in realizing the goals of the Dutch Human Rights Strategy 2007. There were definite results that were realized which aided the safeguard of individuals involved in the protection of human rights. There was also significant regard for women and the LGBT community. There were equally fewer restrictions in expression and there was more freedom from brutality and torture.

The Netherlands has been seen to play major roles in issues concerning human rights. A relationship has been found to exist between the measure of assistance to human rights projects and the political struggles aimed at protecting these rights. In many cases, the efforts made politically affect the efficiency of the projects.

The issues which needed improvements are the sustainability of the projects and the technical value of the proposals.

Development cooperation between ECOWAS and the Netherlands

There are steps towards increased development cooperation between the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Kingdom of The Netherlands to get the most out of the existing affectionate relations for the advantage of the people of West Africa. On 9 June 2019, a meeting was held in Abuja, Nigeria to study areas of cooperation in matters relating to peace and security, agriculture, food security, regional trade, and so on.

Madam Finda Koroma, the ECOWAS Commission’s Vice President in dialogue with Ms. Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and International Cooperation, emphasised that a friendly, secure environment is needed for sustainable development.

According to her, ECOWAS is committed to partnering with The Netherlands to ensure co-prosperity and the achievement of peace, security and the stability of ECOWAS Member States. She also emphasised the important role that stakeholders like faith-based organisations and civil societies play in building solid partnerships to help resolve the complications arising from the engagement of the ecosystem Africans.

While giving an update on the economic and the political situation in some states, the Vice President stated that there was the need for a concerted effort in all fields and that raising a platform on nutrition needs a coordinated method to mediation.

Minister Kaag also echoed that the “prevention agenda” is necessary for ensuring the cooperation of peace and porno.

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Dutch government, Sigrid Kaag’s policy document ‘Investing in Perspective’ was presented on 18 May 2018. The presentation covers the reaction of the government to opportunities and how it tackles international challenges for the wellbeing of the Netherlands.

There are some vital changes in the Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation policy which include the following:
– Prioritisation of the place of girls and women.
– Change in the focus of development cooperation in favour of the unsteady regions in West Africa.
– Strengthening of international climate action.
– Setting up of Invest-NL, Trade & Innovate-NL and International Business to improve services to Dutch entrepreneurs and companies.
– Prioritising of start-ups and small medium enterprises within economic diplomacy.
– Increased responsibility to knowledge institutions and other private sectors to confront societal challenges.
– Utilisation of digitisation opportunities for sustainable growth.

The referenced areas mentioned are being handled in different grades within the DUPC programme and will continue that way, for instance, the development of new Graduate Professional Degree Programmes (GPDPs), the Water Accounting+ project, the Water Scarcity in the Middle East projects, Water Diplomacy and the new Water Peace Security Initiative.