Bridging the Gaps applauds strategic partnerships pursued by Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

Published: October 17, 2013

 Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation submitted a new policy document ‘What the world deserves’ to the Dutch Parliament regarding the Dutch vision on the international development agenda after 2015. In a recent letter to the Parliament, she goes more deeply into the future role of civil society organisations. This letter will be discussed in the Dutch Parliament today (Thursday 17 October).

Less budget, more strategic partnerships
Bridging the Gaps regrets that the budget to support civil society will be reduced by half. On the other hand, we are very positive about the 25 strategic partnerships that the Minister wants to pursue in the period 2016 -2020. We are proud that Bridging the Gaps is mentioned in her letter as a strong international knowledge network that is very effective in influencing local and national decision makers. We look forward to further build on the results of our programme and hope to continue the positive collaboration with the Dutch Ministry in the coming years.
First results presented to the Dutch Parliament
The first results of Bridging the Gaps have been collected in our publication ‘Universal Access? Not without Rights!’. This publication has been offered to the Dutch Parliament on Thursday 10 October. Ton Coenen (Aids Fonds), Machteld Busz (Mainline) and Koen van Dijk (COC) presented some of the achievements and challenges of the programme to a number of Parliamentarians from different political parties: Ingrid de Caluwé (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy), Roelof van Laar (Labour Party) and Eric Smaling (Socialist Party). The meeting was to-the point with critical and interested questions from the parliamentarians.
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