Publication / 8 November 2013

The Dutch Good Growth Fund: who profits from development cooperation?

In this report researchers from Action Aid, Both ENDS and SOMO take a close look at who will profit from the Dutch Good Growth Funds, comprising € 750 million for (Dutch) companies to invest in developing countries. The aim of the Fund is to connect trade and aid, but the question remains if the local population in these countries will benefit from it.


The report shows that there are no sufficient guarantees for sustainability and poverty reduction and that the Fund and the way it operates is very similar to the tied aid which was common practice in the seventies, but which is now generally seen as very ineffective and undesirable. The report  “The Dutch Good Growth Fund: Who Profits from development cooperation?” concludes with a number of practical recommendations to the Dutch parliament and the government.







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