February 17, 2015 — IFC and the World Bank held a series of policy meetings last week with the Dutch where they agreed on strengthening their partnership by engaging in strategic priorities, finding new ways of working together, and exploring the implications of our partnership in light of the recent organizational changes within the World Bank Group.
The meetings, which followed high-level strategic consultations held in September 2013, explored further engagement in four key mutual strategic priorities: agriculture and food security; fragility, conflict and violence; water; and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
In the water sector, the discussion highlighted opportunities on how to engage the private sector for improved water resource management. Priorities include robust water sector governance, water sector financing, utility reform, and lowland development. A joint agri-food security partnership was also discussed that would focus on value chains, climate smart agriculture, and safety & nutrition. The Dutch may also support gender activities through a private sector window of the Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality.
The Dutch delegation was led by Koen Davidse, Director of the Multilateral Organizations and Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and also included representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Wageningen University, and the Dutch Embassies in Washington, D.C. and Cotonou, Benin.
“We had very fruitful discussions and explored key areas of importance for us and the WBG,” Davidse said. “We hope to promote the one World Bank Group approach and to work in close partnership with the private sector, civil society, and knowledge institutions in development, including from the Netherlands.”A meeting on Financing for Development was also held to brainstorm on the broader policy and international development agendas post-2015. “The WBG is crucial for enabling the new Sustainable Development Goals through its knowledge and through creative solutions for Financing for Development,” Davidse said.
“The collaboration between the Netherlands and the World Bank Group is unique, and already has a strong record of including knowledge as well as finance,” said Anita Bhatia, Director of Development Partner Relations, “We look forward to further strengthening this partnership and using lessons from the Dutch model in on our relationships with existing and new partners.”
For more information, contact Meera Louis, Development Partner Relations.