Menu

Projects and Partners

The Broker works together with clients and partners dedicated to creating a more peaceful, sustainable and inclusive world. These could be national governments, international organisations, universities, NGOs, trade unions as well as corporations with CSR targets. These joint efforts can be realised in various ways. From setting up programmes together to executing specific commissions, such as building web environments or conducting consultations.

  

Below you can find an impression of current projects and partnerships that The Broker is actively involved in:

  

INCLUDE, the knowledge platform on inclusive development policies

The Broker is actively involved in INCLUDE, the knowledge platform on inclusive development policies. The platform is one of five knowledge platforms initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contribute to knowledge and effective policies in the Netherlands, other donor countries and developing countries. INCLUDE brings together researchers from African countries and the Netherlands who work with the private sector, NGOs and governments to exchange information and ideas on how to achieve better research-policy linkages on economic transformation and inclusive development. The Broker is a member of a consortium together with the African Studies Centre (ASC), the African Economic Research Council (AERC) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS/EUR). That consortium makes up the secretariat of INCLUDE. The Broker’s involvement includes consultations of experts, writing synthesis articles and developing the web environment.

  

Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The Broker is actively involved in the Food & Business knowledge platform. The platform is one of five knowledge platforms initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contribute to knowledge and effective policies in the Netherlands, other donor countries and developing countries. The Food & Business knowledge platform (F&BKP) aims to facilitate a better understanding of how food systems work and how they can be strengthened. By developing a more focused knowledge agenda, the platform seeks to nourish practices and policies with solutions and business opportunities for sustainable food and nutrition security. The Broker is a member of a consortium together with AgriProFocus and the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI, Wageningen UR), which administers the secretariat of the Food & Business knowledge platform. The Broker’s involvement includes consultations of experts, writing synthesis articles and developing the web environment.

  

Knowledge platform Security & Rule of Law

The Broker assists the knowledge platform Security & Rule of Law. The platform is one of five knowledge platforms initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contribute to knowledge and effective policies in the Netherlands, other donor countries and developing countries. The platform brings together a network of relevant communities of practice comprising experts, policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and the business sector on the topic of security and rule of law in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. The secretariat of knowledge platform Security & Rule of Law is administered by Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Affairs, and The Hague Institute of Global Justice. The Broker’s involvement includes consultations, organising and maintaining a web environment where articles and reports can be downloaded, the online moderation of debates and making policy recommendations.

  

VIA Water

The Broker supports the VIA Water knowledge platform with its website and content development. The platform is one of five knowledge platforms initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contribute to knowledge and effective policies in the Netherlands, other donor countries and developing countries. VIA Water is a programme that aims to identify innovative solutions for water problems facing cities in seven African countries: Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and South Sudan.

  

Knowledgeplatforms.nl

The Broker, as partner of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has built and administers a website that serves as an umbrella for five knowledge platforms. These knowledge platforms are an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contribute to knowledge and effective policies in the Netherlands, other donor countries and developing countries.

  

Conference on precarious work

The Broker wrote the background document for the conference on precarious work that Mondiaal FNV organised in the fall of 2014. One of our senior staff members gave the introductory remarks.

  

  
INCLUDE Platform

Consultation on inclusive Growth

The consultation on promoting inclusiveness in the Dutch policy agenda for trade and international cooperation was conducted by The Broker and the INCLUDE knowledge platform in co-operation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This consultation served as a preparation for the policy letter that minister Ploumen will send to the lower house of parliament this fall. A wide variety of researchers, development practitioners and policy-makers, who were pooled from the networks of the five knowledge platforms, were asked to write short contributions, which were published on the INCLUDE website. The Broker provided two closing synthesisarticles.

  

Expert meeting ‘Migration And Care Workers’

For the NGO Wemos we are preparing an expert meeting about the labour migration of care workers to and within Europe (from Africa, Asia, and increasingly from southern and eastern Europe). The focus will be on the positive and negative implications of labour migration. In preparation of the meeting, The Broker will write an article including a context analysis. The Broker will assist the expert meeting in terms of content, as well as formulate policy recommendations based on the meeting.

  

Dossier on boosting employment in African small and medium enterprises

For the NGO ‘Woord en Daad’, The Broker made a dossier on the role of small- and medium-sized enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. In the process we consulted over 25 experts. Read The Broker report, Small But Powerful.

  
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

   
IFC World Bank

Expert meeting with IFC

In the spring of 2014, The Broker organised, together with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an expert meeting with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank. The central question was, how IFC’s investments could contribute to the creation of more jobs in developing countries. The findings in The Broker’s Employment dossier were used at the meeting.

  

Expert meeting ‘Circular Economy’

The Broker was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to organise an expert meeting in the fall of 2014 on the question of how the circular economy could be placed on the international agenda. The Broker produced a preparatory dossier, organised  and moderated the meeting, and wrote a report. The meeting was attended by more than a dozen experts from the government, the business community and NGOs.