There are five knowledge platforms, four of which are concerned with the main themes of Dutch policy on international cooperation, namely food security, water, security and the rule of law, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The fifth platform is concerned with how economic growth in Africa can be made more inclusive and sustainable.

The participants in a platform identify research questions relating to the theme of the platform, draw up a joint research agenda, map the available knowledge and ensure that the knowledge is used. The research is contracted out through the national research council NWO/WOTRO. Lastly the platforms feed the results of research and the knowledge gathered back to policy-makers and to practitioners involved in aid, trade and investment.


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