Water Management a Keystone of Dutch Foreign Policy

The Oosterscheldekering storm surge barrier, Burgh-Haamstede, the Netherlands, Feb. 11, 2011 (photo by Flickr user vtveen, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license).
The Oosterscheldekering storm surge barrier, Burgh-Haamstede, the Netherlands, Feb. 11, 2011 (photo by Flickr user vtveen, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license).

In September, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte offered assistance to Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on water management after a dike was breached, forcing over 700,000 Pakistanis to flee their homes. In an email interview, Mariska Heijs, training and research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael,” discussed the Netherlands’ water management diplomacy. WPR: How prominently does water management diplomacy fit into the Netherlands’ wider foreign aid and development policies, and what expertise does the Netherlands offer? Mariska Heijs: Water is one of the four themes of the Netherlands’ foreign aid and development policy, alongside security and […]

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