IOB’s multi-annual research plan can be found below.
Multi-annual planYear of completion of planned studies
This evaluation analyses to what extent the Dutch policy on international corporate social responsibility (ICSR) achieved its intended results. The focus is on enhancing due diligence by (Dutch) companies in line with the OECD Guidelines on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We will review the realisation and effects of sector covenants, frameworks for private-sector development policies, frameworks for procurement by the government, guidelines for embassies, international cooperation and the development and enforcement of legislation in this area. The evaluation also includes country studies that explore the policy’s impact in Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia and India. Part of this evaluation is also a separate evaluation of the Netherlands' National Contact Point (NCP) OECD Guidelines 2012-2018.
The policy evaluation covers objectives 2.5 and 3.2 of the Budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It deals with the Dutch contribution to an effective, efficient and coherent EU foreign policy. The policy evaluation focuses on the European Neighbourhood Policy, by means of which the Union aims to promote stability, security and prosperity in its neighbouring countries.
Evaluation of policy for sustainable trade and investments in three countries
Evaluation of the CSDP/ESDP (Common Security and Defence Policy/European Security and Defence Policy)
The Netherlands and the EU are at a crossroads with respect to the focus of their security and defence policies and are facing new strategic choices. Therefore the independent Policy and Operations Evaluations Department (IOB) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs started an evaluation with regard to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) covering the period from 2013-2019. The objective of this research is to map the challenges the Netherlands has faced and to derive lessons from them. The evaluation is part of an overall evaluation of section 2, ‘Security and Stability’, of the budget of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.