IOB’s multi-annual research plan can be found below.
Multi-annual planYear of completion of planned studies
An IOB evaluation of the technological aid for trade policy and regulations emanating from the Netherlands during the period 2007-2014. This aid falls under Aid for Trade, which stimulates further integration of developing countries in the world trade system.
Food security was one of the four main themes of Dutch development policy in the period 2012-2015. The ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs collaborate on this policy theme. IOB is evaluating this policy, via, for example, impact evaluations in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Bangladesh. This policy review is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
To what extent have contributions from the Netherlands to water policy in developing countries been effective, efficient, relevant and sustainable? IOB is evaluating this policy in order to ascertain the impact of the EUR 700 million expended on water management activities in developing countries between 2006 and 2015.
Evaluation of Dutch consular services and regulation of free movement of persons
Evaluation of the Relief Fund, Disaster Risk Reduction Fund and Early Recovery Fund
Synthesis study development and migration
Synthesis study evaluability climate adaptation
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.
The Reconstruction Fund and the Strategic Partnerships Chronic Crises are instruments under the policy priority Security and Rule of Law. Both funds are managed by the Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid Department (DSH). The evaluation of these two funds focuses on policy development, the process of financing through tender procedures and the results of the financed projects. The evaluation also investigates how lessons learnt from the tender procedures were used during the tender procedure of the Addressing Root Causes (ARC) fund, the successor of the WO-fund and SPCC. Part of this research are case studies in South Sudan, Burundi and Ethiopia.
This study is investigating which instruments donors have at their disposal for eliminating income inequality and which the Netherlands could deploy.
Evaluation of Dutch economic diplomacy
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.
Policy review of disarmament, arms control, non-proliferation and a transparant and responsible arms export policy
The Netherland hosts 39 international organisations, located mostly in The Hague. These organisations include international courts and tribunals like the International Criminal Court, European institutions and other international law organisations, like the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. IOB has commissioned consultancy firm APE (Aarts Public Economics bv) to carry out an evaluation of the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attract new international organisations and to assess host country policies for resident organisations. Other actors that are relevant for the implementation of host country policies will be included in the research as well.
Evaluation of policy for sustainable trade and investments in three countries
Policy review of consular services and promotion of Dutch values and interests
Policy review of drinking water and sanitation
Evaluation of Dutch efforts via EU and NATO
Evaluation of international combat against terrorism
Evaluation of the CSDP/ESDP (Common Security and Defence Policy/European Security and Defence Policy)
Evaluation of partnerships as an instrument
Evaluation of Relief Fund and DRA (Dutch Relief Alliance)