World Water Day 2022- Recording and report available!

On World Water Day, the 22nd of March, Stichting NICC and IHE organized a seminar on the past, present and future of groundwater management in light with this years World Water Days’ theme ‘Groundwater: making the invisible visible’. The recording of the seminar is available now. In addition, a report on the highlights of the seminar is available, to read you way through the seminar. This report includes some conclusions, takeaways, pictures and a description of the different presentations. Click on the image below to browse through the report.


Details on the organisations participating in the seminar.

A timeline covering the recent history of groundwater resources management and governance has been developed by Stichting NICC and was presented by Albert Tuinhof.

IGRAC as the international Groundwater Assessment Center explained the importance of the Groundwater Theme in 2022 and World Water Day.

Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface presented how groundwater is key to a resilient and sustainable future in the Netherlands.

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education presented the latest innovation using remote sensing in groundwater management. IHE Delft is leading worldwide in the development of tools using Remote Sensing for Water Accounting and Water Productivity.

Acacia is working with over 30 groundwater experts on safeguarding groundwater resources for future generations. Acacia gave a brief presentation of two cases of groundwater management using innovative tools.

Gender and Oral History – watch lectures!

The importance of listening to and sharing the stories of women. One of the methods to do so, which is also used in the NICC timelines, is oral history.

On 7 March, we invited two experts to share their knowledge about the value of oral history and to answer all your questions.

Marene Elgershuizen, historian with experience in oral history and advocating for women’s rights, introduced us to what oral history is and why it is a valuable method, particularly for collecting stories of women or minority groups.

Marina de Regt is professor in anthropology at the VU university discussed oral history from the perspective of feminist anthropology, which also lead us to discuss the role of oral history in international cooperation. 

Watch the recording here.

Meet-up Dutch-Kenyan international cooperation, Monday 28 February at 17:00 CET/19:00 EAT

“Meet-up Dutch-Kenyan international cooperation”

Stichting NICC is inviting you to an online meet-up about international cooperation between the Netherlands and Kenya that will take place on Monday 28 February at 17:00 CET/19:00 EAT. This meet-up brings together experts and young professionals from the Netherlands as well as Kenya to exchange knowledge and ideas about the history of Dutch-Kenyan development cooperation.

The mission of Stichting NICC is to make international cooperation more transparent and insightful, which we do by creating timelines. In the past, a timeline about Kenya has been created that presents an overview of the Dutch policy regarding cooperation with Kenya. Recently, a fresh group of volunteers from both countries started to expand this timeline, with a special focus on how these policies have impacted people in Kenya. These volunteers are researching the projects that were supported by the Dutch government in various fields, such as agriculture, water, or public health.

With this meet-up, we aim to bring into contact experts and young professionals from different backgrounds to share ideas about what should be included in this timeline. What were key moments in the history of Dutch-Kenyan development cooperation? What projects have been successful (or unsuccessful) and how have these impacted the Kenyan population? What experiences should not be forgotten?

If you want to attend this event, please register here and we will send you the Zoom link in due time.


The NICC Gender Timelines are online! 

On Monday, December 13, we launched the new NICC gender timelines. After more than 2 years of hard work, our great gender working group presented the first versions of a chronological and a topics timeline. During a Web-Table-Talk, the compilers gave insight into the process and which choices were made. We also showed the participants of this virtual meeting in an interactive session – with big steps because there is a lot to see – through the timelines and asked for their feedback.

The gender timelines form a nice overview of the development of a gender focus within Dutch international cooperation. It is a collection of information, policy documents and personal stories! The beautiful oral history interviews are an important and unique addition that bring the history of international cooperation to life!

Watch the meeting here and don’t forget to check out the timelines yourself!

Yemen, NL and water: event report

This physical event was in collaboration with SIB-Utrecht and took place on 23 November 2021 from 20.00 till 21.30 at Instituto Cervantes Utrecht.

The water supply and sanitation in Yemen is characterized by many challenges. Being one of the most water scarce countries in the world makes it difficult for Yemini citizens to access clean and safe drinking water or water for other purposes, such as agriculture. This has become even more difficult because of the current security situation in the country.

Yemen’s groundwater is the main source of water in the country, but the water tables have dropped severely, leaving the country without a viable source of water. Besides, the rainfall and the availability of water are unevenly distributed across the country.

The NICC Foundation worked on a timeline showing the history of water management in Yemen. What is the role of geographical factors with respect to water scarcity? How did political turmoil and multiple wars have its influence on the situation? And what role does the Netherlands play in the support for viable water resources in Yemen? What has been the added value of the worldwide leading Netherlands expertise in the use of satellite information? These questions were discussed by the NICC during our talk ‘Yemen, NL and Water: running out of Water Resources?’

The two speakers of the evening were Job Kleijn and Wim Bastiaanssen, two friends of the NICC Foundations and contributors to multiple timelines.

Slides shown at the event

Inspire and be inspired

Sharing influential sources in international cooperation 

On the 18th of October Stichting NICC hosted the first event of the series ‘Be Inspired’. During this event experts and young professionals were given the opportunity to connect and discuss their sources of inspiration.

The participants talked about what motivates them to work in international cooperation and what sources of inspiration are important.

One participant stressed how personal encounters were a big source of inspiration. He explained that meeting (young) people who are resourceful and in some way affected by your work makes it worthwhile and strives you to do better.

Other people discussed how global topics, like data sharing, climate change, feminism and human rights, motivates them to dedicate their work to international cooperation. At the same time it was clear that real change comes from bottom-up initiatives, showing the need to reflect and evolve as professionals in international cooperation.

The discussion was an inspiring start for a webpage on which NICC would like to share inspiring stories, persons, archive material, and small videos.

In the future, we strive to organise more events with the topic of inspiration as well.

Web Table Talk Egypt-The Netherlands water cooperation

On the 25th of May the NICC foundation hosted a web-table-talk about the Egypt – Netherlands water cooperation timeline: A summation of the 60+ years of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the Egyptian water sector.

The aim of the timeline is to provide a historical context to newcomers in the Egyptian water sector and anyone else who might be interested.

During this NICC web-table-talk we presented the concept timeline to create a dialogue on the timelines historical content and its significance with future challenges in mind.

Additionally, the web-table-talk provided an unique discussion platform to connect past and present water sector experts with the experts of the future.  

The speakers of the event were Mostafa Ahmed Farouk, Mohamed Magdy Abdelwahab, Sherine Elwatter, Perihane Allam, Wouter Wolters, and Ebel Smidt. 

You can watch the recording of this event here

Update 7 July: the latest version of the Egypt-NL-Water timeline has been posted online

Fair Trade Timeline online

On the day that multiple fair trade organisations ask attention for the importance of fair trade for sustainable development, NICC publishes a timeline on the history of this fair trade movement and the involvement of Dutch organisations in this movement. The timeline is based on various items from the NICC collection, several online sources, and discussions with resource persons. The timeline is still a ‘work in progress’. We would like to further enhance the timeline, especially by adding first-hand experiences of experts in the field of fair trade. If you want to share your knowledge and/or pictures and videos, please send an email to: If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to reach out.

You can view the timeline by clicking on this link:

Fair Trade Week

Every second Saturday of May is World Fair Trade Day, the start of the International Fair Trade Week. NEWS!, the umbrella organization for European worldshops, established the European World Shop Day in 1996 as a Europe-wide day of campaigning for a particular issue. This initiative was taken up by IFAT, the International Federation for Alternative Trade, which is currently the World Fair Trade Organization. IFAT organised the first World Fair Trade Day on 4 May 2002.

Web Table Talk on Urban Water Supply and Sanitation

The role of ‘water tools’ in urban water and sanitation facilities was the main topic during the NICC-Web- Table-Talk held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The recording of this is available here online.

The NICC – Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Web-Table-Talk revers to the NICC Urban RSS timeline.

The timeline provides an overview of key governance and management developments and the game changers of urban water utilities over the past 75 years.  How have owners, regulators and customers changed? How have urban water utilities in developing countries responded? The aim of this webinar is to discuss how lessons from the past can help in addressing future challenges in managing urban water supply and sanitation. Stichting NICC invites participants to reflect on the design and usefulness of the timeline and on how lessons learned from the past can help us in avoiding mistakes and improving performance.

The NICC – Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Web-Table-Talk was hosted by the NICC Foundation, presented by the timeline creators: Ad Sannen, Jan Willem Overbeek and Maarten Blokland. Moderated by Esther van Loon. The timeline can be found here

Web Table Talk: Water, satellite data and games

Achieving food security while sustainably using water resources is an important challenge today and in the future. WaPOR, FAO’s portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open-access of Remotely sensed derived data, gives users access to a wide variety of near-real-time satellite data on water productivity. This data can be used to design strategies to increase water productivity and farmers’ resilience to drought while respecting the environment and making equitable use of water resources.

The NICC Foundation organized 29-03-2021 an interactive panel discussion about how this data can be used and what this could mean for the future of water management, agriculture and sustainable development. The speakers of the panel were prof. Wim Bastiaanssen of Earth Observations for Water Resources Management and entrepreneur. Founder of IrriWatch, Hans van ‘t Woud, CEO of BlackShore solving world problems using the power of the crowd, satellites and the game Cerberus – both using WaPOR – and Job Kleijn, a former diplomat in water affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and one of the initiators.

Watch the recording of this NICC-Table-Talk on WaPOR

WaPOR is also mentioned in the timelines on ‘Groundwater Resources’ and ‘Yemen, NL and Water .