The NICC Foundation has started a new project on ‘Global Citizenship’.

In this rapidly globalizing society, it’s more and more important to build a sense of international belonging. Since 1970 the ‘NCDO Foundation’ and its predecessors have been working to promote the Dutch involvement in sustainable global development.

Sharing knowledge, citizen participation and innovation form a common thread throughout this long history. Although the foundation has ended its executive functions, global citizenship is still a highly relevant topic, and so is the need to promote it. In this new project NICC will construct a timeline on the history of Global Citizenship as a concept in which the complete history of NCDO will be included.  
Besides the history of NCDO, topics that are also important to the subject of global citizenship are themes such as globalization, sustainability, global involvement, equality and sustainable development. By looking at the history of these concepts and how organizations in the Netherlands have been using global citizenship to deal
with these issues, we want to create a concise timeline that can be used by anyone who is interested in the history of global citizenship.  

Work on the timeline has just recently started and NICC is still in the process of creating a workgroup for this project. By combining the interests of young professionals with the knowledge of experts in the field of global citizenship we hope to encourage an interactive network in which anyone interested in the topic is welcome to do their own research and work together to create this timeline.  We are still looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work with us on the timeline. If you are interested in the subject or would like to share your knowledge, contact us via!

Bangladesh Timelines online

During a Web-Table-Talk NICC published the first versions of two new timelines on the inspiring history of more than 50 years of international cooperation between Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

A chronological timeline has been made to depict the cooperation through the years and a topical timeline has been made to distinguish between subjects such as: water, gender and economy. The purpose of these timelines is to provide context for the cooperation between Bangladesh and the Netherlands in order to make these examples of international cooperation and sustainable development more understandable and transparent.

Links to the timelines:

50 + years of Bangladesh & The Netherlands Cooperation chronological

50 + years of Bangladesh & The Netherlands Cooperation Topics

50 + years of Bangladesh & The Netherlands Cooperation Water

During the Web-Table-Talk on 17-10-2022 the creators of the timeline described the intention and methods used in creating the timelines. The recording of this event.

The timelines are based on material from the NICC-collection, online sources, private collections and discussions with resource persons. The timelines are living documents that can be changed and to which additions can be made depending on the needs of users.

Feminist foreign policy added to timeline Gender

The Dutch government is going to adopt a feminist foreign policy. This will ensure that the perspectives of women and girls are better represented. The NICC had added this development to the Gender timeline.

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2022: Dutch feminist foreign policy

NICC Gender timeline

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