NICC regularly brings an item from its collection into the spotlight. We do not have any information about some of the pieces and we call on you to tell the corresponding story. You can do this by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not so long ago we interviewed former Minister of Development Cooperation Agnes van Ardenne. Part of the interview was about a project in Benin to increase the number of girls going to school. A little later it turned out that we have a poster of that project in our collection.
Because it is the International Day of Women, we want to put this DVD that we have in our collection (from the archives of Foreign Affairs) in the spotlight today. A 1985 documentary by DD Film Productions about women in the coconut fiber industry in Sri Lanka who do the hardest work in there (such as collecting soaked coconuts from stinking mud puddles and beating fibers to death with sticks). The importance of their income for their families and the local economy is underestimated. Fortunately, a lot has changed since then. Or not?
Sometimes we find objects in our archive whose origin we cannot trace. Who knows the story behind this Heineken figurine?
Oncho stands for the African Program for Onchoceriasis Control. This programme was implemented by the World Health Organization and supported national governments, NGOs and companies in combating river blindness. The Netherlands has been a donor since the programme began (in the late 1980s) and received this image as a gift in recognition.
The statuette shows a blind man with a stick, accompanied by a boy. There are 6 copies of these statuettes made in real size. They have been placed at the offices of various programme partners. There is a copy at the programme headquarters in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), at the World Bank in Washington (United States), at the World Health Organization in Geneva (Switzerland), at Merck in Kenilworth (United States), and at the Christopher Blind Mission in Bensheim (Germany).