he Netherlands has nurtureda productive partnership with the Asian DevelopmentBank (ADB), providing financialsupport for a number of priority development areas, includinginfrastructure development andeducational improvements inIndonesia, educational reformsin Bangladesh, and water-relatedinfrastructure around Asia andthe Pacific.Working through the UnitedNations and InternationalFinancial Institutions Departmentin the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,the Netherlands now prioritizesassistance in Asia for Afghanistan,Bangladesh, Indonesia, and VietNam, after consolidation of itsdevelopment focus in 2011.It also focuses on four“spearhead” areas in which theNetherlands can offer special value to development: legalorder, water, food security, andsexual and reproductive healthand rights.These present significantopportunity for cooperation with ADB, which, through its overallstrategic framework, Strategy 2020, puts its core operationalfocus on infrastructure,environment, regionalcooperation and integration,finance sector development,and education.As part of the consolidationof its development focus, theNetherlands in 2011 reducedlevels of official developmentassistance to 0.7%, theacknowledged target for global aiddonors, from 0.82% in 2010. Yet,it remains part of a small group of generous donors that meetthis target.
See pages 8–9 for priority countriesin Asia and highlights of assistance.See tables, pages 10–11, forcofinancing with ADB.
Supporting Infrastructurein Indonesia
In Indonesia, the Netherlandshas provided grant fundingtotaling more than $72 millionfor seven projects within the lastdecade, including in the areasof education, infrastructure, and water resources.Most recently, this includeda $7.56 million grant for theInfrastructure Reform SectorDevelopment Program, begunin 2006.The large and long-terminitiative is implementing reformsin several areas—includingincreasing access to infrastructureservices and improving policies,
The Netherlands now prioritizes assistance in Asia for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Viet Nam