About us

KIT Royal Tropical Institute is an independent centre of expertise and education for sustainable development. We assist governments, NGOs and private corporations around the world to build inclusive and sustainable societies, informing best practices and measuring their impact. Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, our work focuses on health, gender, economic development and intercultural cooperation.

Our campus in Amsterdam houses a training centre for students and professionals, and is the home of SDG House: a community of sustainability experts and social entrepreneurs with a membership of 50+ organisations. KIT owns and operates Amsterdam Tropen Hotel, De Tropen café and restaurant, and offers office and conference facilities in our heritage building, the revenues of which contribute to KIT’s mission.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, our experts’ work focuses on producing measurable, independent results. More than 80 expert staff work across disciplines including public health systems, epidemiology, sexual and reproductive health and rights, agricultural innovation, food value-chains, gender relations, and inclusive finance. The knowledge we generate is disseminated through assessment and advisory services, research, teaching, training, and agenda-setting events.

Education centre

KIT also houses an education centre with masters’ programmes and advanced courses for health professionals—all aimed at strengthening health systems around the world. The courses are offered in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Hospitality facilities

At the same time, the organisation’s building and premises support sustainable development through the Amsterdam Tropen Hotel and De Tropen café-restaurant. KIT also offers state-of-the-art conference and events facilities for up to 900 guests in its monumental building: Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen. KIT contributes the proceeds from these activities to projects that create a more sustainable world—part of its ethos of profit-for-sustainability.

SDG House

Since 2017, KIT’s premises have included SDG House, a resident community of more than 50 entrepreneurs, NGOs and other organisations that work towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG House is the hotspot in Amsterdam for sustainability events and entrepreneurship, convening people who share the common purpose of achieving the SDGs through a diverse range of work and activity covering urban development, impact investments, inclusive finance, fair trade, organic product development and more.