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 equitable and sustainable societies. 

Our work focuses on health care, gender, economic development and intercultural cooperation. We also organise unique conferences and events in our historic building—creating them with sustainable partnerships, suppliers, materials, products and catering.

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 rights, agricultural innovation, food value-chains, gender relations, and inclusive finance. The knowledge we generate is disseminated through assessment & 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 conferences 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 the SDG House, a space where people who work on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations meet, exchange ideas and collaborate. The SDG House is the hot-spot in Amsterdam for sustainability events and creating valuable connections. The resident community includes more than 50 companies, entrepreneurs, and NGO’s, as well as an office of The Netherlands National SDG Coordinator. All 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 and organic product development and more.

KIT Royal Tropical Institute is constantly evolving, and today stands as a beacon to those seeking innovation, education and collaboration through sustainable development