KIT Royal Tropical Institute is an independent centre of expertise, education, business and hospitality dedicated to sustainable  development. Based on a national heritage site in Amsterdam, KIT focuses on key areas where it can make a difference: healthcare, gender issues and agriculture.  

About us

KIT’s mission is to enhance the positive impact of agencies, governments and
corporations on sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries.
Using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as a general framework for action, we translate practice into global knowledge and bring global knowledge to inform best practices. The knowledge we generate is disseminated through advisory…

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Governance and Management

KIT has the statutory form of an association with private and corporate members. The governing bodies of the association are: the Council of Members, the Board of Directors and the (single-headed) Executive Board. The Institute also has an Advisory Board, consisting of leading international experts in its fields of operation.

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KIT was founded in 1910 as the ‘Colonial Institute’ to study the tropics and to promote trade and industry in the colonial territories of the Netherlands. It was founded on the initiative of a number of large companies, with government support, making it an early example of a public-private partnership.

Since 1926, KIT has been…

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