KIT aims to improve health and ensure equitable social-economic development as much as promote intercultural cooperation with our partners worldwide. As we focus on results and empowering people our research, advice, training and education are creative, context specific and evidence-based. We are an innovative organization with more than 100 years of experience all over the world. A global host in our very own international knowledge hub in Amsterdam.

About us

Our mission is to enhance the positive impact of agencies, governments and corporations on sustainable development in low- and medium income countries. For that purpose, we refer to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s- the global development agenda) as general framework of action. We achieve this by generating evidence and applied knowledge for the practical…

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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 (at that time) 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,…

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