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 services, research, teaching, training, dialogue and discussion. Our landmark, historic premises in Amsterdam serve as a forum  for the exchange of knowledge and intercultural cooperation.


KIT’s leadership is guided by a set of values that define our relationship with clients, partners, employees and the community in which we operate. They are Sustainability, Inclusiveness, Transparency and Independence.

All our decisions and operations are guided by sustainability. By sustainability we mean development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and therefore takes a long term perspective.

At KIT we empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all people. Our approach to sustainable development is also founded on the principle of inclusion. Our experience shows that in any change process, all actors need to be consulted and included from the outset in order for progress to be sustained.

Our organisation is guided by transparency. We strive to exchange all information required for successful collaboration, decision-making and accountability.

KIT is independent. We act according to our own values and judgement, not coloured by religion, politics, ethnicity or the influence of any group or class.

Facts and figures

  • KIT is a non-profit association with members from the public, private and non-profit sectors and individuals.
  • KIT was founded in 1910 by businesses and government as the national centre of expertise for the study of the Tropics.
  • Today KIT employs 130 people and has annual turnover of €30 million.
  • Her Royal Highness Queen Maxima has been our patron since 2004.
  • In 2013, with the withdrawal of public funding, KIT became fully independent and self-financed.

KIT’s Expertise areas

Sustainable Economic Development 

KIT Sustainable Economic Development generates and shares applied knowledge derived from practice to improve the performance of companies and organisations that pursue sustainable and inclusive agricultural development.


KIT Gender is an international team of gender specialists that focuses on gender aspects of health and social and economic development. Expertise: gender rights, integration, capacity development and action research.


KIT Health focuses on improving the quality of healthcare in developing countries through research, analysis, research, project design and management, training and postgraduate healthcare education. KIT is a recognised The World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for the training, retention and motivation of workers in the healthcare sector.

Intercultural Professionals
KIT Intercultural Professionals provides expertise for international success through advice and training on doing business and living in other cultures. Clients include individuals and whole management teams.