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 implementation of socio-economic change, working in partnerships. Our knowledge is disseminated by advising, teaching, convening and publishing. Our heritage of the historical premises in Amsterdam serves as a global host and an international knowledge campus, which aspires to promote intercultural cooperation.

Valued by clients

From the feedback received from partners and clients of KIT, it is apparent that a thorough knowledge of the local context in relation to healthcare, sustainable development and biomedical research in low- and middle-income countries is both necessary and highly valued. KIT helps its clients to become more effective at realising their specific objectives.

Formal facts and figures

  • KIT is officially registered as a society comprising both individual and institutional members.
  • KIT currently employs a staff of 160 and generates an annual turnover of approx. €20million.
  • Her Royal Highness Queen Maxima has been patron of the institute since December 2004. In the past, both Prince Bernhard and Prince Claus have fulfilled the roles of honorary chairman.
  • KIT was set up in 1910 as a ‘Colonial Institute’ for the study of the Tropics and the promotion of trade and industry in the former colonies. Its foundation was the result of an initiative by a number of large business enterprises in conjunction with the government: an early example of public and private sector cooperation. Since 1926, KIT has been located in the historical building on the Mauritskade/Linnaeusstraat in Amsterdam.

KIT’s Business practices

KIT Sustainable Economic Development & Gender
KIT Sustainable Economic Development & Gender is specialised in sustainable and inclusive development and the fight against poverty. The unit engages in practical research, provides advice and training, and facilitates capacity building. This business unit also fulfils an important role for companies who wish to make their economic activities more efficient and sustainable, partly with a view to improving income levels among the very poor. KIT also has a specific advisory group, KIT Gender, that deals with issues relating to women’s rights and their place in economic development in LMIC.

KIT Health
The aim of KIT Health is to improve access to healthcare systems in developing countries. KIT Health provides consultancy services to governments in many countries all over the world. This unit also runs a number of educational programmes in Amsterdam (e.g. Master of International Health) and courses in the area of international healthcare. Together with the University of Amsterdam, KIT Health is responsible for the specialised course in Tropical Medicine. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises KIT as the WHO Collaborating Centre for the training, retention and motivation of workers in the healthcare sector.

KIT Intercultural Professionals
KIT has its own advice and training unit, which is specialised in providing training and advice on conducting business and/or living in other cultures. KIT Intercultural Professionals provides advice and training to a wide range of clients varying from individuals to management teams.

Unique premises
KIT is the owner of the historical building on the Mauritskade/Linnaeusstraat where a number of the KIT departments and Tropenmuseum are housed. As a result of recent reorganisation at KIT, 6000m2 office space and congress and hotel facilities have become available for use by third parties. One of the many options is the possible development of the location as a hub for international sustainable cooperation; a place where companies and organisations, including the research and consultancy departments at KIT, would be able to pool their resources in the areas of sustainable international and intercultural development.