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 and campus for the exchange of knowledge and intercultural cooperation.

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.