Sustainable Economic Development

As a knowledge institute, KIT Royal Tropical Institute compiles, analyses and develops new knowledge on sustainable economic development, and supports others in making active use of such knowledge. We conduct significant front-runner research on rising global issues such as food security, youth employment, value chain development in the agricultural sector, and financial inclusion. 

This enables us to broker grounded and actionable knowledge as advice to public and private sector organisations seeking to improve the impact of their economic development activities. It also enables us to bring together different development actors and facilitate knowledge exchange to support collaboration and innovation.


The combination of our team’s content expertise and process-related skills not only leads to better projects, it also builds competencies in project design, implementation and management. We build on our clients’ own resources and knowledge, mission and values and ensure that our advice is aligned with existing initiatives, has policy relevance, and is adapted to the local context. With extensive experience and practical involvement in projects and programmes worldwide, we can tailor our support to your needs, the context you are working in and the partners you are working with. Our approach is practical and based on action learning.

We operate at the intersection of theory and practice and between policy and implementation, translating good intentions into meaningful social and economic impact. Our professional staff combine expertise in specific content areas with the ability to offer a diverse suite of advisory services, including policy and programme design and implementation, evaluation and impact assessment, capacity building through coaching, and knowledge management. This experience enables our advisors to navigate sustainable change processes and identify elements that can make a difference in development programme performance. We help governments, organisations and businesses to learn from their experiences, improve practice, and maximize the impact of their interventions.

Agricultural Innovation

At KIT Royal Tropical Institute, our expertise in research, training, and teaching helps create novel solutions for agricultural problems. 

Inclusive Food Systems

At KIT Royal Tropical Institute, we specialise in improving the understanding of the ways in which agriculture and health contribute to better nutrition outcomes.

Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship

At KIT Royal Tropical Institute, we create new incentives and opportunities for youth employment and entrepreneurship in rural economies.

Gender & Agriculture

KIT Royal Tropical Institute combines expertise in gender and agriculture to address gender-based inequalities in the agricultural sector, while looking specifically at the men and women ‘left behind’ in agricultural development research, policy and practice.

Financial Inclusion

At KIT Royal Tropical Institute we promote financial inclusion in both the private and public sectors.

We support development finance institutions, commercial banks, funds, and impact investors to shape their offerings and value proposition for women, youth and smallholders.

Private Sector Development

We support the private sector to do business better in developing countries. We help businesses to thrive through improved efficiency in their respective value chains and by giving due attention to the social and environmental impact of their activities.