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Programmes and alliances

Given its diverse and strong network of members, NWP is a partner in several Dutch Government programmes for the Dutch water sector.

Partners for Water programme

The Partners for Water Programme 2016-2021, jointly implemented by NWP and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl), supports and promotes the Dutch water sector in urban deltas and catchment areas. Rapid urbanisation is putting pressure on these regions’ food, water and energy production chains. The Dutch water sector can play a significant role in mitigating the effects of this pressure.

NWP organises special interest Country Platforms for the Partners for Water Programme. For more information on the Partners for Water Programme, visit its website (in Dutch only).

Water Support Programme

The Water Support Programme is an advisory programme established by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) and NWP. Through the Programme, the Dutch Government supports Netherlands embassies in 11 partner countries to implement water programmes. Read more

YEP Programmes

The Young Expert Programmes (YEP Programmes) consists of the YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made. These programmes offer young Dutch professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad and young local professionals the opportunity to gain work experience in an international environment through Dutch organisations. The Young Experts receive intensive training and coaching as part of the learning agility approach.

Over 480 Young Experts have kickstarted their international careers through YEP Programmes in 41 countries. Over ninety percent of the 250 YEP alumni are now continuing their careers in the YEP sectors. Read more about YEP Programmes.


Kenya Innovative Finance Facility for Water (KIFFWA) co-develops water initiatives in Kenya. It provides early-stage capital, finance and technical expertise to support the creation of viable water investment opportunities and attracts private sources of funding. KIFFWA was established by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Nairobi and NWP. Read all about KIFFWA.

Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR-Team)

Climate change and the rapidly increasing world population are leaving many countries in urgent need of expert advice on disaster prevention or disaster recovery. The Dutch Government initiated the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR-Team) to respond swiftly to these needs. RVO.nl and NWP jointly implement the programme.

If you have expertise relevant to the DRR-Team, check out the website

Dutch Surge Support (DSS water)

The Dutch Surge Support facility (DSS water) supports the operations of humanitarian organisations during and immediately after a disaster by deploying experienced water experts. DSS water is a joint initiative of the Dutch Government and the Netherlands Red Cross and is implemented in collaboration with NWP. 

Check out the website if you have expertise relevant to the Dutch Surge Support.  

Topsector Water & Maritiem 

Topsector Water & Maritiem works to solve the water challenges that stand in the way of increasing prosperity. Its international division promotes the Dutch water and maritime sector’s export and business opportunities. To this end, its representatives attend several important international trade fairs and outgoing missions, and it supports the further involvement of the Dutch water sector at these trade fairs and missions. NWP is the executor of Topsector Water & Maritiem’s international division Secretariat.

Besides the International Division, NWP is a partner of the TKI (Top Consortium for Knowledge and Innovation) Water Technology cluster of Topsector Water & Maritiem. Read more about the Topsector Water & Maritiem.

Nutrient Platform

The Nutrient Platform is a cross-sectoral network of Dutch organisations that believe in a pragmatic approach towards nutrient recycling. Since there is no alternative for phosphorus, there is an urgent need to recover it from ‘waste’ streams, recycle it and use it more sustainably. The Nutrient Platform unites water, agriculture, waste and chemistry with the government, knowledge institutes and NGOs to achieve this goal. Read more about the Nutrient Platform.


More Dutch entrepreneurs doing more business in more foreign markets. NLinBusiness supports Dutch companies who wish to expand internationally with practical and inspirational information about international business, including market reports and valuable tips from entrepreneurs, workshops and network events. NLinBusiness is currently building a network of NL Business Hubs, a strong ecosystem of Dutch companies and local service providers in selected Cities of Opportunity. These hubs intent to enable organisations to quickly find the right people around them so that conducting international business becomes as easy as doing business in the Netherlands.

NLinBusiness is an initiative of the Confederation of Dutch Business (VNO-NCW & MKB-Nederland) in partnership with the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Economic Affairs, and in close cooperation with employers’ federations FME, evofenedex and Koninklijke Metaalunie. Read more about NLinBusiness.  

West-African Coastal Areas Management (WACA) Program

The West-African coast is facing a range of issues, both natural and man-made, such as coastal erosion, floods, pollution and storm surges, of which the impact is magnified by climate change. For the coastal communities that live along the West-African coast, the effects are devastating. Many have seen their homes and businesses devoured by the sea and have lost important ways to sustain in their livelihoods.

In order to support these communities and their governments in their efforts to tackle these issues, the WACA Program was established by the World Bank in partnership with West-African countries, regional institutions and international organisations.

As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the World Bank that was signed in June 2020, NWP has committed itself to establishing and managing a Dutch WACA hub. Read more about the WACA Program