IOB – In search of focus and effectiveness: Policy review of Dutch support for private sector development 2005-2012 (extensive summary)

Private sector development became an increasingly central focus of Dutch development policy, especially from 2010 onwards. Between 2005 and 2012, developing countries received a total of more than EUR 3.3 billion in support for private sector development. The international literature about bottlenecks in private sector development states the importance of a stimulating investment climate for the private sector. But what is known about the results of the Dutch policy? This policy review is looking into the results of the Dutch development policy on private sector development.