Security and the rule of law

Governance and the rule of law in developing countries that suffer from instability and insecurity (i.e. fragile states) are often very weak. The Dutch government therefore wants to contribute to security and the rule of law in these fragile states.

Security and the rule of law in Dutch development cooperation policy

An effective legal order is an essential condition for economic growth and development. Countries with fast-growing economies where the rule of law is weak run the risk of sliding into instability. What is more, companies will only invest in countries that offer the legal certainty which stems from an effective legal order. The Dutch government therefore wants to strengthen security and the rule of law in countries where governance is poor.

How is the Netherlands contributing to security and the rule of law?

Security and the rule of law is one of the priority themes of Dutch development cooperation policy. The Netherlands focuses on:

  • security for people;
  • a functioning legal order;
  • political processes in which every group in society can participate, including peace processes, post-conflict reconciliation and democratisation;
  • a legitimate, capable government;
  • employment and basic services;

Which goals the government works towards in each specific country depends on the local situation and agreements with partners.

An example of a contribution by the Dutch government is its support to the rule of law programmes of:

The Netherlands also supports organisations such as the World Bank, NATO and regional organisations.