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INCLUDE brings together researchers and policymakers from African countries and the Netherlands who work with the private sector, NGOs and governments. The platform was established to exchange knowledge and ideas on how to achieve better, and more evidence-based, inclusive development policies and practice in Africa.

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Inclusive development

Inclusive development is about making sure that more people benefit from economic growth and development. It aims to reduce poverty and inequality, in both income and non-income dimensions. Rising inequality within countries and the increasing evidence of its detrimental effect on social and political stability, as well as economic growth, makes inclusive development key to realizing Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063.

INCLUDE knowledge platform

INCLUDE was initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2012 to ‘make knowledge work’ for policymakers and practitioners. INCLUDE is an independent knowledge platform that shares knowledge and insights on inclusive development in Africa with Dutch and African policymakers and practitioners, including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As such, our platform aims to contribute to more effective Dutch foreign trade and development cooperation policies, as well as regional and national policies for inclusive development in Africa.

Read more about our vision, mission and history

Platform members

INCLUDE is a platform of African and Dutch professionals. Our platform members bring with them their personal expertise from the field of sustainable and inclusive international development.

Maggie Kigozi Consultant, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Nicky Pouw Researcher at the Governance and Inclusive Development (GID) | University of Amsterdam
Jean Bossuyt Head of Strategy, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
Basil Jones Gender Program and Policy Coordinator, African Development Bank
Anthony Mveyange Executive Director of the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR)
Lemma Senbet The William E. Mayer Chair Professor Finance, University of Maryland: Immediate Past Executive Director of AERC
Edward Brown Director of Policy Advisory Service, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)
Assefa Admassie Lecturer, Department of Economics Addis Abeba University
Sonia Onovughakpo (Odije) Fajusigbe Economic, Trade and Investment Policy Officer, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Lagos
Rolph van der Hoeven Emeritus Professor of Employment and Development Economics, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) & UN Economic and Social Council member
Maty Konte Economist, United Nations University Maastricht (UNU-MERIT)
Fatoumata Lamarana Diallo Senior Economist, West African Monetary Agency (WAMA)
Dzodzi Tsikata Director, Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana
Paul Litjens Strategic Policy Advisor, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Moussa Toure Investment Promotion Agency of Mali
Désiré Assogbavi Director, ONE’s Francophone Africa
Adriano Nuvunga Director, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)
Marleen Dekker Director, African Studies Centre Leiden
Marina Diboma Deputy Managing Director, Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC)


The Secretariat drives and coordinates the platform and is run as a virtual consortium of the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) in Leiden, The Broker in The Hague, and African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in Nairobi. Our knowledge managers make evidence accessible and available for use to policymakers and practitioners for policy making and implementation.

Siri Lijfering Knowledge Manager, The Broker
Giovanni Puttin Communications & Innovation Broker
Anika Altaf Coordinator, INCLUDE
Obadia Miroro Knowledge Manager, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Olaoluwa Abagun Knowledge Manager, INCLUDE
Agnieszka Kazimierczuk Knowledge Manager, The Broker
Joscha Betke Knowledge Manager, The Broker
Victoria Manya Knowledge Manager, African Studies Centre (ASCL)

Consortium partners

Steering group

INCLUDE’s Steering Group governs the activities of the platform and decides on its research agenda based on contributions by the platform members.

Nicholas Awortwi Director, Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) Ghana
Dennis Arends Senior Analyst, Porticus
Isa Baud Emeritus Professor in International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam
Anno Galema Policy Officer at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Veerne Koops Policy Officer at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sarah Ssewanyana Executive Director, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC)

Get in touch

The Secretariat of INCLUDE is hosted by the African Studies Centre Leiden.

Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK, Leiden
The Netherlands
+31(0)71 527 6602

For general inquiries, please contact