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.

Robert-Jan Scheer Representative of the Netherlands to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Rolph van der Hoeven Emeritus Professor of Employment and Development Economics, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Adriano Nuvunga Director, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)
Sara Ruto Coordinator, People’s Action for Learning (PAL)
Fatoumata Lamarana Diallo Senior Economist, West African Monetary Agency (WAMA)
Paschal Mihyo Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Policy Research for Development (REPOA)
Maggie Kigozi Consultant, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Josine Stremmelaar Manager Program Support and Impact Unit, Oxfam Novib
Erwin Bulte Professor of Development Economics, Wageningen University & Utrecht University
Assefa Admassie Director, Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute (EEPR)
Njuguna Ndung’u Executive Director, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Moussa Toure Investment Promotion Agency of Mali
Maty Konte Economist, United Nations University Maastricht (UNU-MERIT)
Ton Dietz Researcher, African Studies Centre
Lemma Senbet William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance, Director of Center for Financial Policy, University of Maryland
Dzodzi Tsikata Director, Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana
Jean Bossuyt Head of Strategy, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
Basil Jones Advisor to the Special Envoy on Gender and Vice President, African Development Bank
Marina Diboma Deputy Managing Director, Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC)


The Secretariat drives and coordinates the platform. Our knowledge managers make evidence accessible for use by policymakers and practitioners, and interact with them on how to use this knowledge for policy making and implementation.

Marleen Dekker Coordinator, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Manon Heuvels Knowledge Manager, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Karin Nijenhuis Knowledge Manager, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Wilson Wasike Knowledge Manager, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Kim van Wijk Knowledge Manager, The Broker
Sarah Borgerdijn Student Assistant, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Saskia Hollander Knowledge Manager, The Broker
Agnieszka Kazimierczuk Knowledge Manager, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Frank van Kesteren Knowledge Manager, The Broker
Obadia Miroro Knowledge Manager, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

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.

Saskia Tjeerdsma Policy Advisor, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Isa Baud Emeritus Professor in International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam
Sarah Ssewanyana Executive Director, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC)
Nicholas Awortwi Director, Africa Governance Institute (AGI)
Dennis Arends Senior Analyst, Porticus

Get in touch

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

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

For general inquiries, please contact