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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.

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


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.

Frank van Kesteren Knowledge Manager, The Broker
Kim van Wijk Knowledge Manager, The Broker
Manon Heuvels Knowledge Manager, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Obadia Miroro Knowledge Manager, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Wilson Wasike Knowledge Manager, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Karin Nijenhuis Knowledge Manager, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Hannah Itcovitz Knowledge Manager, The Broker
Agnieszka Kazimierczuk Knowledge Manager, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Caspar Swinkels Knowledge Manager, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Marleen Dekker Coordinator, 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.

Dennis Arends Senior Analyst, Porticus
Paul Litjens Strategic 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, Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) Ghana
Saskia Tjeerdsma Policy Advisor, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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