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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.

Isabelle van Tol Head of Trade Facilitation / Strategic Policy Advisor for Sustainable Economic Development, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Assefa Admassie Lecturer, Department of Economics Addis Abeba University
Maggie Kigozi Consultant, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Sara Ruto Coordinator, People’s Action for Learning (PAL)
Robert-Jan Scheer Representative of the Netherlands to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Adriano Nuvunga Director, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)
Basil Jones Gender Program and Policy Coordinator, African Development Bank
Ton Dietz Researcher, African Studies Centre
Josine Stremmelaar Manager Program Support and Impact Unit, Oxfam Novib
Moussa Toure Investment Promotion Agency of Mali
Jean Bossuyt Head of Strategy, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
Fatoumata Lamarana Diallo Senior Economist, West African Monetary Agency (WAMA)
Marina Diboma Deputy Managing Director, Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC)
Sonia Onovughakpo (Odije) Fajusigbe Economic, Trade and Investment Policy Officer, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Lagos
Maty Konte Economist, United Nations University Maastricht (UNU-MERIT)
Lemma Senbet The William E. Mayer Chair Professor Finance, University of Maryland: Immediate Past Executive Director of AERC
Paschal Mihyo Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Policy Research for Development (REPOA)
Edward Brown Director of Policy Advisory Service, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)
Erwin Bulte Professor of Development Economics, Wageningen University & Utrecht University
Njuguna Ndung’u Executive Director, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)


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.

Wilson Wasike Knowledge Manager, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Caspar Swinkels Knowledge Manager, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Joseline Tuyisabe Student Assistant, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Agnieszka Kazimierczuk Knowledge Manager, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Manon Heuvels Knowledge Manager, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Anika Altaf Knowledge Manager, The Broker
Marleen Dekker Coordinator, African Studies Centre (ASCL)
Obadia Miroro Knowledge Manager, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Kim van Wijk Knowledge Manager, The Broker
Hannah Itcovitz Knowledge Manager, The Broker

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.

Martine Rutten Senior Policy Advisor, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Saskia Tjeerdsma Policy Advisor, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nicholas Awortwi Director, Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) Ghana
Sarah Ssewanyana Executive Director, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC)
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

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