Here we present highlights from our achievements in 2015. Follow our country and project pages for an update of ongoing programs.
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Income growth of more than 600,000 small holders producers. 354,000 households more food secure. 304,000 households using renewable energy or energy efficient devices. These are some of the results we achieved during the business plan period 2011-2015. Below you find an infographic with other highlights.
In 2015 ICCO Cooperation received almost € 75 million from the Dutch government, European Union and other institutional donors. Our total expenditures were more than € 65 million. A quarter was spent on our program ‘Fair Economic Development’ and more than half invested in Africa.
Key Data Financial Statements ICCO Cooperation 2015 (in €)
Income by type
Expenditure per program
Expenditures per continent
See also the Financial Statements in our Annual Report 2015.
Between 2011 and 2015 our programs were largely funded by the Dutch government through the MFSII co-financing system. We monitored in our business plan 164 indicators, divided over six themes. 87% of our indicators have been reached, a majority exceeded the target. Concrete project examples of our four priority themes are displayed to the left.
We promote rural entrepreneurship and stimulate inclusive value chains from market to producer. We improved between 2011 – 2015 the income for more than 600,000 smallholder producers, half of them female. The outreach of microfinance institutions was more than 6 million rural clients.
In 2015 In India 55,701 farmers were reached through cooperation with seven implementing partners, using SCOPEinsight’s tools. One of the joint initiatives was the collective marketing of various commodities like vegetable, non-timber forest products, pigeon peas, turmeric and fruits. In the state of Jharkand the development of value chains for chili, tamarind, and lac was facilitated and better positioned as a service provider in the further development of value chains.
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In North Moluccas, over 50% of the population is involved in traditional nutmeg production. For about 52,000 farmer families, nutmeg is the main source of income. The high demand on the international nutmeg market provides an opportunity for these farmers to improve their livelihoods. Unfortunately the ethno-political conflict in 1999-2003 changed the chain. Cracking is now done by farmers and not in the city of Ternate anymore. This has caused high levels of aflatoxin. The infrastructure was damaged and scared away companies. Lack of knowledge of good agricultural practices, and market standards for quality and traceability, had also a negative influence.
Our multi-stakeholder program – in cooperation with IDH - spices up the North Moluccan organic and aflatoxin free nutmeg sector by capacitating farmers in organic nutmeg production and including them in the (international) value chain. At the same time, the community development program works on intercultural dialogues to improve social and economic relations in the program area. The program shows incredible results. In December 2015, 4,980 small producers were reached. Their increase in income was 80%. Standards and certifications for internal control and good agricultural production are in place. Partner trading companies increased their income with 10 % and created hundred new jobs.
Between 2011 and 2015 we have improved the food and nutrition security of 280,000 households. To achieve this we supported the development of sustainable local foods systems and advocated for the Right to Food and better government policies.
After more than 50 years armed conflict the need of creating training and job opportunities for young people is high. ICCO Cooperation decided to open the first School of Gastronomy Manq’a in Bogotá with the support of Kerk in Actie, RVO, and its partners in Colombia. The initiative is inspired on the model of Manq’a schools in Bolivia.
Partnerships were established with organizations and enterprises from The Netherlands and Colombia in areas such as economic sustainability, appreciation of Colombian foods and products and culinary innovation. The Manq’a schools train cooks to promote traditional cuisine, transforming local, healthy products and in dialogue with small-scale producers. Forty students are being trained today in the Patio Bonito School in Bogotá. In mid-2016, Manq’a opened its second school in the city of Cali. The young graduates will participate in pilot gastronomy projects to generate work experience and stimulate entrepreneurship.
The PROOFS program in Bangladesh is an initiative of iDE-Bangladesh, BoP Innovation Center and ICCO Cooperation, supported by the Dutch embassy in Bangladesh, targeting 80,000 households at the Base of the Pyramid. 640 nutrition sales agents aim to change people’s behavior towards dietary diversity and hygiene practices. They buy all products themselves and keep the margin after selling, which gives them the opportunity to become and stay financially independent.
In 2015, PROOFS, in partnership with Next Billion, introduced an innovative social marketing toolkit, which consists of a projector, chargeable speakers and a smart-phone. This portable set is used to conduct nutrition sessions and the smart-phones are used to collect online data, particularly for verification of participants in community nutrition sessions with GPS location. In 2015 PROOFS conducted 1,520 sessions and reached 60,800 households. As a result of this, sales of nutritious and hygienic products have increased by 300 – 400 percent. In addition, feeding and hygiene practice of target households is improving.
Responsible business is a ICCO Cooperation focus theme finding its origin in our human rights and economic programs.
As part of the Dutch Human Rights Fund for Central America, administered by ICCO Cooperation, the United Nations’ University for Peace in Costa Rica (UPeace) developed a ‘Good Practices Handbook on Business and Human Rights’; it has served as a valuable tool for business leaders who are committed to implementing the UNGPs in their companies. UPeace also developed a guide aimed at capacitating trainers on ‘Business and Human rights’. The handbook and guide were then put into practice through the design and implementation of a collaborative model that resulted in twelve CSR initiatives built jointly by actors from the private, public and civil society sectors.
ICCO Cooperation has also worked with Universidad Americana in Nicaragua to develop the region’s first Master Degree in CSR with a focus on ‘Business and Human Rights’. The graduate program has brought together leaders from the private, public and civil society sectors in an enriching academic environment that by 2016 had resulted in 62 professionals with degrees in CSR.
Humanitarian aid is executed by ICCO in close cooperation with Kerk in Actie
In 2015 we were able to support live saving aid in e.g. Nepal, Syria and surrounding countries, North-Iraq, Central-African Republic, South Sudan, Nigeria and Greece. In 2015 ICCO and Kerk in Actie joined the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), together with 13 other Dutch agencies. DRA is funded by the Dutch government. Joint assistance programs were conducted in Ethiopia, Nigeria, northern Iraq, Liberia related to the Ebola epidemic), South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Vanuatu, the Central African Republic and Nepal.
In Madagascar communities have become more resilient towards cyclones. By learning new farming methods, the livelihoods of 2,700 farmer households have been strengthened in 2015. Also 35 cyclone-resistant houses of bamboo (a newly introduced construction material) have been constructed by trained local carpenters. Furthermore 25 early warning systems have been set-up to alert communities on upcoming cyclones.
With support from ECHO (European Union), Nepal Earthquake Response Program addressed the immediate humanitarian crisis in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on 25th April 2015 and subsequent aftershocks. Almost 5,000 households across the targeted districts received support in the form of warm clothing, blankets and cash vouchers redeemable on food and medicine items. Construction of 167 houses were successfully completed. Additionally, 765 beneficiaries received shelter-kits.