Our advisory services

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When independence requested....

Advice can be requested in cases where the independent position and multi-disciplinary expertise of the NCEA has an added value. More specific, when the following criteria apply:

  1. The issues at stake in the development of the strategy or activity are politically sensitive. For example because lack of policy coherence or expected local resistance, with risk of reputational damage.
  2. Opinions of stakeholders and/or experts differ widely and are difficult to align.
  3. The strategy or activity touches upon two or more ‘siloed’ policy fields. For example, the nexus between food, water and gender. Or food, conflict and migration.
  4. The requested advice is of strategic nature.


What the NCEA can do:

  1. Give advice:
  • Written advice: using a multidisciplinary expert working group; this advice is by default published as formal NCEA advice for reasons of transparency and independence and has the highest added value.
  • Oral advice: either by an individual expert or by NCEA staff; this advice (e.g. as part of Q@E) is by default not published and for internal use only, in cases where publication is yet too early.

2. Facilitate:

  • e.g. neutral chair/facilitator/resource person in meetings and workshops. This includes support to MFA units in ‘structuring’ complex policy issues, i.e. to develop its view on how these issues relate to sustainable development, including the kind of NCEA advice that would be most appropriate and helpful. 


Who can request Sustainability Advice?

Primary target group is the DGIS Directorates and the Dutch embassies in partner countries. Their requests for advice will be given highest priority. Dutch embassies in countries on the PSD country list[1] are the next ‘ring’; requests from other embassies and Directorates can be accommodated subject to NCEA capacity.

[1] https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/publicaties/2016/02/19/psd-dggf-landenlijst