ICTJ Announces Historic 4-Year Strategic Partnership with The Netherlands

1/28/2019

NEW YORK – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) have entered into a new, 4-year strategic partnership. As part of the partnership agreement, the Dutch government will invest $11.4 million in ICTJ’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022, representing the largest grant in the organization’s history.  

“The Netherlands are a global leader on peace and justice and we are very grateful and proud to be a strategic partner of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said Fernando Travesí, Executive Director of ICTJ. “Their generous support will enable us to continue advancing context-driven transitional justice initiatives that effectively address legacies of human rights violations and strengthen the rule of law.” 

During the Strategic Plan 2018-2022 period, ICTJ will seek to reframe and emphasize how transitional justice contributes to the prevention of violence and atrocities, and helps societies challenge the causes and address the consequences of massive human rights violations to lay the foundations for peace, justice and inclusion. ICTJ will develop innovative solutions to respond to the growing demand for its services in countries in transition to democracy as well as in contexts where conflict or political repression are ongoing. And ICTJ will continue to provide strategic advice to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its partners in Europe, aided by its growing presence in The Hague.

The new agreement reaffirms the long-standing partnership between ICTJ and The Netherlands. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Embassies have been key supporters of ICTJ since 2005, providing major unrestricted funding and support for thematic programs on disarmament and gender as well as a number of country programs, including in Afghanistan, Colombia, Kenya, and Morocco.

“The Netherlands has been a long-term supporter of ICTJ, whom we see as a trusted strategic partner that enables us to implement our policy objectives in the field of transitional justice. Dutch efforts in this regard aim to more effectively address legacies of human rights violations and root causes of instability and insecurity – and as such, prevent the recurrence of conflict. We also commend ICTJ’s efforts in light of providing access to justice for all, under SDG 16.”

-Jelte van Wieren, Director of the Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands

The 2018-2022 Dutch grant includes general operating support to continue ICTJ’s work across societies and borders. It also includes funding designated to enable ICTJ to develop new frameworks and partnerships in Colombia, Lebanon, Syria, and Tunisia, and launch new programs in Iraq, Libya, and other countries of mutual priority.


Individuals and organizations interested in supporting the International Center for Transitional Justice should kindly contact Julia Fishkin at +1-917-637-3986 or via email at jfishkin@ictj.org for more information.


ICTJ is an international nongovernmental organization that works across society and borders to challenge the causes and address the consequences of massive human rights violations. ICTJ affirms victims’ dignity, fights impunity, and promotes responsive institutions to lay the foundations for peace, justice and inclusion. ICTJ has worked in over 50 countries, leveraging its experience to articulate lessons learned, identify emerging patterns, develop innovative approaches and inform global policy debates.