India no longer needs any Dutch development funds
India has announced that it no longer needs any development funds
from the Dutch government. Thirteen other donor countries have
also been asked to stop sending aid as soon as the ongoing programs
are completed. Financial support from Germany, Russia, Great Britain
and the United States is still welcome.
The Netherlands was one of India’s largest donors. Agnes
Van Ardenne, the Minister for Development Collaboration, had set
aside 71 million euros for this year. She has now requested that
the Indian government also take over the programs that are currently
underway. India says it no longer needs the money. But according
to Professor Arie Kuyvenhoven, professor of Development Economy
at the University of Wageningen, India no longer ‘wants to
have to negotiate with each country individually regarding the
conditions for the aid. Inherent in the message is that India would
prefer to negotiate with Brussels.’ He made this statement
in the University Newspaper Wb.
Last year, the Netherlands had urged the EU to take diplomatic
steps against the Indian government after the mass murder of Muslims
in the State of Gujarat, where Muslims are increasingly becoming
the victims of Hindu fundamentalism. It is still not clear whether
the activities of Dutch co-financing organisations such as Novib
and ICCO must also be terminated.