The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) supports entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business and cooperation. Its support includes grants and other support instruments, finding business partners, know-how, and guidance to comply with laws and regulations.
RVO is a government agency that operates under the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Its activities are commissioned by the various Dutch ministries and the European Union. This Gender Guide has been developed to share RVO’s approach to gender integration within its international programmes and projects, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is meant to inform and inspire partner organisations and lead applicants for RVO funding. The guide is a shorter version of RVO’s internal Gender Guide.
This guide describes how to apply a gender aware or gender transformative strategy in each phase of a programme and project. Any instrument of RVO, whether it is a fund, subsidy, loan or grant arrangement, has intended and unintended effects on gender relations. For this reason, RVO requires programmes and projects to be at least gender aware and encourages them to proactively seek opportunities for gender transformative programmes and projects.
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