ETC is a Netherlands based, not-for-profit organisation working worldwide to strengthen resilience in support of people-centred development in rural and urban settings. We focus our expertise and efforts in the areas of food and nutrition security, agro-ecology and energy access. In all areas we enhance gender equality, innovative capacity and entrepreneurial capacity. We advise governments, civil society organisations, bilateral and multilateral development agencies and engage the private sector to facilitate change that is truly gender sensitive, inclusive and benefiting the poor. ETC works together with hundreds of partner organisations in all continents and hosts a number of prominent national and global programmes and network organisations.
Our vision and mission
Our vision is: “sustainable development of people and environment, in a global context, based on local circumstances and local initiatives”. This vision drives and motivates ETC staff.
Our mission is: “to operate as a vibrant, innovative and information-sharing organisation which, through capacity building, advice, and facilitation of change processes and thematic networks, contributes to ecological sound, socially equitable, gender sensitive, economically viable and culturally acceptable situations”. Or in brief “building resilient communities”.
Core focus and approach
- We are an INGO (with ANBI status!) working on a not-for-profit basis.
- Our aim is to contribute to sustainable development all over the world, fostering resilience.
- We take a participatory approach to all our field activities and emphasize the value of local needs, indigenous knowledge and cultural diversity.
- We offer programme management, network facilitation and advisory services in the areas of food and nutrition security, agro-ecology and energy access.
- We also offer consultancy services on a not-for-profit basis. Any profits made are reinvested in the Foundation and in a few projects implemented each year at operational cost.
- We focus our work on rural areas in the Netherlands and the South.