ETC aims to enhance people’s access to energy in rural and peri-urban areas. We focus on business development support, gender mainstreaming and strengthening technical capacity and skills. Our partners are numerous: government organizations, NGOs, community based organisations, local entrepreneurs, international companies, financial institutions, researchers, multilateral organizations and donor agencies. Part of our approach is to bring these stakeholders together to promote a shared responsibility for energy access.
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ETC focuses on sustainable use of natural resources (land, water, forest, biodiversity) through people-centred approaches. We aim for institutional change through multi-stakeholder approaches. We support capacity building, action research and advisory activities that enhance livelihoods of people living in rural areas. We work with a wide range of Southern and Northern-based partners including government institutions, research institutions, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, farmer organisations, multilateral organisations and donor agencies. Biocultural diversity is a new field of ETC that links (agro) biodiversity, rights-based approaches and cultural diversity.
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ETC aims to contribute to equitable and high-quality public health services in low and middle income countries. We focus on Performance Based Financing, Impact Evaluation in SRHR and health sector performance. We offer short and medium term consultancy services to governments, NGOs and the private sector. We combine technical advice with interventions aimed at strengthening the local capacities of our clients.More information on Health
RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE NETHERLANDS
ETC is not only active in development cooperation abroad; we also work closer to home. Here, as there, our goal is to contribute to sustainable actions of citizens, businesses and government. Our work in rural areas in the Netherlands benefits from our experiences in the South. In our projects, we act as the link between the practices of farmers and field parties on the one hand and the policies of governments and sometimes large companies on the other hand. We encourage interaction and exchange between these parties that is stimulating and inspiring for all. This helps to build confidence in each other for bringing about the desired, durable change. More information on Rural Development in the Netherlands
FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY
ETC promotes resilient (sustainable, fair, flexible and inclusive) food systems in which sustainable production and nutritious diets are naturally linked, supported by multiple linkages between cities and country side. We focus on the first 1,000 days, the window of opportunity that can make all the difference for healthy growth and development of populations – as opposed to inter-generational malnutrition and poverty. ETC’s track record includes evaluations of complex nutrition security programmes. We currently explore how our expertise in Results Based Financing can accelerate nutrition programming. Another new focus is inclusion of nutrition security as a natural extension of food security programmes. In all these endeavours our aim is to identify and demonstrate practical examples which contribute to generic models of success.