Hans Buis Afbeelding
22 Mei Amsterdam is going to buy a better world

Sustainable procurement is considered to be a dull issue, but it is not when Hans Dussel, chief procurement of the city of Amsterdam is addressing a conference. “Amsterdam is going to buy a better world”, is the title of his presentation to a packed meeting room. The topic of the day: the Dutch launch of ISO 20400 on Sustainable Procurement. During one afternoon, all speakers repeatedly refer to the Sustainable Development Goals, and SDG 12 on sustainable production and consumption in particular. In practice procurement is about decent payments for work, good labour relations, banning child labour, produce goods in a circular way and striving for zero carbon emission. This just illustrates: sustainable procurement never takes a dull moment.... Read more ›

Blog Claire Decre
10 Mei Giving new meaning to hospitality during my internship in Benin

On my very first night in Benin, I was immediately introduced to the ever-joking nature of the Beninese. It happened when my colleague Anouk proposed to order ‘une Béninoise’ and I, not knowing what it was, hesitantly confirmed. Immediately, the national coordinator of the project, Egy Sossou, seized the opportunity and asked me: “la jupe ou la bouteille?”. I could tell from the overly amused look on his face, that my confused reaction was the desired one. I learned that this was the regularly used joke when ordering this Beninese beer and over the following weeks had the chance to witness it as a spectator several times. Hence, a pleasant start of what would become an equally pleasant and interesting month. ... Read more ›

19 Apr A Gem in Upper Egypt

The road is bumpy and dark. Every few hundred meters a new 'sleeping policeman', the speed bumps that you find in every housing area in Egypt.... Read more ›

23 Dec From North to South in Eastern DRC

End of November, a VNG International delegation travelled through the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to visit the ongoing programme in North Kivu and Ituri and to attend to the final conference of our programme in South Kivu. ... Read more ›

21 Dec Documenting most significant change stories from LGCP South Africa

Seeking to combat South Africa’s severe periods of drought and slagging economic progress, LGCP South Africa has supported local governance institutions in South Africa in their water management and local economic development policies since 2012. December 2016 was marked by the end of LGCP’s activities in South Africa, a great moment to look back at the achievements of the last 5 years. ... Read more ›

Copyright © 2009-2015 VNG International