Our Dutch Ambassador in Benin

Programme editor
Sophie Rutenfrans
In collaboration with
Ministerie Buitenlandse Zaken

Benin is one of the poorest countries in the world and is characterized by large inequalities. With the Dutch ambassador in Benin To Tjoelker-Kleve, as well as Beninese Jurist and judge of the ICC Reine Alapini-Gansou we discuss the largest challenges in the country at the moment and the role the Netherlands can play in this. How does the Netherlands relate to the undisputed Benin government ? The latter issues will be central to the discussion during this evening.

From kingdom to colony and from Marxist state to democratic republic: over the past two hundred years, Benin has known many forms of government. This eventful history continues in the present, because even today, the once democratic country is ravaged by political intrigue. Against this backdrop, attempts are being made to transform the economy and protect poverty. In addition to improving food and water supplies, the Netherlands tries to contribute to this by strengthening the rights of women and girls, promoting entrepreneurship among young people and promoting better health. What results have been achieved and how do they fit within the broader Benin reform policy? And why does the Netherlands choose to (specifically) focus on these themes? During this evening To Tjoelker-Kleve and Reine Alapini-Gansou will delve deeper into the Dutch activity in the ever-moving Benin.

About ‘Onze Man / Vrouw In…’

This programme is part of the series ‘Onze Man / Vrouw In…’ A series made in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which a Dutch Ambassador is invited to share his or her experiences. Previous episodes have hosted Ambassadors from Iraq, Iran, Egypt, South Africa, Yemen, Morocco and Jordan.


To Tjoelker-KleveThe ambassador and head of Development Cooperation of La Paz (Bolivia) and Bamako (Mali). Now ambassador to Cottonou in Benin
Reine Alapini-GansouBeninese-jurist and judge of the International Criminal Court


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