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How NGOs see Africa's Future 

The next Africa Business Club, organised by NABC and INTL FCStone, will be held on June 13. Plan International Nederland director Monique van 't Hek and VSO Nederland Director Erik Ackerman will share their view of how Africa will be looking like in the next decades. How do they look at the current Dutch ‘aid to trade’ policy? And does the private sector share a similar view on the future of Africa with the Non-Governmental Organisations? Are NGOs too focused on doom scenarios? Together with you, we will try to find answers to these questions. Additionally, Partos, the branch organization for NGOs, will present their recent ‘Practical guide to Inclusive Business Partnerships.’ The debate is followed by a networking reception where the business community and the NGO community can link up.   

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Programme Africa Business Club


15:30 Walk-in and registration

Introduction by the moderator and interview 

Moderator: Arne Doornebal, Strategic Regions and Media Relations, NABC

Niels van Duinen, FX Sales Global Payment Division, INTL FCStone


Panel discussion with directors of two nationwide NGOs

Monique van 't Hek,                        National Director, Plan International Nederland

Erik Ackerman, Director VSO


Presentation about the recently-published Practical Guide to 'Inclusive Business Partnerships'

Partos, the branch organisation of Dutch NGOs


Networking reception
18:15 End of the Africa Business Club


Location: Bleyenberg, Den Haag

Grote Markt 10



Monique van 't Hek - National Director Plan International Nederland

Monique van ‘t Hek joined Plan International Netherlands in March 2011 as National Director. Plan International Nederland is an international children’s and youth development organization with a special focus on girls and young women. Plan International is active in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Monique is an experienced manager in the non-profit sector and specialized in international development cooperation. Monique holds a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam with a specialization in Latin American Development Studies. She has worked in developing countries for a period of 16 years, including Field Director of Plan International in Colombia and Country Director of SNV in Peru. Before joining Plan International in the Netherlands, Monique was partner of Profonte, Consultants in Philanthropy. One of the expert areas of Profonte is advising corporates on social responsibility and philanthropy. During her period at Profonte Monique was Interim Director of different foundations and NGOs in the Netherlands.

Plan International (Netherlands) has partnerships with various corporates, an important one being Accenture. These partnerships focus on Skills & Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (SOYEE), with special attention for girls and young women. Plan International works actively together with international and local businesses on technical/vocational training and job placement for disadvantaged youth.  

Monique has a passion for gender equality, especially equal rights for girls and boys.




Erik Ackerman - Director at VSO Nederland

Erik (1977) has a strong interest in social, political and organizational development. After graduating from Leiden University, where he completed his masters’ in public administration, he has been working in the civil society and public sector for nearly 20 years. At ICCO (Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation) he worked as a programme manager for the Middle East and subsequently managed ICCO’s lobby & advocacy team. He went on to become spokesperson and chef de bureau for a political party at the Dutch parliament.


Moving on to IVN, the organisation for environmental education, as a senior manager where he lead strategic developments in the field of volunteering, marketing and human resources. In 2018, he became the director of VSO in the Netherlands, world’s leading volunteering for development organisation. With this he returned to the field of international development, for which he has a great passion.









Event details

Africa Business Club
From June 13, 2019
Till June 13, 2019
NABC events
Africa Business Club
The Hague, Netherlands