KIT Royal Tropical Institute is an independent centre of expertise and education for sustainable development. We assist governments, NGOs and private corporations around the world to build inclusive and sustainable societies, informing best practices and measuring their impact. Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, our work focuses on health care, gender, economic development and intercultural cooperation.
Our campus in Amsterdam houses a training centre for students and professionals, and is the home of SDG House: a community of sustainability experts and social entrepreneurs with a membership of 50+ organisations. KIT owns and operates Amsterdam Tropen Hotel, De Tropen café and restaurant, and offers office and conference facilities in our heritage building, the revenues of which contribute to KIT’s mission.
KIT’s leadership is guided by a set of values that define our relationship with clients, partners, employees and the community in which we operate. They are Sustainability, Inclusiveness, Transparency and Independence.
All our decisions and operations are guided by sustainability. By sustainability we mean development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and therefore takes a long term perspective.
At KIT we empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all people. Our approach to sustainable development is also founded on the principle of inclusion. Our experience shows that in any change process, all actors need to be consulted and included from the outset in order for progress to be sustained.
Our organisation is guided by transparency. We strive to exchange all information required for successful collaboration, decision-making and accountability.
KIT is independent. We act according to our own values and judgement, not coloured by religion, politics, ethnicity or the influence of any group or class.