Minister for Development Cooperation (Netherlands)

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The Minister for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands is a Minister without portfolio tasked with all matters concerning International development. The Minister for Development Cooperation is part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The current Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation is Lilianne Ploumen.

List of Ministers for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands[edit]

Minister for Aid to
Developing Countries
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Theo Bot Theo Bot
(1911–1984)
14 April 1965 –
5 April 1967
Catholic People's Party Jo Cals
(Cals)
Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
Berend Jan Udink Berend Jan Udink
(1926–2016)
5 April 1967 –
6 July 1971
Christian Historical Union Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
Ministers for
Development Cooperation
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Kees Boertien Kees Boertien
(1927–2002)
6 July 1971 –
11 May 1973
Anti-Revolutionary Party Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
Jan Pronk Jan Pronk
(born 1940)
11 May 1973 –
19 December 1977
Labour Party Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
Jan de Koning Jan de Koning
(1926–1994)
19 December 1977 –
11 September 1981
Anti-Revolutionary Party
Christian Democratic Appeal
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt I)
Kees van Dijk Kees van Dijk
(1931–2008)
11 September 1981 –
4 November 1982
Christian Democratic Appeal Dries van Agt
(Van Agt IIIII)
Eegje Schoo Eegje Schoo
(born 1944)
4 November 1982 –
14 July 1986
People's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers I)
Piet Bukman Piet Bukman
(born 1934)
14 July 1986 –
7 November 1989
Christian Democratic Appeal Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers II)
Jan Pronk Jan Pronk
(born 1940)
7 November 1989 –
3 August 1998
Labour Party Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
Wim Kok
(Kok I)
Eveline Herfkens Eveline Herfkens
(born 1952)
3 August 1998 –
22 July 2002
Labour Party Wim Kok
(Kok II)
Vacant
Agnes van Ardenne Agnes van Ardenne
(born 1950)
27 May 2003 –
22 February 2007
Christian Democratic Appeal Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IIIII)
Bert Koenders Bert Koenders
(born 1958)
22 February 2007 –
23 February 2010
[Res]
Labour Party Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IV)
Maxime Verhagen Maxime Verhagen
(Minister of Foreign Affairs)
(born 1956)
23 February 2010 –
14 October 2010
Christian Democratic Appeal
Vacant
Ministers for Foreign Trade
and Development Cooperation
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Lilianne Ploumen Lilianne Ploumen
(born 1962)
5 November 2012 –
Incumbent
Labour Party Mark Rutte
(Rutte II)
Res. Resigned.

Living former Ministers for Development Cooperation[edit]

Minister for Development Cooperation Term Age
Jan Pronk 1973–1977
1989–1998
(1940-03-16) 16 March 1940 (age 77)
Eegje Schoo 1982–1986 (1944-06-10) 10 June 1944 (age 72)
Piet Bukman 1986–1989 (1934-02-07) 7 February 1934 (age 83)
Eveline Herfkens 1998–2002 (1952-01-09) 9 January 1952 (age 65)
Agnes van Ardenne 2003–2007 (1950-01-21) 21 January 1950 (age 67)
Bert Koenders 2007–2010 (1958-05-28) 28 May 1958 (age 59)
Maxime Verhagen 2010 (1956-09-14) 14 September 1956 (age 60)

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