Corporate Staff


Clingendael’s Communication unit continued to develop a number of projects in 2015 on PR, internal and external communication, and marketing. With regard to internal communication, consultation with the various departments within Clingendael was further intensified, concentrating on brand development, marketing opportunities, media appearances, and corporate style.

In order to achieve a more efficient way of producing publications, Communication introduced a template with which content can be processed more rapidly. This way of processing saves time and leads to a reduction of costs. It also enhances Clingendael’s ability to tie in with current events and increases its effectiveness.

With regard to external communication, the website again underwent redesigning for improvement. On the website, more use was made of the so-called ‘web pubs,’ a format that allows the reader to quickly browse through a publication, which is presented online in a more interactive way.

Visitors of our website can also share Clingendael content through social media by the introduction of social media cards.

Human Resources

On 1 January 2015, the Clingendael Institute employed 77 staff. On 1 January 2016 this number had increased to 87.

Clingendael has made 33 internships available to students, thus offering them the possibility to develop their skills in research and training projects both academically and logistically.

In 2015, the Institute offered 43 vacancies, 19 of which were for internships and 24 of which were for regular jobs.

The Clingendael Institute primarily recruits by announcing vacancies on its website, via social media platforms such as Twitter, and through its own networks.

In 2015 Clingendael spent 40% more on training than was previously budgeted. This budget was exceeded because of security training for the Institute’s own staff.


The financial result for 2015 is entirely in line with that for previous years and amounts to €636,690. This figure is inclusive of an additional charge for corporation tax to be paid for the years 2012 to 2015 inclusive; indeed, without this charge the result would have been significantly higher still. Project income was almost €0.9 million higher than budgeted for, with staff costs being €0.4 million lower. The other costs developed in line with the budget.

A further increase in project revenue is expected for 2016. We will need to take on additional staff to achieve this increase in revenue, which means that staff costs too will rise significantly. The forecast is that the result will again be positive.

The new relationship with the Dutch ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence will be formalised at the end of 2016. The basic subsidy will largely disappear with effect from 1 January 2017. As from this date, the Clingendael institute will receive an activities subsidy for its think tank activities. In addition, Clingendael will be able to compete for research assignments that these ministries put out to tender. Note that the institute also receives a subsidy for training foreign diplomats. The negotiations about new project financings are well underway. Clingendael expects that it will be able to maintain its revenue level at about the same level as in 2016. However, in some cases the consequences of the above changes in the years after 2016 are not yet fully clear.




Funding type

Projects €8.2 mln €8.5 mln €12.0 mln
Core funding (Dutch MFA and MOD) €1.2 mln €1.2 mln €1.1 mln


Staff costs €4.4 mln €4.6 mln €5.2 mln
Corporate costs €1.3 mln €1.1 mln €2.3 mln
Project costs €3.2 mln €3.0 mln €5.0 mln

Result (profit)

€547,000 €1,003,000 €636,700