Vision, mission & strategy

We rephrased our mission and vision in 2015; this established the basis for our strategy for 2016-2018.


A world free of leprosy and exclusion due to disabilities


NLR promotes and supports the health, ability and full inclusion in society of people affected by leprosy and persons with disabilities


  • NLR works with governments, NGOs, research institutions and Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) to promote the accessibility and quality of services via the provision of training, expert advice, research and innovation
  • NLR develops its policies and programs in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). With the aim of:
    • combating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and their consequences,
    • contributing to poverty reduction,
    • securing the human rights and social inclusion of people affected by leprosy and persons with disabilities
  • NLR strives to integrate leprosy control into other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and disability control programs
  • NLR lobbies to keep leprosy and disability inclusion on policy agendas at all levels
  • NLR supports rehabilitation services, reduction of stigmatization and the promotion of self-care and empowerment.

NLR priority areas

  • Prevention and early detection of leprosy
  • Prevention of disabilities
  • Empowerment of people affected by leprosy and people with disabilities

The organization, Governing Board and supervision

NLR’s head office is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Staff there comprises 20 employees working in 4 departments. Management and execution of field activities is delegated to 7 professional regional offices with a total of 78 employees in the 12 countries where the organization is active.

NLR in a nutshell

21,1 FTE in Amsterdam

7 regional offices in Africa, Asia and South America, 78 employees in 12 countries

48,454 donors and 1,000 volunteers

In 2015 our programs reached 53,980 beneficiaries

Supervisory Board 2015

  • Mr M.J. van den Berg (Chair) until January 1, 2016
  • Mr A. van Ojik (Chair) from January 1, 2016
  • Ms D. Go-Feij (Communications and fundraising) from April 1, 2015
  • Mr R.I.J. Greveling (Finance)
  • Professor P.R. Klatser (Scientific research)
  • Ms G.C. Anbeek (Staff and personnel management)
  • Professor J. van der Velden (Programmes) till April 30, 2015
  • Dr M.R.A. van Cleeff (Programmes ) from June 1, 2015.

Other positions held by members of the Board and management can be found here, as well as other relevant information on the Board. None of their positions imply any conflict of interest with the functions of the Supervisory Board or the Directorate of NLR.

Social responsibility (MVO)

NLR functions on a CO2-neutral basis. The CO2 emissions created by air-travel and printing were compensated in 2015 by contributions to sustainable energy projects. We invest our reserve funds exclusively in investment products offered by governments and companies that respect human rights, reject child labor, and function sustainably. In accordance with the guideline ‘Financial Management of Fundraising Institutions’ issued by Goede Doelen Nederland, our starting point is preservation of our capital.


NLR is a relatively small player in the field of international development aid. To keep the fight against leprosy high on the agenda, collaboration is essential for us.

In 2015, we actively contributed to the development of a new strategy for both the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Together with the Neglected Tropical Disease Non-governmental Development Organization Network (NNN), we established connections between combating leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). We also initiated a new international information portal, InfoNTD, which is partly funded by contributions from organizations working on NTDs.

In the Netherlands, as an active member of the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development (DCDD), we lobbied for development policy that focuses more on equal opportunities of persons with disabilities. In the first week of December, during the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), we delivered several concrete recommendations to parliamentary commissions on Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Cooperation in collaboration with other DCDD members.

Positive evaluation of our collaboration with Liliane Foundation in the Mekong region inspired intensification of our partnership on inclusion of people with disabilities, including in other countries, to be started from 2016.