The UNESCO/Netherlands Funds-in-Trust (NFiT) co-operation to support the World Heritage Centre was established in 2001 by the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences with the aim of reinforcing the implementation of the 1972 "Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage".
Under this Funds-in-Trust arrangement the Government of the Netherlands made available an amount of over US$ 10 million over a period of 20 years . The NFiT is one of the longest Funds-in-Trust at UNESCO, which makes sustainable partner for the conservation and management for the World Heritage.
Under this Funds-in-Trust arrangement, no restrictions are applied to allocating funds to particular regions of the world or to the nationality of experts to be used for missions or implementation of projects. As a result of this relative freedom, a fairly equal distribution of projects and sites that were selected for sponsoring has taken place over the regions of Africa, Arab States, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean
Projects and programmes under the NFiT cooperation are structured according to the Strategic Objectives adopted by the World Heritage Committee (5Cs), in pursuance of regional and thematic balances, and the sustainability of support given in terms of project follow-up or spin-off. Support would be also considered for a property on the List of World Heritage in Danger and/or heritage in conflict situation, when feasible.
Furthermore, under the NFiT special attention will be reserved for the category of mutual heritage or shared cultural heritage: the heritage that is perceived by the Netherlands and other countries or regions concerned as shared cultural heritage. This heritage extends beyond the remnants in former colonies and could include cultural properties originating from other international ventures by the Netherlands as well.