Mr Van Dijk holds a wide experience in regional/rural development planning, facilitation of strategic planning exercises, co-ordination and management of projects and programmes; identification, formulation, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes; management of comprehensive, local government programmes and institutional development. For a number of years he managed integrated rural development programmes in Tanzania. In the past years he has been active in institutional development consultancies in local government development and regional planning in Uganda, Tanzania, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka. Pakistan, Suriname and the Dutch Antilles; in diaconal development programmes in Armenia, Poland, Romania, Myanmar, Thailand, Fiji, Lebanon and Jordan, in educational management training in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, in relief and rehabilitation programmes in Ethiopia and Kenya, and as management consultant to regional development programmes in Zambia and Yemen. He worked as Chief Technical Advisor to improve the planning systems for development within the Provincial Government of Baluchistan in Pakistan. Currently he operates as project director to enhance the capacity of a number of higher education institutes like the Institute or Rural Development Planning, the Public Service College and the College of Business Education in Tanzania for strengthening the public service in general and local government and private sector in particular in the light of the decentralisation process in Tanzania. At the same time he operates as team leader of the capacity enhancement of Kenya Water Institute to deliver competent technical graduates in integrated water resources management in Kenya.