SDD Wageningen starts ‘vlogs’ to define Sustainable Development Diplomacy by interviewing experts in different fields

The Capita Selecta course, Sustainable Development Diplomacy (SDD), elaborated on the contested and ‘comprehensive’ definition of SDD. In addition to this course SDD students had the opportunity to attend several  masterclasses, and conferences.  During this period it became apparent that the term of SDD is shaped by a mosaic of different interpretations and implementations, which …

Colombia’s government formally ratifies revised Farc peace deal

After four years of negotiations, following 52 years of conflict, the Colombian government has now formally ratified a peace agreement with the FARC. Only last month, the Colombian people rejected an earlier version of the peace treaty in a national referendum. This time, Colombia's president Santos has opted to skip another referendum and go directly …

Capacity4Dev: International Cooperation and Development

Capacity for Development is an online community platform focusing on development, external cooperation and policy. A lot of knowledge gets lost in e-mail or is filed away. It aims for knowledge sharing and cooperation between the wide range of stakeholders. There are over 7000 members, of which 2000 members are colleagues from the EU at …

Marco on his Master Thesis on the ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus’ in Ecuador

To start my summary of my master thesis research I would like to present the following quote: “One learns from books and example only that certain things can be done. Actual learning requires that you do those things.” (Frank Herbert) Throughout my 24 years on this planet I have read and heard a fair share …

GFDRR on Risk Identification – Diplomacy is only the tip of the iceberg

I am often skeptical on the functioning of diplomacy. With a social science perspective, I tend to look at the direct effects on local communities. From this angle, people who are climbing to (or have already reached) the top of diplomacy are often too powerful and act in self-interest. It’s a story we hear over …