SDD Member Dito writes about doing fieldwork in Indonesia on Forest Certification

It should always be a good feeling to go back to my home country Indonesia. However, this time it’s somewhat a little different. I did my fieldwork for my thesis on the topic of forest certification in Indonesia.  Although I am actually aware that my country is well-known with its arduous bureaucracy, I still felt …

SDD students volunteering at the ENP Transparency Conference

Written by Roy Winkelhuijzen Transparency is a hot topic nowadays for policymakers and the private sector. Providing transparency is believed to lead to empowerment and is widely perceived as a prerequisite for sustainability, because how could you check this if the process is not transparent? However, transparency alone cannot solve all our problems, and sometimes …

Low Oil Prices and the Global Economy: Why OPEC’s Lifeblood has dried up

Over the last month, global crude oil prices have frequently been dropping below $30 per barrel, a drop from $120 per barrel in 2014. Cheap oil is a boon for many Western countries but ravages oil exporters who depend heavily on its revenues. How did this low oil price come about, and will it last? …

The Chagos Islands’ dispute

The Chagos Island disputed started in 1965, when prior to Mauritian independence, the UK split the archipelago from the territory of Mauritius to form the British Indian Ocean Territory. The Republic of Mauritius has since then claimed that the UK’s dominance over the archipelago is a violation of UN resolutions, however until recently the UK …

Iceland’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council

The Arctic Council is a high level political forum established in 1996 to enhance cooperation and environmental protection in the arctic region. Every two years its chairmanship is assigned to one of the eight members. At the 11th Ministerial meeting Iceland's Chairmanship presented their biennial strategy with the theme "Together towards a sustainable Arctic". The …

Human-nature conflicts: finding peace and space

Hippo’s raiding the crops along the Nile, leopards stalking through Indian villages and cities, boars colliding with cars, the everlasting battle with giant hogweed, and livestock and game alike being ravished by wolves. Human-nature conflicts have always been present throughout our history on every continent where humans were already present or set foot. When the …

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 …

The Unintended Effects of International Cooperation: An Eye Opener

On 16 and 17 January, a small delegation of our SDD community travelled to the Hague to attend the academic policy cross- over conference on the Unintended Effects of International Cooperation, organized by the Radboud University and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference attracted a large variety of interested: researchers, evaluators, policymakers, and …

The Netherlands joins the NAP Global Network

It has been a good week for the Netherlands regarding their climate commitments. After launching the global centre of excellence on climate adaption they have now joined the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network. This global network brings partners together to work on climate adaptation in developing countries. Read more about the Netherlands joining the …