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 …

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 …

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 …