The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is engaged and embedded in the city of The Hague, and enhancing this local engagement is an explicit objective of the current ISS strategy.
The Local Engagement Facility (LEF) fund was set up to encourage and formalize collaboration between ISS and other societal actors in the city of The Hague, including both local communities and formal institutions and organizations.
In relation to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, ISS selected four projects particularly focusing on the impact of COVID-19 and the measures taken by marginalized or (often) overlooked groups of people. These four projects make use of ISS expertise in development and social justice to inform and impact the lives of people who live on our doorstep.
More about these projects
About the LEF fund
The goal of the LEF fund is to:
- facilitate long-term collaborations with organizations in The Hague;
- establish opportunities for student involvement through their courses or as volunteering opportunities; foster collaboration between colleagues and projects within this fund;
- and, most notably, show how engaged research happens at the ISS.
As part of the LEF fund, the project researchers are encouraged to collaborate amongst each other to facilitate more synergies between the projects, allowing for not just further reflections and conclusions to be drawn, but to further stimulate collaboration and solidarity between organizations in The Hague.
The aim is to ensure that the ways in which local communities in The Hague are affected by covid-19 are not just exposed but are also supported by the research and the collaborations and networks brought about by the research.