Foreign aid and its unintended consequences

Hybrid book presentation & discussion with Professor Dirk-Jan Koch
Thursday 5 Oct 2023, 15:00 - 16:30
Spoken Language

The Hague Humanity Hub (Fluwelen Burgwal 58, 2511 CJ The Hague) and livestreamed

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Foreign aid and its unintended consequences is a tour de horizon on the impact of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. In his new book Professor Dirk-Jan Koch presents a new lens of looking at foreign aid: identifying unintended consequences, both negative and positive. This new lens should lead to new ways of thinking about aid and development as well as to new ways of working.

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and KUNO present an introduction of this thought-provoking publication, focusing on the humanitarian angle.

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Join us on Thursday 5 October from 15:00-16:30 at The Hague Humanity Hub (Fluwelen Burgwal 58, 2511 CJ The Hague), or online via our livestream.


  • Presentation by Professor Dirk-Jan Koch, Chief Science Officer of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Special Professor of International Trade & Development Cooperation at Radboud University, the Netherlands
  • First impressions from different perspectives, including from Professor Thea Hilhorst (Professor of Humanitarian Studies, ISS) and Stijn Jansen (Deputy Head of Bureau for International Cooperation and Senior Advisor to the (deputy) Director General for International Cooperation, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Dr John Cruzatti C. (Assistant Professor, ISS) and Suying Lai (Oxfam Novib). 
  • Open discussion  

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  • Reflections on Foreign aid and its unintended consequences

    'Dirk-Jan is a pracademic firebrand … he knows exactly where it hurts' - Prof. Bill Easterly

    'Original and productive' – Prof. David Lewis

    '***** (5 stars) - No taboos, no blind spots.' - Prof. Axel Dreher

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