Saskia Hollander works as a research editor for The Broker. She is also writing her PhD thesis on direct democratic reform in Europe. She co-edited the book Creative Crises of Democracy and has written several articles on democratization, political participation and transnational democracy. Previously, she worked at the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) and the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR).
Saskia studied political science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where she was a member of the Amnesty International working group at the university and of the Dutch Third Chamber in 2007.
Saskia has a broad field of interests, including processes of democratization and social change, international political economy, transnational cooperation and EU politics.
9 April 2014Last week, the 10th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals took place in New York.read more
Now that the eighth and final stocktaking session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has taken place, the more ‘friendly’ phase of the post-2015 process seems to have come to an end. The OWG member states’ over...read more
The root causes of many resource-related conflicts, hidden or openly violent and armed, are grounded within power constellations around conflicting interests. Within those power dynamics, national and global economic influences often override loca...read more
This dossier on ‘Power dynamics and natural resources’ contains five case-study articles and a synthesis summary on the power dynamics underlying both ‘open’ and ‘hidden’ conflicts over natural resources. The dossier also comprises a debate with t...read more
The reality behind the game of who gets what, when and how when it comes to natural resources, reveals a power play in which deprived groups in society get the short end of the stick. It also portrays an inherent tension between environmental prot...read more
In the last week of September, world leaders gathered in New York for the general debate marking the opening of the 68th UN General Assembly (GA). This was an important moment for the post-2015 process, as several events were organized on the glob...read more
The Broker, together with the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized the Dutch launch of the 2013 European Report on Development (ERD), Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclus...read more
Although the EU has great potential to push a more sustainable and inclusive development agenda, it suffers from a lack of ambition and prevalence of individual member states' interests.read more
While the UN High Level Panel report has been praised for its comprehensiveness and ambition, it is also criticized for avoiding more difficult political issues like inequality.read more