Saskia Hollander is knowledge broker at 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 theScientific 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.
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The report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, launched on 8 August 2014, has missed an important opportunity to accomplish a breakthrough on the pressing questions of development finance. Domin...read more
The long wait is over. During the 13th and final session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on sustainable development goals (SDGs), held from 14 to 19 July, the 69 member countries agreed on a set of 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets. These should...read more
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The field of Development Studies needs to revitalize its identity and set clear boundaries for what it should and should not do.read more
Now that Official Development Assistance (ODA) has been declining for the past few years, academic discussions on how to attract additional public and private sources of funding for sustainable development are heating up.read more
During the EADI 14th General Conference panel session ‘Promoting Democracy in a Polycentric World: What Role for the Emerging Powers’, Andrew Cooper and Gerd Schönwälder argued that the emerging economies - mainly Brazil, India, South Africa, Turk...read more
Now that the work of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is coming to an end, the question of finance casts a dark shadow over the final round of negotiations. Last week, the Group of 77 (G77) and China present...read more
While the European Commission has all the potential to play a significant role in development cooperation, the EU member states lack the political will and courage to do so.read more