The lessons of a recent evaluation of demand-driven research programmes in developing countries have not been incorporated into the ministry’s new research policy.▶
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working to create a more knowledge-oriented organizational culture. But at the same time it is losing its internal capacity for strategic thinking, a crucial attribute in an era of globalization, inte...▶
Knowledge is power. This may be a cliché, but it is increasingly true. It is especially relevant now that the Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation Bert Koenders is calling for ‘politicization’. That is a good initiative, if it means pa...▶
Several EU member states have launched an initiative to set up a European Development Report. Such a report could strengthen Europe’s position as a global player. The theme is promising: a globally inclusive society based on fair multilateralism....▶
There are increasing calls for greater cooperation between scientists from different disciplines. Under certain circumstances such interdisciplinary research can add value. A new publication, Building bridges, offers some advice for sceptics and e...▶
Is circular migration the ‘silver bullet’ for achieving a ‘triple win’ – for the host countries, the migrants’ countries of origin, and the migrants themselves? Reaching a real win–win–win situation will require more than just positive thinking.▶
Development professionals, policy makers and scientists in the field of global issues have for a long time been separated by institutional boundaries, cultural barriers and poor communication. But for some time now the trend has been towards integ...▶
Since The Broker started in 2007, Frans has been editor in chief and, since 2013, he has also been the executive director. He left The Broker in december 2017.
Frans studied international relations at the University of Amsterdam and has 30 years’ experience as a researcher, journalist and advisor on issues of development and globalization. He has advised a number of development organizations and government institutions and has been published in many newspapers, magazines and journals. In August 2012, Frans published the book Soedan – Het sinistere spel om macht, rijkdom en olie, a detailed analysis of international involvement with Sudan and the conflict in Darfur.