Prof. Dirk-Jan Koch is the Special Envoy for Natural Resources of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Additionally, in December 2017, he was appointed Special Professor of International Trade & Development Cooperation at Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands). Dirk-Jan finished his PhD (cum laude) at the Radboud University in 2009 and focused on geographic choices of international development NGOs. He was based for 5 years in the DRC and 2 years in Kenya, where he worked among other things as a regional director at Search for Common Ground, as a professor at the Catholic University of Kinshasa and as a diplomat of the Netherlands to the DRC.
Non-governmental development organizations are expected to focus on countries with poor governance. New evidence shows that they do not. While they do tend to focus more than bilateral donors on poor countries, they make some curious geographical choices. It seems that they too have their ‘donor darlings’.