Merel van Meerkerk
Merel van Meerkerk is a junior researcher for the Knowledge Centre on Religion and Development at Oikos. She graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. Her thesis, written at the Knowledge Centre, focused on the role of religion in development cooperation in DR Congo. She is currently working on a project on religion and humanitarian aid.
Religious actors are often able to give structure when the other institutions of a state collapse. However, their role and impact in development cooperation and international relations is routinely overlooked.