Saskia Hollander is executive director at The Broker. She holds a PhD in political science from Radboud University Nijmegen. She previously worked at the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) and the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV). Her professional interests include democratic institutions, the quality of democracy, political participation, and political and economic inequality.
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 the aim to identify clear policy recommendations for policymakers and practitioners in the field.
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.
As a highly fragmented UN debates the new global development agenda, the different perspectives and interests involved are bound to clash, making the entire process a political tug-of-war.
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 Inclusive and Sustainable Future. Moderated by Frans Bieckmann, chief-editor of The Broker, the event offered an informative presentation of the ERD’s main conclusions and reactions to it.