Aid agencies can’t police themselves. It’s time for a change by Dorothea Hilhorst

February 22, 2018 The spreading “Oxfam scandal” will affect the entire humanitarian sector painfully. It brings into plain sight what observers of the internal workings of NGOs have known for a long time: NGOs have an organisational reflex of banning outsiders from their kitchen, and keeping their potentially dangerous secrets hidden. Abuses of power are … Continue reading Aid agencies can’t police themselves. It’s time for a change by Dorothea Hilhorst

How to make sure that research has a durable impact? Examples from DRC by Dorothea Hilhorst and Adriaan Ferf

January 5, 2018 The Institute of Social Studies means to produce knowledge with a societal impact. It has been long realised that researchers need to be pro-active to ensure that their findings find their way to people in policy and practice (called research uptake). The authors of this blog have participated for 6 years in … Continue reading How to make sure that research has a durable impact? Examples from DRC by Dorothea Hilhorst and Adriaan Ferf

A double message about safety and security for field research: “Protection is crucial” and “Don’t overdo it” by Dorothea Hilhorst

May 2nd 2017 In January 2016, Giulio Regeni, PhD candidate of Cambridge University studying labour movement in Egypt went missing in Cairo where he did his fieldwork. His body was found a week later in a ditch near the city showing signs of torture and a slow death. His killers have not been found. His … Continue reading A double message about safety and security for field research: “Protection is crucial” and “Don’t overdo it” by Dorothea Hilhorst