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Lecture: ‘Unintented Impacts of International Cooperation’ by Dirk-Jan Koch
11-01-2016 at 20:00 - 22:00Free
Mosquito nets being used for fishing, newly built military barracks being seized by the rebels and NGO’s taking all educated youth away from the government. What does international cooperation actually lead to? How to defend a boycott on blood diamonds that actually impoverishes the local population? Thanks to his personal experiences in Congo-Kinshasa, former diplomat Dirk-Jan Koch is the right man to answer these and all other related questions that you might come up with.
Dirk-Jan Koch has experienced the opportunities and limitations of international cooperation at first hand during his stay in West and Central Africa. Crossing the forests by canoe and motorcycle, Koch has worked for the Dutch Embassy in Congo-Kinshasa. During his time there, he wrote ‘De Congo Codes’ which offers a glimpse in the ambiguous reality of international cooperation in a country like Congo. After this, he has been the Regional Director of Search for Common Ground, an international organization that is specialized in conflict resolution. He now is Special Envoy Natural Resources to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Fun fact for the Dutch: Koch has been elected president of LAKS when he was only 16 years old!