IDS Lecture Series – 2016 Programme


With recent phenomena capturing global attention such as the Panama Papers scandal, global financial crises linked to unaccountable banking practices, tax evasion, and efforts to disclose classified information to promote democratic participation in society, the theme of transparency in International Development Studies has been pushed to the forefront. Parallel to this, the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) emphasize the need for enhancing transparency in achieving global development. While scholars and practitioners have been addressing issues of transparency in the making of development agendas for some time and at multiple levels of society, the urgency now associated with these concepts makes it a crucial topic for understanding among students of International Development.

Photo by Global Justice Now

Photo by Global Justice Now

Block 1: All lectures from Block 1 will take place from 15:00 to 18:00 at the JWS building from the University of Amsterdam (James Wattstraat 78 – JWS, Zaal 2)


Thursday, September 15, 2016: Dr. Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters and Maryse Hazelzet; Royal Tropical Institute (KIT). Theme: “Confronting the private banking sector: How can transparency guarantees be implemented in the relationships between big banks and local communities?”

Thursday, September 22, 2016: Dr. Linnet Taylor; Tilburg University. Theme: “How can accountability be guaranteed in the turn towards “Big Data” in Development Studies?”

Thursday, September 29, 2016: Prof. Dr. David Hulme; University of Manchester. Theme: “Enhancing Transparency and Accountability in the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Thursday, October 6, 2016: Dr. Farah Karimi; Oxfam Novib. Theme: “How do tax havens for the rich impact the lives of the poor? The Panama Papers – before and after”.

Thursday, October 13, 2016: Pelle Aardema; Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Theme: “What is the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and how does the Dutch Government participate in it?”


Block 2: All lectures from Block 2 will take place from 15:00 to 18:00 at the P.C. Hoofthuis from the University of Amsterdam (P.C. Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134 – Room 1.04)


Thursday, November 3, 2016: Myriam Vander Stichele; Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO). Theme: “The Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTiP): Agreements made behind closed doors”.

Thursday, November 10, 2016: Dr. Julia Hoffman; HIVOS. Theme: “What is the role of civil society in promoting accountability and transparency in development?”

Thursday, November 17, 2016: Prof. Dr. Rolph van der Hoeven; Institute for Social Studies (ISS) and Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV). Theme: “How is transparency guaranteed or denied in the global financial structure?”

Thursday, December 1, 2016; Anna Timmerman; Human Rights Watch. Theme: “How are Human Rights important for accountability and accountability important for Human Rights?”


If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dr. Courtney L. Vegelin ( or Gabriel Ramirez Acevedo (

One thought on “IDS Lecture Series – 2016 Programme

  1. Hello! I am a student of the UvA, I would just like to know if David Hulme’s conference will be by any chance filmed or made available in streaming for students who have class in that same time. Thank you for your attention,

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