Bibliography suggested by the guest lecturers will be added.

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?”

Suggested readings:

FMO (2015), “FMO-DEG Independent Complaints Mechanism. Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Project”, Panel report No 1. Available at

Finley-Brook, Mary, and Curtis Thomas. “Treatment of Displaced Indigenous Populations in Two Large Hydro Projects in Panama.”,
Water Alternatives 3, no. 2 (June 2010): 269-90. Available at

Gaventa, John, and Rosemary McGee. “The impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives”, Development Policy Review, 2013, 31 (S1): S3-S28. Available at

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

Suggested readings:

Taylor, Linnet, & Schroeder, R. (2015). Is bigger better? The emergence of big data as a tool for international development policy. GeoJournal, 80(4), 503-518. Available at

Cukier, Kenneth and Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger, (2013) “The Rise of Big Data: How it’s Changing the Way We Think about the World” in Foreign Affairs, Vol.92. Available at

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

Suggested readings:

Beisheim, M., & Simon, N. (2016). Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Implementing the 2030 Agenda: Improving Accountability and Transparency. Analytical Paper for the 2016 ECOSOC Partnership Forum. Available at

Hulme, D., Savoia, A. and Sen, K. (2015), Governance as a Global Development Goal? Setting, Measuring and Monitoring the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Global Policy, 6: 85–96. doi:10.1111/1758-5899.12181 Available at

Transparency International (2016), Event report: corruption and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: how the EU will meet global-anticorruption targets. Available at

Wyant, R., & Spasić, K. (2015). Grassroots women’s accountability mechanisms: strengthening urban governance through organising and partnerships. Gender & Development, 23(1), 95-111. Available at

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”.

Suggested readings:

Oxfam (2016), An economy for the 1%: how privilege and power in the economy drive extreme inequality and how this can be stopped, 210 Oxfam briefing paper. Available at

Oxfam International (2014), Even it up: Time to end extreme inequality. Available at

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?”

Suggested readings:

Gaventa, J., & McGee, R. (2013). The impact of transparency and accountability initiatives. Development Policy Review, 31(s1), s3-s28. Available at

IATI (2016), IATI Annual Report 2015. Available at

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

Suggested readings:

Carothers, T., & Brechenmacher, S. (2014). Accountability, Transparency, Participation, and Inclusion: A New Development Consensus?. Available at

Zyl, A. (2014). How civil society organizations close the gap between transparency and accountability. Governance, 27(2), 347-356. Available at

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?”

Suggested readings:

AIV, Advisory Council on International Affairs (2014). Advisory Report No. 89: Improving Global Financial Cohesion: The importance of a coherent international economic and financial architecture. The Hague: Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Available at

Rolph Van Der Hoeven (2014) Full Employment Target: What Lessons for a Post-2015 Development Agenda?, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 15:2-3, 161-175, DOI: 10.1080/19452829.2014.883370 Available at

Thursday, November 24, 2016: Dr. Joop Remmé; Transparency International Netherlands and Maastricht School of Management. Theme: “Anti-Corruption as Responsible Business”

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

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