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logo_IGJThis autumn, The Hague Institute will launch its Distinguished Speaker Series, a unique forum for dialogue with world leaders, thinkers and practitioners.  We are pleased to invite you to our first Distinguished Speaker events and look forward to welcoming you to The Hague Institute.

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Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.)
10 December 2013
Dean of the Fletcher School, Tufts University and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO
Topic: “The Role of NATO in Conflict Prevention”

Peter Sutherland
2 December 2013
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Migration
Topic: “Migration, Development and Global Justice”

Sir John Holmes
14 November 2013
Director, Ditchley Foundation and Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Author of The Politics of Humanity: The Reality of Relief Aid
Topic:  “Humanitarians and International Intervention”

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Between 11 and 16 March 2013, Professor Wil Hout attended the workshop on Political Conditionalities and Foreign Aid during the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in Mainz. The workshop was directed by Nadia Molenaers (Institute for Development Policy Management, University of Antwerp), Jörg Faust (German Development Institute, Bonn) and Sebastian Dellepiane (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). It brought together some 20 scholars working on issues of aid and conditionalities.

Wil Hout’s paper was entitled “Governance beyond the European Consensus on Development: What Drives EU Aid Selectivity?”

The paper focuses on the ‘governance turn’ in the development policies of the European Union, represented in particular by the adoption of the ‘European Consensus on Development’ in 2005. The main assumption inherent in the EU approach to development is that the quality of governance in developing countries is a crucial (co-) determinant of development outcomes. The paper sets up an analysis of the allocation of funds (over €50 billion during the 2007-13 period) through the EU’s main policy instruments: the European Development Fund, the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, and the Development Cooperation Instrument. The paper attempts to establish whether any dominant explanation, or combination of explanations, given in the literature on development assistance, is able to account for the allocation of those parts of the funds that are meant to be spent on governance reform. Three sets of hypotheses are tested, each derived from one of the dominant explanatory models of development assistance: donor interest, recipient need and constructivist models. The findings of the empirical analyses emphasise the role of donor-interest variables, but show that recipient needs play a (seemingly subordinate) role in decisions on EU aid allocation.

The description of the workshop, including all the papers that were presented, can be found online.

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