Environmental Economy • international economic relations • water management
I feel it is my mission to show that a country like the Netherlands has a lot of impact on the world, including the quality of life of people in developing countries. We can and must contribute more to sustainable and fair development all over the world, by working together with people, communities and local companies from the Global South to develop new economic activities that will benefit people, the environment and the economy.
The Netherlands is still one of the most polluting countries in the world. Instead of reducing our emissions, we gain wealth from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas and stimulate 'alternative' energy sources like palm oil, which have a very negative impact on large areas in Asia, Africa and Latin America and lead to violations of land rights in developing countries. At the same time, we don't take the opportunities we have to improve our own economy and our financial system.
I want to contribute to finding a way of development of which not only the Netherlands gains profit, which respects the boundaries of nature and which also provides a better livelihood to others.
About Danielle Hirsch
Danielle Hirsch worked for three years in Mexico, Paraguay and Kenya during and after her studies in Economics. In 1995 she started working as an international consultant and at the same time became a volunteer at Both ENDS in 1995, where in 2003 she became policy advisor on water management. She was elected director of the organisation in 2008. Over the years she has been working in many of Both ENDS' projects, mainly in the field of international financial flows, water and climate. Although she's often still involved with projects, she now focuses primarily on developing the organization as a whole.
In 2015, the member states of the United Nations committed themselves to the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unlike their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SDGs recognise the importance of equality within and between countries, of decision-making processes in which all people are included and heard, and of legal systems that are independent and accessible to all.
Blog / 29 January 2019
The climate debate in the Netherlands is bogged down in what we can change at home and does not touch on our actions abroad. And that is a missed opportunity. Precisely because our international trade model is both so influential and, at the same time, such a widespread cause of pollution, changes in that policy can have an immediate effect.
News / 22 May 2018
On Friday, the long awaited policy note by Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag was published. The note was the outcome of a process of consultation, scientific analysis and much discussion within and outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We searched for the spirit underlying it: What trends does this minister consolidate and deepen? What is new? Are those new aspects a superficial change of discourse or a genuine break with the past? On what issues is the paper silent and what do those silences tell us?
External link / 22 May 2018
On Friday, the long awaited policy note by Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag was published. We searched for the spirit underlying it: What trends does this minister consolidate and deepen? What is new? On what issues is the paper silent and what do those silences tell us? Both ENDS' director Danielle Hirsch published her reflection on the policy note on the website of Vice Versa (in Dutch).