Prof. dr. Dirk-Jan Koch

DJKoch3Phone: 024-361.3058 (secr.)
Postal address: P.O. Box 9104, 6500 HE Nijmegen
Visiting address: Montessorilaan 3, Flexplek
Personal website:

Position: Professor by Special Appointment International Trade & Development Cooperation

Dirk-Jan (1980) is director of the  Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) of the Dutch government and parliament. He has been serving as the Chief Science Officer of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2019-2023) and as its Special Envoy for Natural Resources (2014- 2018).  He is Special Professor of International Trade & Development Cooperation. Dirk-Jan finished his PhD (cum laude) at the Radboud University in 2009 and focused on geographic choices of international development NGOs. He was based for 5 years in the DRC and 2 years in Kenya, where he worked amongst others as a regional director at Search for Common Ground, as a professor at the Catholic University of Kinshasa and as a diplomat of the Netherlands to the DRC. His current research focus is the  ‘unintended effects of foreign aid’ and his book on this topic can be found here (OpenAcess).

His inaugural lecture on the ‘unintended effects of international cooperation’ took place in 22 December 2017, and can be retrieved here.

Research interests:

  • Thematic & geographic focus areas: Intended and unintended effects of international cooperation. Aid & trade, NGOs, Central-Africa, natural resources, policy coherence for development
  • Theoretical interests: Poverty, Inequality, Sustainability


Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

Chapters in peer-reviewed academic books:

  • Koch, D.J &  A. van Mourik. (2014) ‘Is het Nederlandse ontwikkelingsbeleid in de DR Congo in 65 jaar coherenter geworden ?’ [Has the Netherlands policy for developing countries become more coherent?] Chapter in ‘Hoe nu verder: 65 jaar Nederlandse ontwikkelingssamenwerking’ edited by: S. Verwer, L. Schulpen en R. Ruben. Pg. 387-401
  • Koch, D.J. (2009) ‘Blind Spots on the Map of Aid Allocations. Concentration and Complementarity of International NGO Aid.’ Chapter three in: ‘A Fresh Look at Aid’, ge-edit door G. Mavrotas et M. McGillivray. Basingstoke: Palgrave & MacMillan. Pg. 39 – 64
  • Koch, D.J. (2009) ‘The geographic choices of Dutch NGOs’ A chapter in ‘Dutch Yearbook of International Cooperation 2008, edited by P. Hoebink (Assen: van Gorcum Press).
  • Koch, D.J. (2008) A Paris Declaration for NGOs? Chapter in: Financing Development 2008: Whose ownership?Paris: OECD Development Centre. Pg. 59 – 84.


Working papers and professional publications:

  • Koch, D.J. (2018) Expect the unexpected. In The BrokerExpect the unexpected: Focus on the unintended effects of international cooperation
  • Koch, D.J. (2018) Is de strijd tegen conflictmineralen gewonnen? In: Atlantische Commissie. Editie 3 9-12
  • Koch, D.J. & D. van de Koolwijk (2009) Do country images affect private development finance? Explaining differences between Tanzania & the Central African Republic’ Working Papers Volume from the Eighth International Conference International Society for Third Sector Research
  • Koch, D.J. & R. Ruben (2008) Spatial clustering of NGOs : an evolutionary economic geography approach. Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography #8.14 of the University of Utrecht
  • Koch, D.J., A. Dreher, P. Nunnenkamp and R. Thiele (2008) Keeping a Low Profile: What Determines the Allocation of Aid by Non-Governmental Organizations? Working Paper # 191 of the KOF Swiss Economic Institute
  • Koch, D.J. (2007) ‘Blind Spots on the Map of Aid Allocations. Concentration and Complementarity of International NGO Aid.’ Research paper # 2007/45 of the World Institute of Development Economics Research