Renée Speijcken


  • Renée Speijcken
    Keizer Karelplein 19, 6211 TC Maastricht, The Netherlands
    +31 (0)43 3884664

    Research Interests

    • Analysing and assessing accountability policies and practices (particularly the mechanisms through which various stakeholders including aid donors interact in these processes)
    • Political and institutional aspects of governance
    • Public service delivery and aid effectiveness
    • Theory Based Evaluation and Impact assessments.


    University of Amsterdam
    Maastricht University

    Biographical Statement

    Renée currently works as a researcher and project manager in the area of governance and accountability at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG)/UNU-Merit Institute of Maastricht University.

    She is specialized in the political and institutional aspects of governance, public service delivery and aid effectiveness.  Within this field her research concentrates on analyzing and assessing accountability policies and practices and more in particular the mechanisms through which the different stakeholders, including aid donors, interact in these processes.

    Next to research Renée is involved in training courses for civil servants, elected representatives and employees of local and international NGOs and international organizations on topics ranging from ‘strengthening citizens involvement in policy and decision-making making in service delivery’ to ‘evidence based policy analysis, advocacy and evaluation’.

    Her professional experience in this area involves research, training and policy advice projects with a variety of public and private actors from countries in Latin America, Sub Sahara Africa, Asia and Europe for over more than 10 years.

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Speijcken, R. (2009), ‘Promoting Public Domestic Accountability, what are we talking about? Framing the concept of Accountability in
      Development Cooperation’, paper presented at the first Accountability Workshop organized by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2 July
      2009, The Hague, the Netherlands
    • Speijcken, R. (2009), ‘Trends and Experiences in strengthening the demand side of domestic public accountability by intensified
      involvement of citizens & their organizations and the Role of donors in this type of change processes ‘, paper presented at the Interchurch
      Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO), 9 July 2009, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    • Speijcken, R. (2009), ‘Cooperating in fostering Domestic Public Accountability: a mutual learning process between INGOs and their local
      partner organizations’, paper presented at the Helvetas Participatory Governance and Accountability Workshop, 18-23 October 2009,
      organized by The Swiss Association for International Cooperation (Helvetas), Morschach, Switzerland
    • Speijcken, R., Mackey S., Stolk, M. (2008) , ‘The different roles of Centre’s for Multiparty Democracy in Kenya and Malawi during
      elections, first findings’, 1 December 2008, presented at the African Regional Meeting of Centers for Multiparty Democracy, organized by
      the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy in The Hague, Netherlands
    • Speijcken, R. (2008), ‘Recent thinking & practices on Accountability in Development Cooperation, a Literature Review’ (unpublished
      working paper)
    • Speijcken, R. (2007), ‘Corruption and Accountability in Aid Processes’, paper presented at the Economics of Corruption Workshop &
      Training Programme, 6-13 October 2007 Passau University, Germany

    Technical Papers, Policy Briefs, etc

    • Speijcken, R. (2009), ‘Trends and Experiences in Strengthening domestic public accountability through the engagement of civil society
      organizations and citizens & the role of donors in supporting change processes’. Report for the Interchurch Organization for Development
      Cooperation (ICCO), Utrecht, the Netherlands
    • Speijcken, R. (2009), ‘The State of Institutionalization of Centre’s for Multiparty Democracy in Africa. An Inventory Study in Kenya,
      Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia’, Report for the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), The Hague, the Netherlands
    • Speijcken, R, Mackey, S, Stolk, M.(2009) ‘A Comparative Study on the role of Centres for Multiparty Democracy in Electoral Processes,
      the case of Kenya and Malawi’, Report for the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), The Hague, The Netherlands