Everyone has her hobby horses. If you are working as an independent advisor, you have to find a balance between what your customers want, and what your own motivation tells you to do. In order to make this dilemma clear, I have made a distinction between my activities for the customer, and my activities based on my own interest. Sometimes they overlap and even strengthen each other.
If we want to identify those win-win coverages, both sides of the cooperation partners should be aware of the opportunities to use the area of interest. I am therefore providing information on these pages about my hobby horses. It allows the customer to say: "Please do not go into your impact assessment (or impunity, or Indonesia) bias too far when carrying out my assignment!" And s/he may also say: "This is precisely what I need."
Human rights impact assessment: if you want to improve your effectiveness in the field of human rights, you have to know where and how you have had optimal impact, and why. Learning from this assessment facilitates more strategic planning next time, with better needs assessment, and ultimately, hopefully, more impact. Read the background here.
In brief the interests are:
Impunity: the mechanism by which perpetrators of human rights violations are not being punished according to law, is an underlying cause, or even a motor for continued human rights violations. Read more about this here.
Indonesia is the country where I saw human rights violations in daily life, where I spoke with victims and activists on what to do, and where I was able to keep track of developments over more than thirty years. Read more about my experiences here.