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NWO/WOTRO awards new research project "How can inclusive business strategies contribute to inclusive development in Sub-Saharan Africa?"



Dutch firms investing in Africa are increasingly searching for more ‘inclusive’ business models. By doing this, they can create a positive relationship with ‘inclusive growth/development’ of a country. It is suggested that an important precondition for this link to materialize is through elaborate partnerships with non-market actors like NGOs and (local) governments.
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Partnership brokers training



A 4-day skills training course for those brokering multi-stakeholder partnerships that includes:
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Prof Sandra Waddock (Boston College) receives LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD



Professor Sandra Waddock, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility and Professor of Management at Boston College, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award in Collaboration Research sponsored by The Partnerships Resource Centre, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University at the 4th International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions (CSSI), 29-30 May 2014 at Suffolk University Boston, USA.
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Research Findings Release: Development Partnerships with the Private Sector at Work



In October 2013, the Partnerships Resource Centre has presented the findings of a review of seven partnerships with the private sector facilitated by the Dutch Embassy in Bogota in Colombia. The research results provide insights how development partnerships with the private sector work in Colombia, and in particular how they have managed to create both business value and development impact. The research revealed lessons learned for partnership management, for organizations involved as partners in partnerships and for donor agencies facilitating partnerships in Colombia.
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Uitslag Partnership Verkiezing 2013 (Dutch only)



De winnaars van de Partnership Verkiezing 2013 zijn bekend. In de categorie nieuwe corporate partnership vond de vijfkoppige jury het voorstel van Albert Heijn en Icco uiteindelijk het best. De samenwerking heeft als doel kleine avocadoboeren uit het noorden van Zuid-Afrika aan te sluiten op de productieketen van Albert Heijn.
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New classics added to paper repository



In the paper repository, the PrC provides papers written by third parties. Two articles have been added to Categorie A, the classics. These arcticles should be read by everybody interested in partnerships.
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8th Annual Review of Social Partnerships released



ARSP is a unique international publication that is transdisciplinary and bridges the theory-practice divide by profiling multiple types of scholarship (discovery, integration, engagement, and teaching & learning).
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3-week partnership training successfully completed



On November 8 (2013) an intensive 3-week Training on “Effective Partnership Management” (EMP) was successfully completed by an international group of executives. The 12 partnership managers originated from 9 countries all over the world including Algeria, Georgia, Ghana, Iraq, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, South Africa and Uganda. The EPM course is a joint project of the Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC, Rotterdam) and the Maastricht School of Management (MSM, Maastricht).
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Max Havelaar Report 2011 released



On Wednesday October 30, the 5th Max Havelaar lecture took place in Rotterda where the Max Havelaar Report 2011 was released. The Max Havelaar report and lecture were a co-production between a leader in sustainable banking, Peter Blom (CEO of Triodos Bank and President of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values) and an upcoming social entrepreneur, Adrian de Groot Ruiz (executive director of True Price Foundation). Prof. Rob van Tulder (EUR) first set the scene by asking the question of how fair trade can change the mindset of business.
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Post 2015 report



This UN report is written by a twenty-seven person panel to make recommendations to the secretary-general of the UN on the development agenda beyond 2015. They have consulted extensively, in every region and across many sectors, including listening to the voices and priorities of people living in poverty themselves.
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Managing the Transition to a Sustainable Enterprise



Lessons from Frontrunner Companies by Rob van Tulder, Rob Tilburg, Mara Francken and Andrea Rosa. How do businesses make the business case for sustainability? A new and revised English edition of an award-nominated Dutch book reveals the decision-making processes and perceptions of CEOs and middle managers that shape their organisation’s transition to sustainable business.
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Partnership helps African shea nut producers supply to the cosmetics industry



Researchers from the Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) and the Maastricht School of Management (MsM) found out how a public-private partnership in Burkina Faso helped linking female shea nut producers to the commercial market. The partnership between a private shea processing company, a local service provider and the Dutch development organisation ICCO enabled female producers to sell their collected shea nuts for a fixed, premium price to an international shea processing company for the cosmetic industry. The partnership facilitated the necessary trainings and coaching to female producer organisations on quality aspects, traceability and financial managament. The study report shows that the ‘hands-on approach’ of the service provider in the partnership, played an important role in the processes of joint navigation of the partners under whimsical market conditions and stubborn local practices. Without the partnership, the formal requirements of a Western company and the customs of Burkinabe female producers could not easily be reconciled.
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Network meetings promote business-to-business relations in Ethiopian food value chains



Halfway 2011 an extensive collaboration between researchers from the Partnerships Resource Centre/Maastricht School of Management and SNV Ethiopia came to an end. It examined four multi-stakeholder networks aimed at improved market access for Ethiopian honey, dairy, oilseeds and fruit value chain stakeholders. The export of the first high quality Ethiopian table honey to the European market in 2008 was one of the significant outcomes of the Business Organisations and their Access to Markets (BOAM) program established by SNV in 2005.
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Partnership Brokers Training - 7 – 11 October 2013, Amsterdam



There is a growing demand worldwide from business, public sector, civil society and donor agencies for greater competence in scoping and managing the partnering process in non-traditional partnerships and cross-sector collaboration.
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Discussie over effectiviteit Publiek Private Partnerschappen dreigt versimpeld te worden



Article in Dutch about an IOB study on Public Private Partnerships and their (positive?) effects.
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Press release 'Doing Business in Africa'



First ever systematic management book on Dutch entrepreneurship in Africa launched with major contribution of RSM professor. Doing business in Africa – a strategic guide for entrepreneurs - is a joint production of Berenschot, the Partnerships Resource Centre at RSM Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Netherlands African Business Council. The book will be launched Thursday 18 January in a meeting with the Minister of International Trade and Development Lilianne Ploumen in a festive meeting at the headquarters of Heineken in Amsterdam. Prof. Rob van Tulder of the PrC and the Department of Business-Society Management is one of the lead authors of the book. The book, in his words, brings together ‘business practice, academia and policy for the first time to present a broad perspective on Dutch entrepreneurship in Africa. The book continues where others stop, not only pointing to macroeconomic opportunities and challenges, but showing how to actually do business and reap a sustainable competitive advantage in Africa’.
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Collaborating for a Sustainable Future



As Jo Confino, chair of Guardian Sustainable Business, wrote at the close of the Rio +20 Conference in June 2012, “the most often used phrases in the many meetings I attended [were] the need to create ‘coalitions of the willing’ and a recognition that ‘all issues are inter-connected’ and cannot be viewed in silos”. In effect, proponents of more and better collaboration (e.g. between businesses, businesses and governments, businesses and NGOs, and multi-actor partnerships between all three) were not only big winners Post-Rio, but collaboration continues to be viewed as one of the few models that could catalyze solutions to the sustainable development challenges that we face at the speed and scale that we need.
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“Door samenwerken ontstaat vertrouwen”



Interview (in Dutch) with PrC director Rob van Tulder.
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Access to Medicine Index 2012 released



The 2012 Access to Medicine Index was published on November 28th, 2012. The report evaluates the top 20 pharmaceutical companies' access to medicine activities.
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Fourteen Successful Partnership Managers



From 22 October - 9 November 2012 fourteen participants have successfully completed the Executive Training “Effective Partnership Management (EPM)”. The intensive 3-weeks course, organised as a joint effort by the Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC, Rotterdam) and the Maastricht School of Management (MSM, Maastricht) attracted highly qualified and motivated project managers from 12 countries worldwide, including Lebanon, Ghana, Morocco, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Georgia.
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Annual Review of Social Partnerships



The 7th issue of the Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP) was published recently. The four section editors bring you the latest on Partnership related Publications (Dr. Arno Kourula), Pedagogy Resources (Dr. Jennifer S.A. Leigh), Practitioner Events (Jessica Mankowski) and Academic Events (Dr. Marlene Le Ber).
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Report: Impact question addressed at 3rd International Symposium



On 24-25 May the Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) at RSM Erasmus University Rotterdam (in collaboration with University of Hull business school) hosted the 3rd international symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions (CSSI). The chosen theme was “Making a Difference - Enhancing the Impact of Partnerships for the social good”. Following the two previous CSSI symposia, the 3rdInternational Symposium on CSSI took up one of the most important challenges of contemporary partnership research: how to approach the ‘impact’ question. The symposium brought together researchers as well as practitioners from a variety of areas. Compared to previous CSSI symposia, the third symposium added an extra day in order to allow for interactive sessions consisting of presentations by scholars, practitioners and PhD students. All participants agreed at the end of the symposium that its aim to support efforts of institutionalizing this area of research and further contributing to the creation a well-functioning international community of scholars and practitioners, had been achieved.
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Boek ‘Duurzaam ondernemen waarmaken’ toont duurzaamheidsomslag 20 vooraanstaande Nederlandse bedrijven



Op 28 september presenteerde Stichting Management Studies tijdens een druk bezocht middagsymposium in Amersfoort het nieuwe boek “Duurzaam ondernemen waarmaken, het bedrijfskundig perspectief”. Het boek is gebaseerd op een onderzoek dat Royal HaskoningDHV (Ir. Rob van Tilburg van DHV, drs. Mara Francken) en de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (prof.dr. Rob van Tulder van RSM/EUR en Andrea da Rosa MSc ) uitvoerden naar de implementatie van duurzaam ondernemen bij 20 vooraanstaande Nederlandse bedrijven.
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“Duurzaam ondernemen vergt visie over partnerschappen“



RSM Erasmus Universiteit, in samenwerking met RoyalHaskoningDHV en Stichting Management Studies presenteert boek over duurzaam ondernemen.
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Launch publication: CSO’s and Businesses; joint agents for change



PSO, ICCO, Centre for Development Innovation (Wageningen University) and the Partnership Resource Centre (Erasmus University, Rotterdam) proudly present a joint publication with the latest insights on cooperation between Business and Civil Society actors for development.
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Executive Training Course



Many of today’s societal, environmental, business and humanitarian challenges are so complex and interconnected that they can only be tackled by different sectors working together. From local multi-stakeholder collaborations to global alliances: governments, business, civil society, and development agencies are joining their resources and competencies to stimulate innovation, maximise impact, and ensure sustainability.
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De Partnership Verkiezing 2012



Dit jaar ondersteunt het PrC een bijzonder initiatief: De Partnership Verkiezing 2012. In De Partnership Verkiezing 2012 gaan Young Professionals de uitdaging aan om een innovatief partnerschap te ontwikkelen.
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Photos Symposium



On May 24 and 25, the Partnerships Resource Centre organized the 3rd International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
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SOMO publishes strategic guide on Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives for civil society organizations



How can civil society organizations improve their positions in negotiations with the business world, be it in alliances, dialogues or round tables? In a guidebook titled ‘Multi-stakeholder initiatives. A strategic guide for civil society organizations’ that is published today, SOMO researcher Mariëtte van Huijstee describes a strategic action perspective for civil society organizations (CSOs) who are involved in multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs).
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Partnerships Brokers Training by NCDO



There is a growing demand worldwide from business, public sector, civil society and donor agencies for greater competence in scoping and managing the partnering process in non-traditional partnerships and cross-sector collaboration.
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Public-private Partnerships for SME development: Experiences from UNDP in El Salvador



During her internship with UNDP El Salvador, Nasim Payandeh has summarized first experiences of the UNDP Supplier Development Programme. By applying the Partnership M&E Framework, developed by the PrC, her research uncovered challenges and best practices related to partnership management and operation, partner relationships, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, poverty reduction efforts as well as partnership replication and sustainability. The findings are presented in a report which highlights amongst others the importance of empowering the beneficiaries for program success, the key role of the private sector and the importance of vision and objective alignment for effective partnerships.
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OneforOne beste partnerschap van 2011



AMSTERDAM - Het partnerschap tussen OHRA, MicroEnsure, een verzekeraar voor ontwikkelingslanden, en ONEforONE is volgens de jury van de campagne 11 Partners in 2011 en de lezers van NUzakelijk de beste samenwerking tussen een bedrijf en non-gouvernementele organisatie van 2011. Volgens de jury van de campagne, met daarin onder meer vertegenwoordigers van het Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken en het Partnership Resource Centre, hebben OHRA, MicroEnsure en ONEforONE het meest innovatieve en interessante businessmodel.
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Participation in Busan



PrC participated in the 4thHigh Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness From 29.11 to 01.12.2011 the international development community met in Busan (South Korea) to discuss the shift from aid effectiveness to development effectiveness.
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Action research in Philippines



Action Research in the Philippines for “Escaping the Middle-Income Country Trap”
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Multie-stakeholdersplatforms OGEM report



Multi-stakeholderplatforms: an Analysis of approach and effectivity By Ank Jansen, Rutger Schilpzand, Hylke Brunt of Schuttelaar & Partners in close cooperation with Rob van Tulder, Partnerships Resource Centre for COGEM, the Commission on Genetic Modification
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Practioners Exchange on Partnership Strategies



On November 2, 2011 the 22 participants of the Executive Partnership Management (EPM) Training visited the PrC and Rotterdam. They exchanged ideas and knowledge on partnership strategies with experts from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cargill and Oxfam-Novib. A lunch session was dedicated to knowledge exchange with 16 participants of the RSM Executive Training on NGO Management.
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22 participants successfully completed the Executive Training “Effective Partnership Management”



22 participants successfully completed the Executive Training “Effective Partnership Management” The executive course on Effective Partnership Management (EPM) has been organized as a joint effort of MSM and the PrC from 17 October to 4 November 2011. 22 participants from 11 countries attended the three week’s very intensive and interactive course.
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Speech Knapen at MSM on partnerships



Ben Knapen, secretary of state for foreign affairs visited MSM last week where he spoke about partnerships is the new development area: http://www.msm.nl/Introduction/News/Latest-News/Debate-with-Minister-for-European-affairs-and-Inte.aspx A quote: “Another leading example is the Partnerships Resource Centre, in which our host – the Maastricht School of Management – joins forces with Wageningen University, Amsterdam Business School and the Rotterdam School of Management. This Resource Centre brings science and practice together. Foreign Affairs can benefit from this valuable approach, and gladly supports this initiative.”
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Call for Papers! - Symposium: Making a Difference - Enhancing the Impact of Partnerships for the social good



Call for Abstracts and Posters 3rd International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions 24-25 May 2012, University of Erasmus, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Special website symposium



Symposium: Making a Difference - Enhancing the Impact of Partnerships for the social good 3rd International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions 24-25 May 2012, University of Erasmus, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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Possible collaboration PrC and Partnering Initiative



Memorandum of Understanding is drafted on November 13th between The Partnerships Resource Centre and The Partnering Initiative, London Elena Korf and Stuart Reid of the Partnering Initiative visited the Partnerships Resource Centre to discuss possible cooperation.
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Important role for PrC in side event during the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan



Ministry of Foreign Affairs: invitation partnerships for inclusive business
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Annual Review of Social Partnerships



An International Annual Edition on Cross Sector Social Partnerships with an emphasis on Nonprofit-Business Partnerships.
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PrC involved in organisation of side event



PrC plays a role on side event during the Fourth High Level Form on Aid Effectiveness in Busan/South Korea.
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Dutch embassies in Sub-saharan Africa facilitate PPPs of Dutch firms



The first results of a research by Berenschot consultants, the Parnterships Resource Centre and Netherlands-African Business Council are available. They show - amongst other findings - that Dutch embassies actively fulfil a 'broker' role towards Dutch firms.
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Dutch development NGOs are increasingly collaborating with private sector actors



Dutch Non-Governmental development Organizations (NGOs) are increasingly engaging in partnerships with private sector organization. The Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) has researched the motives for collaboration of the largest NGOs in the Netherlands (a total of ninety), including ICCO and Plan Netherlands, but also Solidaridad and the Juliana Foundation. This study is the first systematic research on motives, patterns and strategic choices of partnerships between NGOs and companies in particular. A widespread pattern of partnerships emerges, of which the logic is not always apparent. One third of the NGOs does not engage in partnerships with companies at all.
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Partnerships Resource Centre at conference on 'Partnering for food security and water 2012-2015'



On June 21st 2011, Rob van Tulder and Stella Pfisterer from the Partnerships Resource Centre attended a conference on ‘Partnering for food security and water 2012-15’ organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in Kijkduin.
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The Partnerships Resource Centre in the Colombian news!



Director of the centre, Rob van Tulder, and Research Associate Stella Pfisterer went to Colombia in July 2011. Their purpose was the presentation of the findings based on the field research in Colombia earlier this year. Several dissemination workshops and seminars were held with project managers of the partnerships, professionals from Colombian organisations and academics from Colombian universities.
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Researchers' Seminar: International Business and Cross-Sector Partnerships for Sustainable Develoment



The Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) in cooperation with the university EAFIT organize a research seminar on International Business and Cross-Sector Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Bogota (Colombia).
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Turnover fair trade quadrupled!



Over the last five years, total turnover of fair trade has quadrupled worldwide. In food alone, revenues increased from € 815 million in 2004 to 3,4 billion in 2009. In developing countries, the smaller non-food sector, however, provided for much employment compared to the food sector. These numbers, that testify to the success of fair trade, are derived from research carried out under the supervision of the Partnerships Resource Centre at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. This Facts & Figures report is an answer to the question: “What is the reach of fair trade?”
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Call for Papers! - Symposium: Making a Difference - Enhancing the Impact of Partnerships for the social good



Call for Abstracts and Posters 3rd International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions 24-25 May 2012, University of Erasmus, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Launch of the Partnerships Resource Centre successful



On Thursday May 26th, the Partnerships Resource Centre celebrated its' official launch with the presentation of "the State of Partnerships Report 2010" and introducing the centre's new website. Representatives of different organisations from market and civil society as well as government attended this special event.

PPP training for Dutch policy makers



In cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs the PrC designed and implemented a PPP training for governmental officials from several Dutch Ministries.
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May 26 - Official launch of the Partnerships Resource Centre



On May 26th 2011, the Partnerships Resource Centre will have its official launch. The presentation will take place where the administration of the centre is located: the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
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Joint research project in Colombia



In Colombia, the PrC and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bogotá are working in a joint research project to understand the drivers of partnership success especially in a conflict-ridden environment.
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First Executive course is successful



18 October – 5 November the first Executive course on Effective Partnership Management (EPM) has been organized as a joint effort of MSM and the PrC .
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