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Unity in Diversity

31 July 2014
Mechanisms and Practices of Cross-Sector Development Partnerships to Create Mutuality The value of cross-sector partnerships derives from an increasing level of diversity, since it translates into wider range of available resources and capabilities. However it also implies contrasting logics and interests, conflicting values, diverging expectations and approaches to value creation. Partner organisations’ inherent diversity may then become a hindrance if it stands in the way of creating synergies across partners.
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Two ppp facilities: survey results: the applicants’ perspective

7 July 2014
The Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) distributed a survey in the autumn of 2013 to all applicants of the Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) & the Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) in order to gain a better understanding of the application procedure experience.
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Collective Identity in Cross Sector Partnerships: A Research Brief

23 December 2013
Cross sector partnerships (CSPs) face the challenge of aligning diverse partners towards the same goal of social value co-creation, and in fact might conduce to conflict and inefficient use of resources. Through a study of a Dutch-Colombian partnership for the development of coffee growing families in the South Eastern regions of Colombia, the research looks into the concept of collective identity as a mechanism to help partnerships overcome such challenge.
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Development Partnerships with the Private Sector at Work

11 December 2013
Increasingly, government-led development agencies work together with the private sector in partnerships for development. Based on seven Dutch-Colombian partnership cases, with Colombian private sector involvement, this research investigated how these partnerships work in practice.
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Creating Partnering Space

11 December 2013
In the policy discourse on sustainable development, the positive role of cross-sector partnerships is increasingly stressed. Governments habitually frame their partnership approach in terms of ‘PPPs’ - Public-Private Partnerships. But it is not very clear whether these initiatives actually are a combination of ‘public’ and ‘private’, whether these initiatives actually represent a partnership and whether they provide solutions for what type of problems. This book chapter addresses these questions and explores the right fit for sustainable development partnerships.
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International Business and Sustainable Development

14 November 2013
TO BE RELEASED
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How to make cross-partnerships work? Critical success factors for partnering

29 October 2013
This study presents the insights of 294 state, market and civil society actors engaged in cross-sector partnerships all over the world. From 2008-2012 they were questioned on their experiences with -often- complex partnerships. We wanted to identify a number of common denominators that practitioners find relevant. This resulted in a top-5 list of critical success factors for partnering, an explanation why these elements are essential for effective partnerships and how they can be realised.
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Fairtrade and Climate Change - Max Havelaar Lecture 2011

25 October 2013
The 2011 report of Max Havelaar, written for the Max Havelaar lecture. Max Havelaar is the world’s first Fairtrade labeling organisation. Since 1988, the Max Havelaar certification mark has been used to guarantee consumers, that their products have been traded under fair conditions. From the vision that people can only maintain their families and communities through sufficient income from labour, a strategy was developed that addresses poverty alleviation through entrepreneurship. The standards that have been set support farmers in achieving a better deal for products such as coffee, tea, fruit, cocoa, wine and cotton.
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Managing the Transition to a Sustainable Enterprise

23 September 2013
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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Compendium on Partnerships for International Sustainable Development

31 May 2013
This compendium presents reflection essays written by participants of the module Partnerships for International Sustainable Development of the Postgraduate Course “International Sustainable Development 2013” for professionals in business and society.
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