Our Publications

Our Publications

  • G. Schouten (Greetje)
  • S. Vellema (Sietze)
  • J.C.A.C. van Wijk (Jeroen)
Monday, 18 April 2016
The past two decades saw a rapid proliferation of sustainability standards created by multi-stakeholder partnerships of multinationals and international NGOs. This paper argues that the transformative capacity of these global partnerships to bring about sustainable change largely depends on how well...
Diffusion of global sustainability standards: The institutional fit of the ASC-shrimp standard in Indonesia cover
  • G. Schouten (Greetje)
  • V. Bitzer (Verena)
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
The objective of this paper is to understand and trace the emergence of Southern standards in global agricultural value chains. While the trend towards private standards established by developed country or 'Northern' actors has received significant attention in the literature, recently an emergent...
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  • P. Glasbergen (Pieter)
  • G. Schouten (Greetje)
Monday, 1 June 2015
Since the mid-1990s, private sustainability standards and certification schemes have aimed to introduce a new paradigm in the trade of agricultural commodities. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty about the transformative capacity of these arrangements. This paper discusses three plausible...
Transformative capacities of global private sustainability standards cover
Friday, 7 November 2014
It goes without debate that international supply or value chains only add real value to a selected group of companies and people. Cost and benefits are difficult to assess and even more difficult to be distributed in a ‘fair’ manner. The 2013 Max Havelaar lecture brought these three perspectives...
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  • S.M. Pfisterer (Stella)
  • N. Payandeh (Nasim)
  • S. Reid
Friday, 31 October 2014
Agreements are a key mechanism of partnerships because their role is to govern interactions. They help partnerships become more effective by allowing partners to cope with relational, performance and situational risks that characterise inter-organisational relationships.The Partnerships Resource...
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Friday, 31 October 2014

This booklet provides an understanding of what community and target group involvement – male and female – actually implies. It gives concrete guidelines on how to incorporate gender strategies and ensure community involvement in partnerships for development. In addition, this publication aims to aid partnerships in the process of developing their project plan. Succeeding in incorporating the people’s perspective in project plans is not only likely to improve partnerships’ chance at obtaining funding for their projects, but will also greatly benefit the social and financial sustainability of the partnerships. This booklet can help applicants of future calls for PPP facilities. Gender has gained a more central role in the application procedures of many facilities. Policy makers can find input on how community involvement can become an integrated aspect in the formulation of partnerships.

The People’s Perspective : Making Communities a Success Factor for Partnerships cover
  • N. Payandeh (Nasim)
  • S.M. Pfisterer (Stella)
Friday, 31 October 2014
Cross-sector development partnerships (CSDPS) are considered mechanisms for collaborative value creation at the societal, organisational and individual level. However, a criticism of these types of multi-stakeholder approaches is that many times, beneficiaries – a crucial stakeholder – are merely at...
Nuestras experiencias con la alianza publico privada: Reflexiones de los Caficultores de Nariño cover
  • N. Payandeh (Nasim)
  • S.M. Pfisterer (Stella)
Friday, 31 October 2014
Cross-sector development partnerships (CSDPS) are considered mechanisms for collaborative value creation at the societal, organisational and individual level. However, a criticism of these types of multi-stakeholder approaches is that many times, beneficiaries – a crucial stakeholder – are merely at...
How We Have Experienced the Public Private Partnership: Reflections from Nariño’s Coffee Growers cover
  • S.M. Pfisterer (Stella)
  • N. Payandeh (Nasim)
Thursday, 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...
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