The Partnerships Resource Centre

The Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) is an international research– and knowledge center for public-private collaboration for sustainable and inclusive development. Embedded within Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) of the Erasmus University (EUR), PrC as flagship center bridges science and practice. PrC aims to understand how cross-sector partnerships work and how they can contribute to sustainable transformations. The PrC’s Knowledge Agenda focuses on: creating knowledge to enhance the transformative capacity of partnerships, connecting academic and practical knowledge to support mutual learning and sharing knowledge to guide navigation and strategizing processes of partnering.

PrC's cooperation with the Global Diplomacy Lab

Five years ago, the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) was founded to advance more inclusive and agile formats of diplomacy and international cooperation to deal with cross-border and global challenges. Since then, GDL has established a global ecosystem characterised by mutual accountability, respect and inclusiveness, and has delivered positive transformational change.

In 2019, PrC joint the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) as knowledge partner to support the future strategy development of the GDL. In a joint action research project, we collected experiences of the leading partners, previous challenge holders that work(ed) with GDL and the GDL members to distill the power of GDL and identify what impact have been achieved.

The final strategy document envisions a Diplomacy 4.0 and embraces a wide variety of ideas that represent the diversity of GDL members and partners.

Identifying and developing this approach – building the boat while sailing – was from time to time challenging, but a valuable learning experience for all involved.


  • Latest publication about governing partnerships in post-conflict settings

  • Interview on Sustainable Development Goal 12 by Rob van Tulder.

  • Find out more about our publication together with PBL: 'Dutch companies' approach to preserving biodiversity and natural capital mapped out' (in Dutch)

  • Video on Academic insights into partnerships for the goals (SDG 17).

  • How to recognize sustainable leadership (read the Dutch article on the P+ website).