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.

How a refugee agency can work with the private sector

When the United Nations’ Refugee Agency UNHCR wanted to find out more about working with the private sector in operational partnerships in 2019, it asked the Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) to assess the evidence. The UNHCR aims to improve the way it protects, assists, and addresses the needs of refugees, asylum seekers, returnees and stateless people.

PrC worked with researchers of the Public-Private Partnership Center at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and with associate researcher Marije Balt. After almost a year of gathering facts and considering the analysis, PrC’s research team under the leadership of managing director Marieke de Wal produced an official report with recommendations for working in private sector partnerships, which has now been published by the UNHCR.


  • Enroll to grow your partnership practice - PBA Advanced Skills course, 8 – 12 June, London

  • New cohort obtaining certificate in Brokering Remote Partnerships!

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

  • Find out more about our latest 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).