The Hague, Netherlands

The Benefits of Business-NGO Collaboration

when 4 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1895

Businesses and NGOs are important organizations in the world, but they have different goals. Whereas business seeks to make profits by solving societal challenges, NGOs have a different priority. NGOs are seen “as social, cultural, legal, and environmental advocacy and/or operational groups that have goals that are primarily non-commercial.” Kourula and Laasonen (2009: 36). Partly due to this reason, the relationship between businesses and NGOs can sometimes be contentious, but in other situations, it can be mutually beneficial. The course explores this tension while focusing on how positive collaboration in form of cross-sector partnership can leverage the strengths of both parties in the delivery of Sustainable Development Goals.

A cross-sector partnership is a significant interaction between organizations from different sectors, in this case, businesses and NGOs, to address a common goal (Clarke & Crane, 2018).It is fairly accepted that no one organization has the resources and competencies to solve the complex socio-economic challenges of our time. Cross-sector collaborations between business and NGOs is recognized as a powerful vehicle for addressing these challenges and helping to achieve the SDGs.

The course will discuss this collaboration in general, and in particular, it will look at their benefits for the society, firm, and the NGO. It will also explore the challenges involved in such collaboration.

The module will take place in The Hague. During the 2 weeks program, we will learn more about the business-NGO collaboration using examples from around the world. We will have a schedule of classes in the morning and workshop or guest lectures in the afternoon.

Course leader

Emmanuel Ekpenyong

Course aim

•Recognize the roles of firms and NGOs in society.
•Develop the ability to set up and manage cross-sector partnerships between firms and businesses.
•Learn about the challenges associated with firm-NGO collaboration.
•Develop and build upon relations with students from various educational backgrounds and nationalities.

Fee info

EUR 1895: NOTE: fee includes academic fee, accommodation, social programme and lunch on weekdays