Developments in FED 

ICCO intern awarded one of the highest scores ever at the Utrecht School of Governance.

Marlies Hueskes graduated on the 28th of August obtaining a 9.4 for the MSc thesis titled:

“Improving Sustainibility: Inevitable Trade-Offs in Civil Regulation.  A case study of the IDH Fruits and Vegetables Program”

In her Executive Summary Marlies writes:

“Within the current Dutch development cooperation agenda, the assumption is held that private sector instruments – for example initiatives regarding the improvement of sustainability in international supply chains – can make an important contribution to tackling major global issues. However, to date, there is no reliable evidence about whether businesses are sufficiently willing and capable of addressing those issues on a voluntary basis. Because of a decreased state capacity to regulate markets, governments often use forms of network governance (e.g. civil regulation) to address sustainability issues. In civil regulation, companies, NGOs and sometimes governments are involved, and the voluntary codes specify the responsibilities of global firms for addressing labor practices, environmental performance, and human rights policies. However, previous studies have found that these civil regulatory initiatives have serious limitations and disadvantages as well. Since the Dutch Government relies on voluntary initiatives like civil regulation, it is important to assess what they can mean for sustainability and how governments can make use of them in order to accomplish broader international cooperation objectives. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the extent to which civil regulation can be effectively used as an instrument to make supply chains more sustainable. The main research question in this context is: what are the possibilities and limitations of using civil regulation to improve the sustainability of international supply chains?”


If you are curious about her findings, please contact jeroen de Vries or look into the attachments.


Launching of APF/Hivos/ICCO trajectory on Gender in Value chains.

The first kick off meeting was held in Kenya to start the coaching on Gender in Value Chain Development with APF. see

“Moving ahead with FED”  FED week 24-28 June 2013

We want Fair Economic Development to move ahead towards 2015 and beyond. Therefore we need a clear picture of what we focus on. And how this connects to other themes and issues in ICCO Cooperation.  

We aim with this week to make a step forward in sharing ideas and experineces, amongst FED colleagues and with others in the organization.

We will use this community space to share our preparations.\

Documents and pages for FED F2F 2013:

List of linked documents
Programme (excel)  program  
high lights of presentations FED week highlights  
summary report FED week  report  
Some hints for finalizing/making a ToC for FED country programs  hints


Theory of Change in Programmatic Approach

 FED Global ToC  
Theory of Change Philippines ToC Philippines  
Guatemala ToC Guatemala ToC v2.pdf  
Madagascar ToC madagascar  
Asia Investments ToC ICCO Invests SEA.pdf  
ToC WAF coastal zone Toc WAF Coast  
Central Asia ToC Toc C Asia  
ToC Ethiopia and Kenya ToC ET and KE


For background information on key approaches to Fair Economic Development, please look at the FED-LINKS page

Link to Assessment on Gender and the Rights Based Approach in FED reporting

(This Front page is open to all ICCO staff, all children-pages and linked documents with more details will be accessible for accepted community members only. See Community members tab (right-up))

Children Pages

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Arnelo M Astillero
We are in the middle of the FED week and the focus of the week is peer coaching. We are doing the Face to Face meeting because, so far, this our only effectively way of linking and learning among the staff. I think this platform should be used more in the follow up discussions. It is a pity that this is not linked to the old wiki pages where there is so much knowledge already available.
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Posted on 6/26/13 3:52 AM.