Rob Kuijpers PhD is a development economist with broad experience in impact evaluation, policy research, and policy advice. His expertise covers such topics as agricultural development, value chain development, food and nutrition security, responsible business conduct, export promotion, applied econometrics, and contribution analysis. His ambition is to use data and research insights to contribute to evidence-based policy change that benefits both people and the planet.
He has advised and worked with a wide variety of organizations such as the World Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, FAO, CBI, RVO, and NGOs (AGRA, Solidaridad, IFDC, Abi-trust, AVSI), private companies, and several departments and embassies of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He has done field research in several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and North Africa.
Over the past decades, there has been an extensive transformation in global agri-food value chains, resulting in advances in efficiency, food quality, and food safety. Despite this transformation, many farmers and labourers active as primary producers in these chains have not experienced improvements in their living standards. Based on a study conducted in 2020 by KIT Royal Tropical Institute and Oxfam Novib, this paper explores value chain approaches that reduce social inequality and enable smallholder farmers and labourers to have decent livelihoods.
Are voluntary multi-stakeholder approaches to responsible business conduct effective?
This report presents the findings of the evaluation of sector-level agreements on Responsible Business Conduct (henceforth RBC agreements). The evaluation was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the context of its project ‘Putting Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Measures in Perspective’ to evaluate and review its current policy on RBC. The objective of this evaluation is to gain insight into the extent to which RBC agreements advance the implementation of due diligence in conformity with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in Dutch ‘high-risk’ sectors.