Tosca Bruno-Van Vijfeijken
Director, Transnational NGO Initiative
Adjunct Faculty, Public Administration and International Affairs
M.A., University of Leiden, 1987
Transnational civil society organizations including NGOs: their governance, leadership and effectiveness; program and organizational evaluation, international development aid
PAI/PSC 713: Governance and Global Civil Society
Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken has worked on international development and civil society issues for almost 30 years, both in practice as well as in academia. She has been the Director of the Transnational NGO Initiative (TNGO Initiative) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University since 2003. Tosca focuses on the governance, leadership and effectiveness of INGOs, and directs the TNGO Leadership Institute and its related customized leadership development work with INGOs. Tosca also works on change leadership and management in INGOs, and on evaluation. She is a board member of InterAction and Public Interest Registry and occasionally engages as executive coach with senior INGO leaders. As a former international development practitioner, Tosca worked at the European Center for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in the Netherlands, served as UN District Electoral Supervisor in Cambodia during the UNTAC peacekeeping operation, and worked with UNDP and PACT in Cambodia (1992-1994). Tosca also worked at the World Bank (1995-2001) in Washington DC and Vietnam.
Vijfeijken, T., Lux, S., Neupane, S., and Singh, R. Final Assessment: Amnesty’s Global Transition Program,
Maxwell School, Syracuse University, May 2017.
Carlisle J., Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Tosca and Jayawickrama, Sherine.
2016. Measuring International NGO Agency-Level Results.
InterAction. (pp 1-48)
Steven J. and Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Tosca. 2013: From Alliance to International: The Global Transformation
of Save the Children. Teaching Notes. Syracuse: Program for the
Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC).
Vijfeijken, Tosca and Karen Schuler. 2013: CEO Succession and Transition: Why
it pays to be prepared for CEO transitions. Monthly Developments
Magazine 31 (7), 53
Vijfeijken, Tosca, Uwe Gneiting, and Hans Peter Schmitz 2011: How does CCCD Affect Program Effectiveness and
Sustainability? A Meta Review of Plan’s Evaluations. Moynihan
Institute of Global Affairs.
Vijfeijken, Tosca, Uwe Gneiting, Hans Peter Schmitz, and Otto Valle 2010:
Rights-Based Approach to Development. Learning from Guatemala, a report
commissioned by Plan International, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs.
Danielle and Tosca Bruno-Van Vijfeijken 2009: Which Measurement Matters?,
in Monday Developments 27 (9), 26-7.
Uwe, Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Hans Peter Schmitz, and Ricardo Gomez 2009:
Setting Higher Goals: Rights and Development, in: Monday
Developments 27 (12), 19-20.
David and Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken 2013. The Planned Close of an NGO: Evidence for a New
Organizational Form? Voluntas 24 (1): 262-275.
Hans Peter, Paloma Raggo, and Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken 2012. Accountability
of Transnational NGOs: Aspirations vs. Practice, Nonprofit
and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 41 (6), 1176-95.
Vijfeijken, Tosca and Hans Peter Schmitz 2011. A Gap between Ambition and Effectiveness, Journal
of Civil Society 7 (3), 287-293.