Tosca Bruno-Van Vijfeijken

Director, Transnational NGO Initiative


Contact Information

346E Eggers Hall
(315) 443-5073
Curriculum Vitae
Tosca Bruno van Vijfeijken CV

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. 


Bruno-van Vijfeijken, T., Lux, S., Neupane, S., and Singh, R. Final Assessment: Amnesty’s Global Transition Program, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, May 2017.

Levine, Carlisle J., Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Tosca and Jayawickrama, Sherine. 2016.  Measuring International NGO Agency-Level Results. InterAction. (pp 1-48)

Lux, Steven J. and Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Tosca. 2013: From Alliance to International: The Global Transformation of Save the ChildrenTeaching Notes. Syracuse: Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC).  

Bruno-van 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

Bruno-van 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. 

Bruno-van 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.

Heiberg, Danielle and Tosca Bruno-Van Vijfeijken 2009: Which Measurement Matters?, in Monday Developments 27 (9), 26-7.

Gneiting, 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.

Berlan, David and Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken 2013. The Planned Close of an NGO: Evidence for a New Organizational Form? Voluntas 24 (1): 262-275.

Schmitz, Hans Peter, Paloma Raggo, and Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken 2012. Accountability of Transnational NGOs: Aspirations vs. PracticeNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 41 (6), 1176-95.

Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Tosca and Hans Peter Schmitz 2011. A Gap between Ambition and EffectivenessJournal of Civil Society 7 (3), 287-293.