The power of Delfshaven Coöperatie

Results that benefit us all can only be achieved if large corporations and organizations collaborate closely with local (community) initiatives. This is the guiding maxim of the Delfshaven Coöperatie, a cooperative association that is dedicated to empowering local residents and strengthening their commitment.

Pop-up store ‘Stroop’ sells treacle waffles (Dutch: stroopwafels) that are baked by local residents. The network of entrepreneurs to which the shop belongs plays an important role in filling vacant property, to name one example. This is one of the projects supported by the Delfshaven Coöperatie: a community initiative that forms a crucial link in Rotterdam’s network of local residents, NGOs and the City of Rotterdam.

Contributing ideas as well as active participation

A telling example of the way the Delfshaven Coöperatie works is the close cooperation between local residents and housing association Havensteder in the renovation of homes. Residents were invited to contribute ideas and, more importantly, to participate actively in the renovation project, for example by lending a hand in demolition, repair and painting activities.

Park council

Park 1943 is another illustrative example of the type of area development the Delfshaven Coöperatie supports. Residents, represented in the Park council, are actively involved in the realization of water storage facilities, green spaces, and renovation activities.

Short lines

Only fifteen to twenty years ago, joint initiatives of residents, NGOs and corporations were a mere mirage, a Fata Morgana. The Delfshaven Coöperatie understands that it is particularly this direct cooperation and these short lines that lead to successful projects.

Start-up and continuity

Listed high on the agenda of the Delfshaven Coöperatie alliance, which is supported by the municipality, Havensteder and Rabobank, is not only the start-up but, more importantly, also the continuity of the projects. As funds flows at community level start to generate profits, people will start to feel a sense of ownership, involvement, and resilience that they will retain even when financial incentives run out at some point in time.



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