On this page, you will find selected articles, tools, case studies, resources or links on issues relating to building effective multi-stakeholder initiatives.
Multi-stakeholder initiatives are an increasingly widely used approach to tackling specific global social and environmental challenges, but their effectiveness varies widely. This section looks at the challenges involved in deciding when to convene or join a multi-stakeholder initiative, how to identify appropriate partners, how to set up and govern the partnership, and what factors distinguish partnerships that deliver results.
Our focus is primarily on partnerships working internationally, but many of the lessons learned will also apply to partnerships at national level.
- ‘Shaping Global Partnerships for a Post 2015 World‘, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2014, c. 15 pages. Useful review of key conditions for success in global development partnerships, based on six case studies. May also help guide global campaigns of ICSO federations.
- ‘Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Building Blocks for Success‘, Pattberg and Widerberg, International Civil Society Centre, Aug 2014, 33 pages (2 page summary). Identifies 9 building blocks for success, based on six case studies and a review of wider experience
- ‘How Can You Tell if a Multi-Stakeholder Initiative is a Total Waste of Time‘: May Miller-Dawkins, Oxfam blog, March 2014, 3 pages. Identifies what type of partnerships are appropriate to tackling different types of social issues.
- ‘Introducing Global Solutions Networks‘: Understanding the New Multi-Stakeholder Models for Global Cooperation, Problem-Solving, and Governance’, Don Tapscott, Global Solutions Networks, 2013, 44 pages. A useful typology of global networks, and six characteristics of effective partnerships
- ‘Collective Impact‘, Kania and Kramer, SSIR Winter 2011, 7 pages. Based on US domestic partnership experience,but identifies five conditions for success in collective partnerships that are also relevant to international partnerships
- ‘Principles for Effective Governance of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives‘, Pins Brown for UN SRSG on Business and Human Rights consultation, Dec 2007, 20 pages. Focuses on learning from ethical trading initiatives, but draws out four key elements of effective governance which are relevant more widely
- ‘Corporate Influence in the Post 2015 Process‘, Lou Pingeot, Global Policy Forum, Jan 2014, 25 pages. Review of how and why big companies get involved in global partnerships, drawing on experience from the development of the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
- ‘The Promise of Partnerships: A Dialogue between NGOs and Donors‘: FSG, Oct 2014, 6 pages. Identifies four factors that distinguish partnerships that work
- ‘Bridge Building and Social Transformation’: David Brown, SSIR, Winter 2015, 5 pages. Identifies five common factors that underpin multi-stakeholder initiatives that deliver social transformation, with useful examples
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