The guide has been written for those directly involved in MSPs – as a stakeholder, leader, facilitator or funder – to provide both the conceptual foundations and practical tools that underpin successful partnerships.
What’s inside draws on the direct experience of staff from the Centre of Development Innovation (CDI), at Wageningen University & Research Centre, in supporting MSP processes in many countries around the world. The guide also compiles the ideas and materials behind CDI’s annual three week international course on facilitating MSPs and social learning.
This work has been inspired by the motivation and passion that comes when people dare to “walk in each other’s shoes” to find new paths toward shared ambitions for the future.
2 Multi-stakeholder partnerships
What are Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships?
Characteristics of an MSP
Different MSPs for different purposes
Who is involved in an MSP?
Designing and facilitating an MSP process
When is an MSP the right choice?
3 Designing the process
The process model
Phase 1: Initiating
Phase 2: Adaptive planning
Phase 3: Collaborative action
Phase 4: Reflective monitoring
Process design in practice
4 Seven principles that make MSP effective
Principle 1: Embrace systemic change
Principle 2: Transform institutions
Principle 3: Work with power
Principle 4: Deal with conflict
Principle 5: Communicate effectively
Principle 6: Promote collaborative leadership
Principle 7: Foster participatory learning
5 From design to practice
The human dimension
6 Choosing tools
Tools for connection
Tools for shared language
Tools for divergence
Tools for co-creation
Tools for convergence
Tools for commitment
7 MSPs in action
A civil society perspective
A business platform perspective
A public sector perspective
A producer organisation’s perspective
A science perspective
8 Additional Resources