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Facilitating MSPs to foster sustainable and inclusive food systems

Oct. 22, 2018 - Nov. 09, 2018

In this course you will learn what multi stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) are and why they are seen as a key strategy for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.


We will explore the key principles for effective MSPs discuss how to design and facilitate them, and practice with a range of participatory tools.

Using interactive approaches to learn and innovate with a diverse range of stakeholders
Are you in the challenging position to design, facilitate or participate in complex change partnerships, in which diverse stakeholders are involved? Are you wondering how best to deal with power dynamics and conflicts? What the best strategies are when working in such complex situations? How to create social learning processes and enable effective communication between the different actors? The Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP) course helps you in taking up this challenge!

Using and learning from your own experience
The course is highly interactive and builds on the participants’ own experiences and cases of MSPs. You will have active discussions, work on group assignments, engage in role-plays and undertake fieldwork to explore a real-life MSP. You will practice with a wide range of participatory methodologies and tools. The course facilitators follow a flexible programme that allows adaptation to the specific needs of individuals and the group.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will be able to:

  • to understand the concepts and rationale of multi-stakeholder partnerships, complexity and institutional change;
  • to analyse different types of multi-stakeholder partnerships in terms of the issues at stake, the stakeholders, their interests, (power) relations, conflicts, external context, etc.;
  • to discover how to design and plan an extended MSP;
  • to practice and learn how to use a broad range of participatory methodologies and tools in MSPs;
  • to be challenged on your own facilitation, and communication skills.

Target audience
We welcome participants who are involved, or will be involved in the future, in the facilitation of multi-stakeholder partnerships. You may work for an NGO, government, private sector organisation, research facility, university or consultancy and you are in the challenging position to design, facilitate or participate in MSPs. Proficiency in English is required.


Campus Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands

Fee: 3,900 Euro
Deadline subscription: 20 August 2018
Deadline OKP/MENA fellowships: 20 March 2018