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Sustaining multi-stakeholder processes in Africa

Apr. 24, 2012 - Apr. 25, 2012

Realizing significant change almost always involves diverse stakeholders, such as business, communities and government. Diverse interests and resources should be engaged whether the issue is poverty, health, education, water, security or the environment. 

Developing successful engagement pathways for multi-stakeholder processes (MSPs) for systemic change is the focus of the Change Alliance (CA) and an event is being organized in partnership with the Southern African Trust.

 

 

We welcome applications to participate in this event, which is designed to create an on-going sub-Saharan CA community of practice.

The Change Alliance is a global network launched in 2009 aiming to create the conditions and capacities for effective MSPs. 

It supports specific stakeholder processes and links these to a global learning platform, in which lessons learnt are shared and new knowledge and understanding about these processes are created.

Developing these strategies goes beyond organisinginteractive events or ‘workshop facilitation’ – it is about the design and facilitation of long-term, systemic change processes.

These approaches raise a number of challenges and questions:

  • What are the roles of the convening or initiating organisations (often donors)?
  • How can we bring on board a diverse group of stakeholders, especially the private sector?
  • How do we deal with conflicts, diverse interests and power imbalances? What is needed to make multi-actor collaboration locally sustainable?
  • How can these approaches be married with persistent (conventional) linear development approaches?
  • What capacities are needed to facilitate long term change processes?

This Johannesburg workshop follows a two-day Inspiring Change event held in Nairobi at the end of the year 2010. A Southern African Trust participant in that event has taken leadership to create this event, April 24-25 in Johannesburg. 
It is embedded in a strategy for longer term engagement and network development for MSPs in Africa.

The Southern Africa Trust has a history of connecting organizations and development leadership that provides network connections and infrastructure resources. It is involved in a broad range of MSPs and regional stakeholder platforms in a variety of fields. Their initiatives can be involved in the envisaged Change Alliance Network of Practice in Africa.

 

Visit the Change Alliance Website: http://www.changealliance.org/