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The MSP Guide

Update: The MSP Guide will soon be available in Spanish!

With support from AFE Colombia (Asociación de Fundaciones Familiares y Empresariales) our publisher Practical Action is working on this translation. We hope it will hit the stores by late August. The pdf version will as usual be free.

Last year, the Centre of Development Innovation (CDI), of Wageningen University & Research has launched "The MSP Guide: How to Design and Facilitate Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships".

Based on the many positive responses, we have worked with Practical Action Publishing to release a second edition in May 2016.

This book is now available from webshops and bookstores, see links below. An e-book version will follow soon. Interestingly, the PDF of the full book remains available for free at

The guide links the underlying rationale for multi-stakeholder partnerships, with a clear four phase process model, a set of seven core principles, key ideas for facilitation and 60 participatory tools for analysis, planning and decision making. 

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 CDI 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.

On the right of this page you can access the full PDF version of The MSP Guide. You can also download the MSP Guide in French, and the MSP Tool Guide, containing the detailed descriptions of the 60 MSP tools. Extended descriptions of the 60 tools of the Guide are also available here.

Want to read a review first? The Inclusive Business Hub made the MSP Guide the Editor’s Choice of the month of May 2016.

Hard copies and e-book versions of the MSP Guide are available at, Amazon, and

The MSP Tool Guide

The official companion to the MSP Guide, containing 60 tools to facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships, is now available online.

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Testimonials on the MSP Guide