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Analysing stakeholder power dynamics in multi-stakeholder processes: insights of practice from Africa and Asia

Authors: Brouwer, H., Hiemstra, W., Vugt, S.v. & Walters, H.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal 9(3): 11-31

This paper examines different practical methods for stakeholders to analyse power dynamics in multi-stakeholders processes (MSPs), taking into account the ambiguous and uncertain nature of complex adaptive systems. It reflects on an action learning programme which focused on 12 cases in Africa and Asia put forward by 6 Dutch development non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The ambition of this programme was to translate academic insights into easy-to-use packages, suitable for researchers and facilitators with limited academic experience.

The cases range from a Nigerian NGO coalition dealing with oil spills in Niger Delta, to gold mining negotiations in Ghana, to a seaweed value chain in Philippines, to land planning for palm oil in Indonesia.