The MSP Guide

The MSP 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. 

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The MSP Guide - now available in French

We are proud to announce that the MSP Guide is available in French! It will be available from and other places where books are sold. The pdf version is available for download on the right hand side of this page.

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MSP Tool Guide

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

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Harvard Kennedy School report on multi stakeholder initiatives

A new report titled “The role of Multi-stakeholder Initiatives in promoting the resilience of smallholder agriculture to climate change in Africa,” explores specifically how leading organizations are using multi-stakeholder solutions to tackle complex, system-wide development problems at the intersection of climate change and smallholder finance.

Talk: How to design and facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships

This lecture by Herman Brouwer of Wageningen University, The Netherlands, provides a practical framework for the design and facilitation of multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs).

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Guidelines for Innovation Platforms in Agricultural Research for Development

Decision support for research, development and funding agencies on how to design, budget and implement impactful Innovation Platforms

This important publication provides a critical analysis of Innovation Platforms, their defining features, key functions, and what they can and – as importantly – cannot do.

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Public-private-civic partnerships for sustainable landscapes

The aim of this Practical Guide is to share various organizations’ experiences in developing multi-stakeholder initiatives with strong private sector engagement and effective governance systems that promote sustainable land and water management not only at farm but also at landscape scale.

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The attitudes of the Broker of a Transforming Partnership

What does it take to broker a partnership on climate change, circular economy and other system changes?

Brokering a transforming partnership is a special kind of trade. Therefore, being a broker of a transforming partnership requires a specific set of personal attitudes.

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Political economy analysis: Topic Guide

This topic guide provides pointers to some of the key literature on political economy analysis and evidence of its impact on aid effectiveness in different contexts. It includes examples of analyses at country, sector and programme level. 

Shaping behaviour: How institutions evolve

Development is about transforming institutions – the cultural values, legal frameworks, informal arrangements, market mechanisms and political processes that perpetuate inequality, overlook market externalities and constrain economic progress. If aid is failing, as some argue, it has much to do with agencies misunderstanding institutions and how they change.

Author: Jim Woodhill

Publication date: October 2008