Multi-stakeholder Processes for Governance and Sustainability

Author:  Minu Hemmati
Publication Date: 2002

This book begins by recognizing that multi-stakeholder processes are an important tool in achieving a more sustainable future and by describing sustainable development as a process itself. The author herself describes the book as being about how people and organisations can work together in an increasingly complex political, social and economic environment.

Perspectives on Partnership: Highlights of a Literature Review

Authors: Douglas Horton, Gordon Prain and Graham Thiele
Publication Date: April 2010

The Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative seeks to increase the contributions of agricultural research to sustainable reductions in poverty. This paper, a summary of a wider literature review,  begins by outlining the fact that partnerships are now seen as essential strategies in mobilising resources and capacities toward innovation, knowledge generation and decision-making processes.

Troubles on the way: An analysis of the challenges faced by multi-stakeholder platforms

Author: Nicolas Faysse
Publication Date: 2006

Using two cases from South Africa and Bolivia, both in regards to water resource management, this paper analyses Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSP’s) as a means of resolving conflicts around natural resource management in both developing countries and on a global level. In examining why MSP’s have been and continue to be viewed in an often unfavourable context, the author identifies  and discusses five principal issues:

Organisational Learning in NGOs - Creating the Motive, Means and Opportunity

Author:  Bruce Britton
Publication Date: March, 2005

This Praxis Paper explores the importance of organisational learning in NGOs drawing on examples gathered from interviews mainly with Northern NGO staff and from an extensive review of the literature.

The paper examines why NGOs need to provide the motive, means and opportunity for organisational learning and introduces practical examples of how pioneering NGOs are doing this.

How Change Happens Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Human Development

Author(s):  Roman Krznaric

Publication Date: 2007

Questions exist as to whether development thinking become too narrow and specialised and whether it fails to draw sufficiently on what has been learned outside the realm of development studies about how social change happens?. In search of the answers to these questions, this paper’s analysis is divided into three parts:


An Introduction to Multi-Actor Processes

Author(s): Art Dewulf

Publication Date: 2007

Demonstrating that many of today’s problems cannot be solved by any one actor, this paper presents social problems as “inherently wicked” and in need of multi-actor collaboration.  The paper presents five main features critical to the collaborative process:

Conflict Transformation: A Multi-Dimensional Task

Author: Hugh Maill

Publication Date: 2004

What is the state-of-the-art in conflict transformation theory? Does a theory of conflict transformation already exist, and if so, what are its main foundations? This paper aims to identify what is distinctive about conflict transformation theory and practice, as well as to identify its key dimensions.