UN Global Compact: case studies of multistakeholder partnership. Policy dialogue on business in zones of conflict


Author: edited by Virginia Haufler (for UN Global Compact)
Publication date: 2002

Members of the UN Global Compact Policy Dialogue on Business in Zones of Conflict participate in several partnerships that seek to reduce or prevent violent conflict, manage the effects of conflict, or rebuild a country previously suffering from civil conflict.

Multistakeholder Partnerships and Digital Technologies for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: 3 case studies


Author: Omar Dengo Foundation
Publication date: 2007

This publication presents three case studies about digital technologies for development, involving multi stakeholder processes. All case studies have been analysed with the same methodology to reveal information about

- the activity of the multi stakeholder partnership
- the partners (motivations, obstacles, contributions, decision making mechanisms, conflict management,...)
- role of digital technologies
- outcomes and lessons learned

Partnerships as a panacea for addressing global problems? On rationale, context, actors, impact and limitations


Author: Kolk, A.
Publication date: 2013

This chapter examines partnerships and their peculiarities, based on recent research from various disciplines, in the context of the large problems faced by global society. 

Global action networks: Agents for collective action


Author: Glasbergen, P., in Global Environmental Change 20(1): 130-141.
Publication Date: 2010 

Global action networks (GANs) are civil society initiated multi-stakeholder arrangements that aim to fulfill a leadership role for systemic change in global governance for sustainable development. The paper develops a network approach to study some of these GANs as motivators of global collective action and investigates how in their interaction processes the actors involved create the organizational capacity for collective change.

GIZ Guidebook for MSP facilitation


Authors: GIZ, onbehalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Expert opinions by Jim Woodhill & Simone van der Vugt; Darian Stibbe (based on Ros Tennyson, with Nazneen Huq & Joanna Pyres); Vanessa Sayers; Douglas Kativu.

Publication Date: 2011

This GIZ guidebook has been designed and written for facilitators of MSPs. It offers the reader the following benefits:

Collaborative Value Creation: A Review of Partnering Between Nonprofits and Businesses: Part I. Value Creation Spectrum and Collaboration Stages.


Author(s): Austin, J.E.; Seitanidi, M.M.

Publication Date: 2012 

This focused review of the nonprofitbusiness collaboration and related corporate social responsibility literature identifies problematic aspects of the treatment of value creation and, therefore, develops a conceptual and analytical framework to address them and the following research question:

From platform to partnerships. When and How to use Dialogues for Effective Multi-Stakeholder Engagement.


Author(s): Tulder, R.v.

Publication date: 2011

This paper by the Partnerships Resource Centre addresses the conceptual confusion over basic terminology concerning multi-stakeholder processes. To make use of the full potential of multi-stakeholder processes to deal with complex problems, the author advocates for crystal clear understandings of the organizational format (platform or partnership) and techniques (normal or strategic stakeholder dialogue) chosen.

Talking the Walk: A Communication Manual for Partnership Practitioners


Author(s): McManus, S. & Tennyson, R.
Publication Date: 2008

Talking the Walk is a toolbook for partnership practitioners from all sectors, to enable them to understand the importance of good communication to their work, and to help them develop techniques to improve their communications - both inside, and beyond, the partnership.

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.

The Brokering Guidebook – Navigating Effective Sustainable Development Partnerships


Author: Ros Tennyson
Publication Date: 2005

As a sister publication to “The Partnering Toolbox”, this guidebook highlights the critical role that a broker has as an intermediary, who enables partners to ensure the maximum effectiveness of their partnership. Aimed at those people who are about to engage in brokering activities in often diverse settings in different parts of the world, ‘The Brokering Guidebook’ outlines and supports the many varied tasks that a broker engages in as both process manager and behind-the-scenes leader.