Resources

This page gathers resources to support you in initiating and implementing a Multi-Stakeholders-Partnership between various actors from civil society, academia, politics, youth and local communities with the aim to advocate for a more diverse and inclusive socitey and to create social change.

Methodological Model of Effective Communication between Stakeholders

How to foster an inclusive and participative multi-sectoral collaboration. This handbook produced by Citizens For Europe gUG serves to comprehend the complexity of a Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) and to effectively implement such a partnership based on tailored and concrete roadmaps, methods and tools. It presents a methodological model of effective communication between young people, education practitioners, civil society activists, community leaders and policymakers and guides in initiating, planning and implementing a MSP at the local level.

Advocacy for Social Change – Get Decision-makers on Board!

What attracts political decision-makers to support a cause? How can we build pressure to encourage them to take reponsibility and act for that cause? How can we convince decision-makers to participate in the process of designing an advocacy campaign or policy recommendation rather than being just recipients?
Listen to this podcast with Sergius Seebohm, an expert with more than 15 years’ experience in advocacy and political communication.

Voting Rights For All: A Best Practice Example of a Multi-Stakeholder Partnership

How to initiate and implement a partnership between various actors from civil society, academia, politics and local communities with the aim of advocating for social and political change. How to foster an inclusive, participative and impactful Multi-Stakeholder Partnership. In this podcast, we will try to answer these questions, using the example of the Alliance Wahlrecht für Alle – Voting Rights for all that Citizens For Europe initiated in 2011 in Berlin. This campaign succeeded in bringing together various stakeholders and to put their demand on the political agenda of the current Berlin government.

How to Design and Facilitate a Multi-Stakeholder Partnership

The MSP guide published by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation targets those directly involved in Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships – as a stakeholder, leader, facilitator or funder – to provide them with a deep understanding of a MSP, with key ideas, principles and practical tools to implement successful multi-sectoral collaborations.

Everything You Need to Know about a Multi-Stakeholder Partnership – mspguide.org

The Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation has created an online portal dedicated to Multi-Stakeholders Partnerships with a large amount of tools, methods, best practice examples and resources on the topic. The platform search engine provides information on collaborative leadership, participatory-processes, conflict management, fostering learning, effective dialogue, policy or research paper, empowerment, shifting-power, facilitation, monitoring, evalutation of MSPs and much much more!

Partnerships2030 Coaching for Funding Opportunities

Securing funds to motivate stakeholders to invest time and resources in a Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) and stay commited to its objectives, is key to success. The Partnerships2030 offers you support for your partnership. The website provides readers with various practical tools, concrete examples of MSPs, tips and tricks to initiate, implement and understand the impact of a MSP as well as contacts and coaching for funding opportunities.

Key Concepts and Competencies for Achieving Common Goals

The Collective Leadership Institute supports leaders, project managers and changemakers in their multi-stakeholder processes and projects. The cutting-edge organisation with deep expertise on the topic has published several studies and books. We recommend the publication “Stakeholder Dialogues: Skills for better Collaboration – Key Concepts and Competencies for Achieving Common Goals”.

Stakeholder Dialogues in Practice: Dialogic Change Model

How to create a successful stakeholder collaboration. This webinar is an introduction to Collective Leadership Institute’s (CLI) Dialogic Change Model, a methodology to teach and train people in stakeholder collaboration and transformational change processes. CLI experts Douglas F. Williamson and Lulekwa Gqiba present several real cases to show how it works in practice.

A Multi-Stakeholder Partnership is About More than Meetings!

Who are the key actors involved in a Multi-Stakeholders Partnership (MSP)? What are the interests/goals of the different actors? What are the (resource) dependencies between actors? In this publication, a team of 12 researchers worked with stakeholders in Africa and Asia to better understand the dynamics of power in MSPs, and learn practical ways of dealing with power imbalances when dealing with, participating in or embarking on MSPs.

Power Dynamics in MSP Processes

How can less-powerful stakeholders be empowered to operate strategically in a Multi-Stakeholder setting? How can power differences between stakeholders be taken into account in the development of multi-stakeholder cooperative processes in order to ensure effective participation of the weaker/ smaller/ less-powerful stakeholders? This publication explains how to deal with imbalances in the distribution of power, capacity and resources in a MSP strategically, as well as how to avoid stakeholders to dominate others.

Tools for Stakeholders and Power Analysis

This publication from the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation is a collection of tools for Stakeholders and Power analysis whose aim is to make stakeholders aware of the power dynamics in which they are involved and to find ways of responding effectively to these dynamics. The publication offers tools for thought (i.e. tools to understand a situation) and tools for action (i.e. tools to accomplish certain tasks).

Establishing Gender Equality in Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

How can Gender equality be integrated into Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP)? Why are gender aspects relevant for a MSP? This webinar takes a clothes look at the results of the study “Gender in Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships” published by German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH. It presents the key findings of the report and discuss possible ways forward together with authors and practitioners.

Essential Facilitation Skills to Run Effective MSP Meetings

Professional facilitation is essential to get every stakeholder fully involved and commited to a MSP. What is the role of a facilitator? What are the required skills? This article helps explains what you can do to facilitate a participative and inclusive MSP process and productive stakeholders’ meetings.

The Art of Hosting – Planning Effective Meetings

To tackle power differences and unequal dynamics in a MSP, some groups or organisations need to be empowered. The methods of the Art of Hosting such as World Café and Open Space Technology create a participative and inclusive atmosphere that foster effective and powerful conversational processes and invite participants of a meeting to equally step in and take charge of the shared challenges.

Discover the Art of Hosting Methods on YouTube

The Art of hosting is a working practice that can be used to improve decision-making, capacity building and the ability to respond quickly to opportunities, challenges and change. The YouTube channel presents and explains various methods to facilitate effective stakeholders’ meetings.

Seed for Change – In-depth Guide

How to introduce and end a stakeholders’ meeting. How to build trust, encourage discussion and participation. How to tackle challenging issues, prioritise ideas and evaluate a workshop. This toolkit compiles tools and techniques for working in groups and facilitating meetings or workshops.

60 Participatory Tools for MSP Facilitation

This toolkit provides 60 participatory tools to design and facilitate collaborative processes that work across the boundaries of academia, civil society, business and politics. The guide proposes practical methods to identify and connect with potential stakeholders, to deal with conflict, power differences, and support participants of a meeting to co-create, find a common ground and shared language, as well as to commit partners to the MSP’s goals and process.

How to Find a MSP Facilitator

The facebook group Art of Hosting gathers more than 13000 practitioners in the field of facilitation worldwide. Their MSP partners can identify and recruit professional facilitators for their meetings.

Researchers as Policy Advocates

Academics and policy-makers tend to see the world in very different ways. The publication Making research evidence matter produced by the ICPA (International center for Policy Advocacy) supports researchers in their advocacy efforts. The chapters 2.3, 2.4. and 2.5 delve into the challenges for advocates in striving to bring research into action, provide basic principles for an effective approach to policy advocacy as well as the process of how research evidence feeds into the decision-making process. Here researchers can find a planning checklist, tips and tricks to consider their role in their upcoming advocacy campaign..

How to Write a Policy Brief

How to write an effective and policy-relevant policy recommendation. This essential guide published by the International Centre for Policy Advocacy (ICPA), gathers all the essential information to produce a policy brief as a key communication tool to advocate for research or expert-based analysis.

Theory of Change – How to Increase your Impact

What is the overall change that you are trying to make? What are the pre-conditions and smaller changes that would allow you to achieve this overall change? What is your role in the change? What does progress look like? Jenny Ross from the UK network Bond introduces four simple questions that could transform your advocacy strategy and increase your impact.

How to Plan Advocacy Work

To be influential, a Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) should ideally engage the key actors in the target decision-making process. Knowing exactly who to engage, as well as when, where, and how to get everyone involved, can make the difference between success and failure in an advocacy effort. In chapter 4 of the publication “Making research evidence matters”, the International Center for Policy Advocacy (ICPA) offers advice on how to plan advocacy work, how to understand decision-making practices and the relevant actors who can influence decision-makers processes.

Advocacy Toolkit – Influencing Decisions

What can the actors of a multi-sectoral collaboration do to create change? This toolkit from UNICEF provides detailed steps, guidance and tools for developing and implementing an advocacy strategy, for monitoring and evaluating advocacy, managing knowledge and risks in advocacy, as well as working with young people in advocacy.

Tips for Advocates: How to Influence Decision-makers

This document gives an overview of the ways that individuals can be influential as advocates, how they can gather and use information about decision-makers before communicating with him/her and use this information to identify possible pathways of influence and to define a specific advocacy strategy.

Campaigning in the Age of Bigots

How are campaigners winning progressive victories in the age of bigots and bullies? Listen to this podcast with Kajal Odedra is the UK director of Change.org, a global petition service that allows members of the public to mobilise support for issues they care about. She’s also the author of the 2019 book Do Something: Activism for Everyone. Andrew Stroehlein is the European Media Director for Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organisation that investigates and reports on abuses worldwide.