The staff of Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation have direct experience in facilitating stakeholder collaboration in many countries in the world, and at different levels – from local to global. We help our partners get the right people involved and enable them to jointly agree on actions, based on sound analysis and dialogue.
This practice also informs the cutting-edge capacity development services we provide, such as our annual three-week international course on facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships to foster sustainable and inclusive food systems.
Our work to support stakeholder collaboration has been inspired by the motivation and passion that comes when people have the courage and insight to ‘walk in each other’s shoes’ and find new paths towards shared ambitions for the future.
We work together with scientists and researchers within Wageningen University & Research to combine our hands-on practical action with fundamental research to develop leading methodologies and techniques on facilitating stakeholder collaboration.
This guide links the underlying rationale for multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs), 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. It has been written for those directly involved in MSPs – as a stakeholder, leader, facilitator or funder – to provide both the conceptual foundations and practical tools that underpin successful partnerships.
The seven principles identified to make MSPs effective are:
- embracing systemic change;
- transforming institutions;
- working with power;
- dealing with conflict;
- effective communication;
- promoting collaborative leadership;
- and fostering participatory learning.
All these aspects are interlinked with other expertise areas within Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation and applied in practice in domains such as nutrition and landscapes.
Sharing our expertise online
Bringing knowledge into action means sharing insights. On our co-creation portal www.mspguide.org we share tools, methods and case studies which challenge practitioners in multi-stakeholder processes in their knowledge, experience and strategies. It includes a wide range of resources, the tools and methods used in our work, and case studies to facilitate learning from the examples of those who have gone before you.