Facilitating Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration for Food, Agriculture and Nature

Are you in the challenging position to design, facilitate or participate in complex change partnerships, involving diverse stakeholders? Are you wondering how best to deal with power dynamics and conflicts? How to create social learning processes and enable effective communication between the different actors, either online or face-to-face? The Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP) course helps you in taking up this challenge! The online and blended course is highly interactive and builds on the participants’ own experiences and cases. Participatory methodologies and tools, group work and role-plays, as well as virtual fieldwork to explore experiences of a real-life Multi-Stakeholder Partnership, will help you learn how to design, plan and facilitate a Multi-Stakeholder Partnership.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Mon 30 October 2023 until Fri 15 December 2023

This course will be taught in blended format. Which means, partially online and partially in an OKP country, not The Netherlands. Location will be updated.

For OKP scholarship applicants or self-funded with a confirmed sponsor:

For mid-career professionals working and living in Latin America:

What will you learn?

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Understand the concepts and rationale of multi-stakeholder partnerships, complexity and institutional change;
  • Analyse different types of multi-stakeholder partnerships in terms of the issues at stake, the stakeholders, their interests, (power) relations, conflicts, external context, etc.;
  • Discover how to design and plan an extended Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP);
  • To practice and learn how to use a broad range of participatory methodologies and tools in MSPs;
  • Be challenged on your own online and blended facilitation and communication skills

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For whom is this course?

We welcome participants who are involved, or will be involved in future, in the design or facilitation of multi-stakeholder partnerships, or participate in one. You may work for an NGO, government, private sector organisation, research facility, university or consultancy. Proficiency in English is required.

Course programme in more detail

Today’s world is faced by many complex issues: the over-use of natural resources, climate change, continuing poverty and inequality. Quite simply, these complex problems require innovative solutions that call for new ways of working together across the boundaries of business, government and civil society.

However, good processes don't just happen, they need to be designed and facilitated. Specifically, they need to be designed and facilitated on the basis of a sound rationale for change based on a good understanding of the context, with a clear purpose and vision in mind, and based on principles for transformative change.

This obviously implies some quite specific facilitation capacities and skills - from the capacity to engage with the complex political context underpinning the rationale for the MSP, to the capacity to work with individuals and groups in a way that enables them to challenge themselves and each other in the quest for new approaches and collaborative learning. The course covers state-of-the-art thinking about designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships and institutional change.

Programme 2022 edition
Duration Part-time / 7 weeks
Study load 120 hours
Programme 17 hours a week (weekly individual and team assignments)
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Courses are currently blended

Courses will be taught in blended format. Which means, partially online and partially in an OKP country, not The Netherlands. Details will follow soon.

Application for this course

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