Working with power in Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

Understanding power in multi-stakeholders partnerships, and know how to use it for change.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Wed 7 November 2018 09:00 to 12:30

Venue Gaia, gebouwnummer 101
Room C0093

MSPs can be seen as arena’s where different interest clash or converge. Stakeholders use power to further their interests, or prevent others from getting their way. While power can be used to coerce or dominate, it is also the means for achieving your goals. Power is neither inherently bad nor inherently good: what matters is how it is used, and towards what end.

Power to bring about change

Power is what enables any individual or organisation to bring about change. Power structures in society can also ‘lock-in’ patterns of behaviour, ideas and beliefs, and privileges and inequalities. MSPs aim to harness the different powers of stakeholders to bring about a change that is in everyone’s interest. So, dealing with power is central to any MSP, and you need to understand power and know how to use it for change.

A seminar on working with power in MSPs

Join us in sharing your experiences and be inspired to facilitate change processes to address structural power inequities. Also in attendance are 25 professionals from 18 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America participating in the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation facilitated course on Facilitating multi stakeholder partnerships to foster sustainable and inclusive food systems. 


Two key note speakers have been invited. The event will be facilitated and the presentations will be followed by interactions and debate.

09:00 Welcome and introduction by the organizers
09:30 Power in and over cross sector partnerships, Prof. Dr. Art Dewulf, Wageningen University
10:15 Coffee break
10:45 Deliberative capacity in MSPs, Dr. Greetje Schouten. The Partnerships Resource Centre, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
11:30 Plenary interaction and debate
12:30 Lunch

By the end of the seminar you will:

  • Understand power and its dynamic in MSPs, be able to debate the merits of working with power in MSPs
  • Have reflected on different pathways to address structural power inequities
  • Have met professionals from more than 15 countries, who might be your potential partners in facilitating MSPs