Facilitating multi-stakeholder processes and social learning

Complex problems require innovative solutions. Such solutions are created when diverse stakeholders, with a focused objective to bring about institutional change, are able to collaborate, learn and negotiate. Ultimate success of multistakeholder processes (MSPs) lies in the effectiveness of the learning process, of gaining new insights and developing the collective commitment and capacity to turn these new ideas and plans into action. However good MSPs don’t just happen, they need to be designed and facilitated.

Organisator Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

ma 28 september 2015 tot vr 16 oktober 2015

Using interactive approaches to learn and innovate with a diverse range of stakeholders

Multiple stakeholders, multiple interests

This course covers state-of-the-art thinking about designing and facilitating MSPs and institutional change. You will learn what MSPs are, why we need them, what their key elements are and how to design and facilitate them. Creating MSPs means finding innovative approaches to work together across boundaries of business, government and civil society. We will work highly interactive building on participant’s own experiences. You will have discussions, work on group assignments, engage in role- plays and undertake fieldwork to explore a real life MSP. You will practice with a wide range of participatory methodologies and tools. The facilitators follow a flexible programme that allows adaptation to the specific needs of individuals and the group.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will be able to:
  • understand the concept and rationale of multi-stakeholder processes and institutional change;
  • have a good insight into the key principles for effective MSPs;
  • analyse different types of multi-stakeholder processes in terms of the issues at stake, the stakeholders, their interests, power relations and conflicts;
  • use a broad range of participatory methodologies and tools in MSPs;
  • design an extended MSP;
  • assess the impact of your personal style in facilitation, communication, leadership and dealing with conflicts.

Target audience

We welcome participants who are involved, or will be involved in the future, in the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes. You may work for an NGO, government, private sector organisation, research facility, university or consultancy and you are in the challenging position to design, facilitate or participate in MSPs. Proficiency in English is required.