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14 March 2019

How to Effectively Initiate, Facilitate and Engage in Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

If you are already involved in a Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSPs), would like to initiate a process of MSP, or if you just want to know more about MSPs, this workshop is for you!

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Multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) is an approach that allows a more effective collaboration among multiple actors. MSPs have become increasingly popular for addressing the complex issues of sustainable development.

This workshop will offer an introduction of what are MSPs, opportunities and challenges of working with MSPs; it will provide a framework to support healthy and successful MSPs; highlight practical tools to effectively engage with MSPs and tackle sensitive issues; and illustrate how to use MSPs to maximise individual and collective outputs. The workshop will have a highly interactive nature by using actively participants’ own experiences in partnerships and collaborative processes. It will feature two cases, one from Uganda and another from Sweden.

The workshop will set aside time to discuss about what works, and what does not work well in designing and facilitating MSPs.

This event will be streamed via SIANI Facebook page. Join us on the day!


09.00 – 09.15    Opening and outline of the day

09.15 – 10.00    Setting the stage: background and core elements of MSPs. Herman                                           Brouwer

10.00 – 10.30    Coffee break

10.30 – 11.30    Two examples of multi-stakeholder partnerships

   1) Collaboration as a tool for creating ‘shared value’. A case of                                                         AGcelerate Initiative. Rushongoka Wa-Mpiira

   2) Partnerships Linking Smallholder Farmers to Market. Katarina                                                     Eriksson, Project and Partnership Development Director, Tetra Laval AB

11.30 – 12.00   Overcoming challenges in MSPs from a donor perspective. Anne Kullman,                                Sida Senior Advisor

12.00 – 13.00   Lunch

13.00 – 14.00   Group exercise: rich picture. Herman Brouwer

14.00 – 15.00   Dealing with main challenges in MSPs in terms of process design,                                              stakeholder analysis and decision making. Herman Brouwer

15.00 – 15.30   Coffee break

15.30 – 16.00   Plenary panel ‘ask us’ session and discussions

16.00 – 16.30   End of the day recap

Herman Brouwer from Center of Development and Innovation, Wageningen University will be our facilitator and workshop leader. Herman draws from a long experience of working with MSPs. He has been leading many workshops worldwide on this topic and contributed to the CFS HLPE report on Multistakeholder Partnerships (HLPE report 13). He is the lead author of “The MSP Guide: How to Design and Facilitate Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships” ( free download here), one of the must have handbooks to understand the inner workings of MSPs and for hands-on engagements and practical tools for working with these.

For more information please contact: Alin Kadfak (


From 14 March 2019 at 09:00 to 14 March 2019 at 16:30


Stockholm Environment Institute, Linnégatan 87D

Hosted by

Margarita Cuadra (
Alin Kadfak (


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