Co-creating a sustainable future


Plattform for Multi-Stakeholder-Partnerships

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In 2015, the United Nations agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), naming Partnerships as the last of the 17 goals. This global agreement recognized that partnerships across institutional or national boundaries are the best way to master the complexity of solving sustainability challenges.

Multi-stakeholder partnerships lead to better, more effective, and transformative results. Their success depends on the quality of the partnership, as well as the quality of creation and buildup, common goal setting, appropriate structure, and joint implementation.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, must be tackled using outcome-oriented dialogues, effective collaboration processes, and future-oriented collective action.

Partnerships are a response to these complex problems, but are also complex themselves. The understanding of how to build trust, to generate common objectives, to create meaningful and functioning structures, roles, and agreements, to cooperate optimally in the implementation process and jointly evaluate results, is not natural or self-evident. In response to the need for capacities in collaboration, the field of partnering to support the implementation of multi-stakeholder partnerships is growing, especially in response to the challenge of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.


In autumn 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations agreed on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The world community recognized that a collaborative approach will be required to implement the 2030 Agenda, one that ensures the achievement of complex change by individuals, within organizations, as well as through collective leadership. All stakeholders from the private sector, science, government, and civil society should be engaged and mobilized to participate.

In November 2014, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) initiated the Zukunftscharta (Charter for the Future) to define common perspectives and objectives for necessary changes as part of the German national sustainable development strategy. Further steps resulted in a national platform, “Partnerships 2030 – Platform for Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships“, that empowers global post-2015 partnerships (so-called MAPs). The initiative is a collaboration among four partners: BMZ; the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH; Engagement Global (bengo) gGmbH; and the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI).

In the process of building the “Partnerships 2030 – Platform for Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships”, BMZ initiated the development of the platform, GIZ was mandated to establish the platform and operates as the secretariat, bengo advises and supports in the context of specific project funding and application processes, and CLI advises the various stakeholders on content and concepts for the creation of multi-stakeholder partnerships. The partners have committed to building the capacity of interested parties in all sectors of society who can drive collaborative change for the implementation of the SDGs, and with a unique methodology developed over 20 years of experience in partnering support.

The “Partnerships 2030 – Platform for Multi-Stakeholder-Partnerships” in Germany contributes to strengthen the role of civil society, and other actors, in partnering, offers orientation, and provides support to initiatives to achieve success in multi-stakeholder partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships represent a significant and important opportunity to foment transformative impact through collaborative initiatives for sustainable development. They offer the unique potential to become "institutions that learn". Success in collaboration leads to a multiplication of the positive impact and can accelerate systemic change for sustainable development and touch many lives.


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