Kuenkel, P. 2017. Building competences for partnering: how donors can ensure multi-stakeholder partnerships succeed. (Briefing Note 95). Maastricht: ECDPM.
The world’s current sustainability challenges require actors in the global society to rapidly shift their way of thinking, acting and, above all, their way of leading transformative change around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Not surprisingly, SDG goal number 17 encourages stakeholders from business, NGOs, government, donors and communities to partner for change. More and more bi- and multilateral donors promote such partnerships. Many NGOs have started to collaborate with the private sector2 as part of their own development strategies, while partnerships between companies and governments are on the rise.
For an alternative perspective on multi-stakeholderism, readers may wish to read a deep-going article, based on research carried out at the Center for Governance and Sustainability of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, by a seasoned observer, Harris Gleckman. The article appears in the British webzine OpenDemocracy. The url is: https://www.opendemocracy.net/harris-gleckman/multi-stakeholder-governance-corporate-push-for-new-global-governance.