In September 2015, world leaders adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by the year 2030. Reaching these ambitious goals will require multi-stakeholder partnerships between business, NGO, government, the UN and communities to function at a scale and quality that dwarf current efforts. The question of how countries can systematically […]
What can the international partnering landscape tell us about cross-sector partnerships for sustainable development? When setting up a new initiative, understanding what has gone before is arguably as important as local context and future ambition.
In all but the simplest collaborations, problems, inefficiencies, issues to overcome will always arise. This is not surprising. The intricate dynamics of partnerships are constantly changing within a complex and often muddled set of influencing factors: the socio-economic-political context; the varying characteristics, needs and resources of the partners, donors and stakeholders; shifting partner priorities and commitment; and key people changing and therefore a need to rebuild relationships.
Despite growing optimism about Africa’s economic prospects, progress is fragile and incomplete. Growth has yet to benefit many Africans, with almost half the population still living on less than $1.25 a day. With almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world, and with that number expected […]
Platforms for partnership are a vital approach to more systematically drive the creation of cross-sector partnerships for development. They provide a systematic mechanism to convene government, business, NGOs, donors and other development actors around a particular issue or geography.