Impacts of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

Impacts of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

Collaborative action project

MSPs have become an important mechanism for working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet it is challenging to fully understand MSPs and to monitor and evaluate their added value. Therefore, Partnerships2030, the Platform for Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Implementing the 2030 Agenda, the Competence Centre Change Management (GIZ-FMB) and the PrC have started a joint action research project.


The objective of the action research project is to develop actionable knowledge on the added value of MSPs that can directly help MSPs to better monitor, enhance and communicate their added value. The focus will be on helping MSPs better understand and navigate their added value and integrate it in their monitoring and evaluation system in an effective and efficient way. Next to that, the research project will also consider how backbone organizations can support MSPs to maximize the added value.

Involved MSPs

The MSPs that will participate in the action research project, include:

  1. The German Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (D-EITI)
  2. The Alliance for Integrity (AFIN)
  3. Welthungerhilfe/Land for Life
  4. WWF Germany/Philippines Yellow Tuna Fishery Improvement
  5. German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (Forum nachhaltiger Kakao)
  6. PREVENT Waste Alliance (PREVENT Abfall-Allianz)
  7. Germanwatch – for Global Equity and the Preservation of Livelihoods
  8. Action Medeor (German Medical Aid Organisation)


Iterative process

This is a collaborative action research project: a process in which MSPs systematically examine their own practice using the techniques of research, for the purpose of increasing learning of all participants. This form of research is an iterative, cyclical process of reflecting on practice, acting and intervening, reflecting, and taking further action.

This means that the research focus will gradually become sharper along the way. It is expected that adjustments or changes will be made during the process.

Reference Group

Because of the iterative nature of this project, systematic, periodic reflection moments will strengthen the research approach and deepen the knowledge to be developed. To ensure the scientific quality, a Reference group is installed. Members of this Reference Group are:

  • Herman Brouwer, Senior Advisor Multi-Stakeholder Processes, Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands;
  • Prof.dr. Dirk van Dierendonck, Department of Organisation and Personnel Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands;
  • Dr. Leda Stott, Lecturer / Researcher, Innovation and Technology for Development Centre at Technical University of Madrid, Spain;
  • Dr. Giel Ton, Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies and Director of the Centre for Development Impact, University of Sussex, UK;
  • Prof.dr. Christine Wieck, Institute for Agricultural Policy and Markets, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.