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Philanthropy University

The Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Playbook

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Multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) are an essential approach to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals, maximizing humanitarian assistance, and building resilience within communities. While the work of MSPs is complex, their success or failure can often be attributed to a single root cause: how well they engage the people and communities whose lives they aim to improve.

To help MSPs achieve real, sustainable impact, we’ve assembled this playbook of powerful, inclusive strategies to turn ‘beneficiaries’ into partners. Through these approaches you should be able to design better, more context-appropriate, and more innovative programs, develop stronger local buy-in and leverage a range of local resources towards delivering more, and more sustainable, impact.

This course goes beyond presenting general good practice. In each lesson, you will find case studies of programs that are successfully (and sometimes unsuccessfully!) working with communities, assessment questions that analyze your MSP’s strengths and weaknesses on your own metrics dashboard, tools you can bring to your next meeting, and an interactive action planning tool where you can plan for the future.


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