What is an MSP Support Platform and what does it do?
Multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) are a form of cooperation in which actors from politics, civil society, the private sector and academia jointly contribute to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and societal change.
The aim of MSP Support Platforms is to foster new MSPs and to support existing ones in their work. To this end, MSP Support Platforms provide stakeholders in MSPs with practices for good cooperation, they promote knowledge exchange, and support MSPs on topics such as impact assessment.
Other forms of support through MSP Support Platforms may include accompanying kick-off workshops, financing feasibility studies or providing legal advice.
A special case of MSP Support Platforms are the so-called hybrid platforms: These are essentially MSPs that, in addition, provide support for other MSPs.
What is the MSP Support Platforms Community?
The MSP Support Platforms Community is a network of MSP Support Platforms and MSP experts from several countries. In 2017, the community conducted its first Peer Learning Workshop. Since then, Partnerships2030 has been its facilitator.
The community serves the exchange of knowledge, experiences and methods. This exchange strengthens the competencies of the participating platforms, increases their quality and ensures their success in supporting MSPs worldwide. To learn from and with each other and to discuss good practices and challenges, Partnerships2030 organizes an annual meeting and webinars. The community sets up working groups on specific topics.
Members of the MSP Support Platforms Community
Activities of the MSP Support Platforms Community
Brief introductions MSP Support Platforms
The Foundation for Sustainability and Equity, known as ALIARSE, is an initiative promoted by public institutions and private companies which have joined forces to contribute to national development, social justice, and sustainability. Since its creation in 2006, ALIARSE became a catalytic agent for public and private interaction in the search for the common good.
The Agencia Peruana de Cooperación Internacional, APCI, is a public executing agency attached to the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that has the function of executing, programming and organizing International Technical Cooperation (ITC). It promotes innovative cooperation schemes, such as Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development Cooperation, between government, private sector, and other actors in order to pursue initiatives that contribute to sustainable development.
The Center for International Forestry Research, CIFOR, is a non-profit, scientific institution that advances human well-being, equity and environmental integrity by conducting innovative research, developing partners’ capacity, and actively engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people.
Grow Africa works to increase private sector investment in agriculture and to accelerate the execution and impact of investment commitments. Grow Africa facilitates collaboration between governments, international and domestic agriculture companies, and smallholder farmers in order to lower the risk and cost of investing in agriculture and to improve the speed of return to all stakeholders. Grow Africa helps to establish value chain specific multi-stakeholder partnerships at the national level and engages locally with these companies.
Grow Asia is a unique MSP platform that brings together farmer organizations, governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders in Southeast Asia to lift the productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability of smallholder agriculture in the region. Grow Asia does this by facilitating multi-stakeholder sectoral coordination around macro-level issues and the development of inclusive and sustainable agriculture value chains. Grow Asia is headquartered in Singapore and the platform has individual Country Partnerships in Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea.
The Sustainable Trade Initiative, IDH, is a social enterprise that works with businesses, financiers, governments and civil society to realize sustainable trade in global value chains. IDH believes that action-driven coalitions will drive impact on the Sustainable Development Goals and create value for all. It drives the joint design of economically viable approaches to realize green & inclusive growth at scale.
The International Land Coalition, ILC, is a global alliance of civil society and intergovernmental organisations working together to put people at the centre of land governance. The shared goal of ILC’s over 250 members is to realise land governance for and with people at the country level, responding to the needs and protecting the rights of communities who live on and from the land.
The MSP Institute is passionate about high-quality multi-stakeholder processes for sustainable development. The MSP Institute brings knowledge, skills, experience and networks to processes of engagement, collaboration and learning at local, national and international levels, and advocates for investing in designing, facilitating and evaluating MSPs.
The Partnerships Resource Centre, PrC, is an international research– and knowledge center for public-private collaboration for sustainable and inclusive development. PrC aims to understand how cross-sector partnerships work and how they can contribute to sustainable transformations.
The SDG Partnership Platform was established as a high level collaboration between the Government of Kenya and the UN system in Kenya in pursuit of accelerating the attainment of the SDGs in Kenya by enhancing multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral partnerships. The Platform convenes a range of partners from the government, the UN, the private sector, civil society, philanthropy, academia, and faith-based organizations to create diverse SDG accelerator windows.
The Partnering Initiative, TPI, was founded in 2003, with the passionate belief that the shared vision of a prosperous economy, thriving societies and a healthy environment can only be achieved through collaboration among business, government, NGOs and the UN. With roots going back to 1990, TPI is the world’s longest-established organisation dedicated to multi-stakeholder partnering. It remains internationally recognised as a pioneer of the field and continues to combine cutting-edge partnering theory, with direct action globally to drive effective partnering.
The UN 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator aims to significantly help accelerate and scale up effective partnerships in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. Direct partnership training support and advisory service is offered to member States, UN entities/Resident Coordinators/country teams and other stakeholders wishing to develop new partnership platforms and partnerships.
In Mexico, UNDP works with the government and all sectors of society to help countries overcome environmental, economic and social crises and promote sustainable growth that will improve the quality of life for all. UNDP addresses the challenges caused by the asymmetries in national development and maximizes the country’s potential as an international development partner through synergies between globally executed programmes and their implementation at the national level.
The United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards, UNFSS, addresses the sustainable development value of voluntary sustainability standards by pooling resources, synchronizing efforts, and assuring policy coherence, coordination and collaboration among United Nations agencies. UNFSS helps producers, traders, consumers, standard-setters, certification-bodies, trade diplomats, non-governmental organizations and researchers to talk to each other, find out more about Voluntary Sustainability Standards and influence decision makers at the intergovernmental level.
One of nine research institutes under Wageningen University & Research is the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI), a group of 50+ practical academics working on processes of innovation and change through facilitating innovation, brokering knowledge and supporting capacity development. A combined 500-plus years of on-the-ground experience in international development create this value by bringing knowledge into action. WCDI’s ambition is to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically feeding ten billion people by 2050 in the domain of inclusive and sustainable food systems. One of WCDIs five action lines is Facilitating Stakeholder Collaboration.
The World Economic Forum offers platforms to face today´s interconnected problems and challenges. Partnering with over 150 of the world’s leading companies and 50 international and civil society organizations, the Platform for Shaping the Future of Global Public Goods focuses on four key initiatives: the circular economy and global value chains, climate change, environment and natural resource security, food systems and international development. The Platform enables leaders from the public and private sectors and civil society worldwide to form exceptional, cross-cutting communities of action.