Within the context of a rapidly evolving development cooperation environment, the UN is increasingly interacting with new, emerging and ‘non-traditional’ development cooperation partners, such as philanthropic foundations, the private sector, academia and civil society. These partners are jointly taking responsibility to shape the 2030 Agenda and implement the Paris Agreement.

During this interactive, introductory partnership course, participants reflect on the specific modalities of working with different partners to achieve development effectiveness. The course explores key elements of partnering such as: ethics, due diligence, definition and evaluation of results, as well as conflicts of interest. 

This course is designed and delivered with the support of the UN Foundation and the UN Global Compact.



Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand why multi-stakeholder partnerships are crucial for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement;
  • Have reflected upon challenges and opportunities regarding partnership development;
  • Be familiar with policies, guidance and tools that facilitate partnerships between the UN and other stakeholders;
  • Be cognisant of the drive and different roles of different development actors;
  • Have enhanced knowledge and skills to build substantive and sustainable partnerships.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

The course builds on interactive methodologies as well as expertise from subject matter experts and participants representing different sectors. It features application through the use of real-life case studies and practical exercises.

The training programme promotes intellectual and practical knowledge sharing, and fosters a culture of understanding and cross-fertilisation among participants. It further offers a venue for networking among participants from various organisations.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 
  • Day 1: The 2030 Agenda and the Role of Global Partnership
  • Day 2: The Concept of “Partnering” and the Partnering Cycle, Ethics and Reputational Risks Partnership and Due Diligence
  • Day 3: Partnering with the Private Sector
  • Day 4: Partnering with Civil Society Organisations

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of 2,000 USD covers the following:

  • Four days of training with a balance of presentations and group work on case studies and exercises;
  • Exclusive access to our online learning platform with training and supporting background materials, and the opportunity to stay connected with colleagues;
  • All course materials, resources and contacts.

Participants are expected to cover all travel costs related to their attendance in the course. Accommodation in a hotel in town will be booked in advance by the UNSSC; however, accommodation expenses will be borne by the participants.

Certificates of Attendance from the UN System Staff College will be awarded to participants who complete the course.

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