Within the context of a rapidly evolving development (cooperation) environment, it is critical to examine ways to strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships. 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 who are jointly taking responsibility to shape the 2030 Agenda and implement the Paris Agreement.

During the interactive introductory partnership course and based on inputs from subject matter experts, participants reflect on the specific modalities of working with different partners to achieve development effectiveness. With the intention to strengthen participants’ knowledge and understanding about imperatives for building partnerships, the course explores key elements of partnering such as ethics, due diligence, rules of engagement, biases and stereotypes, conflicts of interest, as well as partnership frameworks and cases.



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 familiarised 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 the knowledge and skills to build substantive and sustainable partnerships.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

The course builds on interactive methodologies as well as the expertise from subject matter experts and participants representing different sectors. It also 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 offers a venue for networking among participants of various organisations aiming at fruitful collaborations and partnerships.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 
  • Day 1: Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Imperatives
  • Day 2: The partnering cycle: understanding the different stages and how to use them
  • Day 3: South-South and Triangular Cooperation.  Partnering with Foundations, with Civil Society.  Ethics and Reputational Risks. Partnership and Due Diligence
  • Day 4: Partnering with Private Sector.  Ways Forward.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee covers the following:
• Four days of training with a balance of presentations and group work on case studies and exercises.
• Exclusive access to UNSSC online social learning environment 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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