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 familiarized with policies, guidance and tools that facilitate partnerships between the UN and other stakeholders;
  • be cognizant of the drive and different roles of different development actors;
  • gain 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 and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Imperatives.

Day 2: The Partnering Cycle: understanding the different stages and how to use them.

Day 3: Ethics and reputational risks. Partnership and due diligence. Partnering with the Private Sector:

Day 4: Partnering examples from within the UN and from civil society. The way forward.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff, especially Programme and Policy Specialists, Coordination Officers, Partnership Specialists and Officers. Development practitioners from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of 2,500 USD will cover 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.


Certificates from the UN System Staff College will be awarded to participants upon completion of the course.

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