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 be able to:

  • understand why multi-stakeholder partnerships are crucial for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement;
  • reflect upon challenges and opportunities regarding partnership development;
  • familiarize themselves with policies, guidance and tools that facilitate partnerships between the UN and other stakeholders;
  • understand the drive and different roles of different development actors;
  • gain the 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 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-fertilization among participants. It offers a venue for networking among participants of various organizations aiming at fruitful collaborations and partnerships.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 
  • Day 1: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the Cooperation Framework; multi-Stakeholder Partnerships Imperatives.
  • Day 2: the partnering cycle - understanding the different stages and how to use them.
  • Day 3: Partnering with different stakeholder groups; ethics and reputational risks; partnership and due diligence.
  • Day 4: Developing a Partnership Strategy. Way Forward.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff, especially programme and policy specialists, Resident Coordinator 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 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.

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

Special Discount for UN staff working in UN Resident Coordinator Offices (RCOs)

This course is part of the UNSSC Sustainable Development Learning Package offered to Resident Coordinator Offices (RCO) staff. We are offering a special discount of $1,000 to UN staff working in RCOs as part of UNSSC’s targeted support to the UN reform process through sustained and facilitated learning and leadership development programmes.  

Clearly indicate in your motivation statement how this course can benefit your work in responding to country-specific needs in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

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