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How to Strengthen Partnerships for Sustainable Development?

  • 2301 Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20037 United States (map)

Hosted by German Institute for International and Security Affairs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development renews commitment to multi-stakeholder partnerships as important complementary means of implementation (SDGs 17.16 and 17.17). However, partnerships showed a mixed record in the past and therefore several actors call for more inclusive, coordinated and effective multi-stakeholder partnerships. The 2015 UN General Assembly resolution under the agenda item entitled “Towards global partnerships” requests debate on “the best practices and ways to improve, inter alia, transparency, accountability and the sharing of experiences of multi-stakeholder partnerships and on the review and monitoring of those partnerships” (A/RES/70/224, para. 15). In the outcome document of its 2017 High-level Meeting, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation calls for increasing efforts to ensure an “enabling environment” for partnerships, “including through country-level platforms for collaboration, to perform complementary roles in a transparent and accountable manner.”

Addressing these calls, several initiatives, led by, inter alia, donor institutions and agencies, are currently under way to improve the governance of partnerships, for example, through better coordination, support, frameworks or rules that guide partnerships to make them fit for purpose of implementing the SDGs. For example, addressing the ambition to ‘leave no one behind’ several of these proposals point towards the need for partnerships to become more inclusive and accountable through comprehensive and participatory processes, on-going monitoring and review, and by providing measurable data on their output, outcome and impact.

The objective of this event is to bring together practitioners from the donor community to explore lessons learned with regard to partnerships, their success conditions and the consequences for their future governance. The underlying question is: “How can lessons learned from past experience be translated into guidance on the design and implementation of partnership governance, support and coordinating initiatives to make partnerships become more “fit for purpose” of implementing the SDGs?”

To register, please click here. Registration for this event will close on March 8th at 10AM EST.

If you want to join the discussion please send a mail with your name and the name of your organization to:, with “GPW2017-SWP/SFB700” in the subject line