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Update on our Partnership Brokering events at CSSI 2020

Updated: Jun 16

On Wednesday June 24th, CSSI 2020 will feature special events focused on partnership brokering – the process of supporting and strengthening collaborations (see below the list of the organisers of these events).

To begin with, we will be hosting a panel conversation to explore:

Partnership Brokering in Cross-Sector Collaborations: Does Place Matter?

This will seek to unpack the ‘brokering’ role in supporting partnering processes and delve further into how ‘place’ shapes partnering.


The panel will be led by Leda Stott of the Partnership Brokers Association, and moderated by Darian Stibbe of The Partnering Initiative. The panelists will be invited to share insights about partnership brokering from their specific ‘places’, whether geographic place, political position, sector background, organisational form or the starting place of an individual’s mind-set or values. We will discuss the role of the partnership broker in each of these places, the skills required to play this role, and what we can learn about leadership from it.

The panelists, include:


Susanne Salz, Partnerships2030: Susanne leads the Partnerships2030 team at GIZ in Germany. She has over 10 years of professional experience working on sustainable development governance and policy and holds a Master's degree in International Relations from London School of Economics. www.linkedin.com/in/susannesalz, Twitter: @P_2030_ and @SusanneSalz





Basanta Shrestha: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD): Basanta is Director of Strategic Cooperation works at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) with the key portfolio to provide strategic leadership and partnership development to bring about transformative change on ICIMOD’s operations.





Martin Kalungu Banda: Martin is a core-Faculty Member of the Presencing Institute, Visiting Fellow of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University's Said Business School, and also member of faculty for the Global Alliance for Banking on Values and the Mastercard Executive Leadership Program. linkedin.com/in/martin-kalungu-banda-a9989410 t: MartinWasafiri





And this is just the beginning!

We will then convene three parallel working groups (each with a distinct thematic focus), to probe further into what practitioners and academics can learn from one another on the issue of partnership brokering in different places. The 3 thematics relate to brokering in the context of the:

  • 2.1. Private Sector

  • 2.2. Local engagement

  • 2.3. Policy Influence

2.1 Working group session 1:

How can a Partnership Broker promote effective private sector engagement in multi-stakeholder partnerships?

  • Planning team lead: Lea Stadtler, Grenoble Ecole de Management

  • Chair: Paul Ellingstad, Managing Partner, PTI Advisors

  • Additional support person: Claudia Leifkes, Partnerships2030 at GIZ

  • Practitioner: Aitor Llodio, ALIARSE

  • Practitioner: Javier Mazorra, itdUPM - Alianza Shire

  • Academic: David Murphy, University of Cumbria

  • Academic: Iteke van Hille, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Focus

Session 2.1 will be focused on discussing the role of partnership brokers in helping effectively engage private sector actors in multi-stakeholder partnerships. Private sector actors have come to play an important role in multi-stakeholder partnerships and increasingly collaborate with governments and civil society actors to jointly address pressing societal challenges. Practitioners and academics alike emphasize the potential impact, as well as the specific challenges underlying such private sector engagement in multi-stakeholder partnerships. Challenges may arise, for example, in aligning societal and business-oriented interests, in managing power asymmetries, and in acknowledging the diversity inherent in the private sector (comprising e.g. multi-national companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, domestic companies, as well as industry associations). Against this backdrop, Working Group 1 will explore how private sector engagement in multi-stakeholder partnerships plays out in different contexts, how a partnership broker can promote and support effectiveness of such engagement, and where and how academics and practitioners might work together to explore this theme in more depth.

Key questions include:

  • Why is it important to ensure effective private sector engagement in multi-stakeholder partnerships and what are the challenges to this? (both generic and place-specific)

  • How can partnership brokers help alleviate these challenges?

  • What challenges/questions emerge from this discussion that warrant further research? Which would practitioners prioritize for attention by academics?

2.2 Working group session 2:

How can Partnership Brokers assist in strengthening local engagement in multi-stakeholder partnerships?

  • Planning team lead: Bulbul Baksi, PBA

  • Chair: Bulbul Baksi, PBA

  • Additional support person: Adriane MacDonald, University of Lethbridge

  • Practitioner: Maria Bobenrieth, Women Win

  • Practitioner: Kwasi Amponsah Boateng, PBA Associate

  • Academic: Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh

  • Academic: Ralph Hamann, University of Cape Town

Focus

Session 2.2 will be focused on discussing the role of partnership brokers in strengthening local engagement in multi-stakeholder partnerships.

The promotion of more inclusive, bottom-up and participatory connections in partnership arrangements is receiving increasing attention by both academics and practitioners. Acknowledging that local, citizen or community engagement may be interpreted differently in different contexts, as well interest in the unique knowledge, skills, resources and experiences that different local stakeholders can bring to partnership arrangements, there have also been calls for greater appreciation of the risks that they bear in doing so. This parallel session will explore how partnering with communities and citizens has been promoted in different contexts; how a partnership broker can promote and support meaningful engagement of local actors in partnerships, and where and how academics and practitioners might work together to explore this theme in more depth.

Key questions include:

  • What does engagement with the communities and/or citizens as partners entail in diverse contexts? Why is it important?

  • What are the challenges? What can partnership brokers do to assist in addressing these challenges?

  • What challenges/questions emerge from this discussion that warrant further research? Which would practitioners prioritise for attention by academics?

2.3 Working Group Session 3:

How can partnership brokers assist in maximizing partnership impact at policy level?

Planning team lead: Leda Stott

Chair: Ken Caplan, Partnerships in Practice

Additional support person: Lola Gostelow

Practitioner: Anette Scoppetta, European Centre for Social Welfare and Research

Practitioner: Joanne Burke, PBA Associate and Consultant, Humanitarian Futures

Academic: Herman Brouwer, Wageningen University & Research:

Academic: Rob van Tulder, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Focus

Session 2.3 will be focused on discussing the role of partnership brokers in maximizing partnership impact at policy level. Both academics and practitioners have highlighted the importance of consolidating the influence of partnerships by ensuring that they have an impact at policy level. However, it has also been noted that engaging with policymakers is impeded by a number of short and long-term barriers, both generic and place based. This session will explore how those working in partnership can influence policy, what the impediments are to this in different settings and how partnership brokers can support efforts to overcome them. As well as sharing relevant methodologies, tools and examples, the discussion will also look at how linkages between academics and practitioners in this field can be enhanced.

Key questions include:

  • How can those working in multi-stakeholder partnerships ensure that their work has an impact at policy level?

  • In what ways can partnership brokers assist this?

  • What challenges/questions emerge from this discussion that warrant further research? Which would practitioners prioritise for attention by academics?


To support fruitful interactions at CSSI 2020, the organisers will use a purpose-designed ichair.org site. Once registered for the conference, you will be given a link to this site where we can convene to discuss, exchange and develop new thinking using the #Partnership_brokering channel.

These special events focusing on partnership brokering will be open to participants who are not presenting at CSSI. The organisers have arranged a special day-rate for NGO staff or freelancers working in the area of partnership brokering. Please email annmarie.ryan@ul.ie to register for this event.

We look forward to seeing you later in June in this important worldwide gathering of those interested in, and practicing, Partnerships Brokering.

Organisers:

  • Annmarie Ryan, University of Limerick and Chair of CSSI 2020

  • Leda Stott, Partnership Brokers Association and Innovation and Technology for Development Centre/Technical University of Madrid (itdUPM)

  • Lea Stadtler, Grenoble Ecole de Management

  • Claudia Leifkes, Partnerships2030 at GIZ

  • Darian Stibbe, The Partnering Initiative

  • Bulbul Baksi, The Partnership Brokers Association

  • Lola Gostelow, The Partnership Brokers Association


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