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UN Partnerships for SDGs
This online platform provides global engagement for partnerships devoted to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP)
This free online journal seeks to build a community among those interested in cross-sector social interactions. Integrating academic, practitioner and teaching perspectives on this phenomenon, it offers a comprehensive literature review, practitioner interviews, case study summaries, innovative teaching ideas and many more.
The CSSI Community
The CSSI Community is an umbrella organization of academic and practitioner organizations and individuals in the field of cross-sector social interactions. As collaborations the between government, business and non-profit sectors are increasingly elevated to a generalized practice delivering collaborative public goods and social innovations, the CSSI Community aims to share theoretical and practice-based insights on the role, processes, and outcomes of practices emerging across sectors. To this end, the CSSI Community fosters open discussions during the CSSI bi-annual symposium and the organization of professional development workshops at international conferences, provides analytically rigorous material through the publication of special issues in leading journals, books, and the publication of the Annual Review of Social Partnerships, and facilitates the exchange of information and development of new projects and collaboration across academia and practice by connecting people informally within the CSSI community in order to develop cutting edge theories and practices in cross-sector social interactions.
The Partnering Initiative (TPI)
The Partnering Initiative is a global program of the International Business Leaders Forum. TPI works with all sectors to promote and develop effective collaboration, providing organizational development services, including strategic advice and partnership evaluation, as well as training and capacity building programs which promote new standards of professional practice.TPI has published several practical tools to help collaborations reaching their full potential. For example:
-The partnering toolbook
-The brokering guidebook
-The communication guidebook
-The guidebook for Managing Partnership Transitions, Transformations and Exits
-New Global Partnerships with Business - a report drawing on multiple Africa-focused partnership case studies
-Emerging Opportunities for NGO-Business Partnerships - the cross-sector partnership project identified 20 ways to engage
-Platforms for Partnership: Emerging Good Practice to Systematically Engage Business as a Partner in Development (incl. description of more than nine partnership platform case studies)
-The guidebook for enhancing the role of business in development "Unleashing the power of business: A practical roadmap to systematically engage business as a partner in development"
The Network for Business Sustainability (NBS)
The NBS has recently published a comprehensive guidebook on cross-sector collaboration: "Sustainability through Partnerships: Capitalizing on Collaboration" provides authoritative guidance to best practices for multi-sector partnerships. The authors, Dr. Barbara Gray and Ms. Jenna Stites, reviewed more than 275 publications to develop a model of four factors affecting partnership outcomes: drivers, motivations, partner characteristics and process issues.
BPD (Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation) is a non-profit charity that improves the provision of water and sanitation services in unserved and poorly served communities by ensuring that partnerships are effective and appropriately ambitious. It has publishes several partnership tools:
The United Nations Global Compact
The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.
The Global Compact has recently published an interesting handbook for UN-Business Partnerships.
The International Civil Society Centre (ICSCentre)
The International Civil Society Centre works with international civil society organizations (ICSOs) to develop strategies for successfully navigating change. It scans the horizon for exciting opportunities; enables learning and cooperation among ICSOs and their stakeholders; support ICSOs with developing effective leadership, and promotes robust accountability to strengthen ICSOs’ legitimacy.
In a recent publication, the ICSCentre discusses the building blocks for successful multi-stakeholder partnerships.
The Partnerships Resource Centre
The Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam is built up as a flexible learning network. This implies that it is at the center of a (virtual) network of professionals, academics and practitioners around the world that share and collect information on selecting appropriate partnerships and increasing their efficiency, impact and effectiveness. The center provides evaluation assistance and publishes helpful partnership guides. For example:
-Cross-Sector Partnership Formation: What to Consider Before you Start?
-Designing Comprehensive Partnership Agreements
-The People’s Perspective: Making Communities a Success Factor for Partnerships
The Business Fights Poverty Network
The social impact community Business Fights Poverty has published a series of reports related to PPPs:
-Social Enterprises and Global Corporations Collaborating for Grow with Impact
-Partnering for Impact: Supporting Systemic Change to Deliver the SDGs in Africa
-Creating Business Value and Development Impact in the WASH Sector
and many more
Other Guidebooks, Tools, and Reports
-2014 Sustainability Report by MIT Sloan Management Review, The Boston Consulting Group, and the UN Global Compact:
"Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability" indicating the growing importance of corporate collaboration and boards of directors to sustainable business
-The Intersector Project seeks to empower practitioners in the business, government, and non-profit sectors to collaborate to solve problems that cannot be solved by one sector alone. Their website offers examples of collaborations in many places, across many issues and illuminate tools to make them successful.
-The Concordia Index is a tool that governments, businesses, nonprofits, and other stakeholders can use to help evaluate partnership opportunities. Tripartite PPPs operate in unique contexts, and what works for one partnership may have opposite results for another. Therefore, it is often difficult to pinpoint what makes a good partnership or partnership environment. The Index was created to make this process easier by aggregating information into digestible scores. The scores represent how countries rank in terms of readiness and need to engage in tripartite PPPs.
-FSG has published an interesting toolbook on Evaluating Collective Impact