Sub-principle 3.C

Make partnerships more accessible


Why is it important?


Multi-stakeholder partnerships are difficult but worthwhile. Each stakeholder brings a different set of values, priorities, resources and competencies to a partnership. For partnerships to succeed, interests must align, while acknowledging that there are huge power imbalances that must be recognised and mechanisms found to mitigate these when entering into such partnerships. The challenge of any partnership is to bring these diverse contributions together, linked by a common vision to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Partners must recognise and accept that each partner organisation has the right to expect benefits that will be specific to them. Building trust among key players of any partnership is the key to creating a “common ground”. Trade unions have a lot of experience in developing partnerships and overcoming barriers to participation.

Self-reflection questions
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  • Has an assessment been carried out on which actors to include in the partnership and what potential barriers are hindering their inclusion? What barriers are there for your organisation’s inclusion? 
  • Have development partners and other partners provided you with support on how best to work with them? 

Actions to consider
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  • Advocate for institutionalising inclusiveness in PSE partnerships and projects to secure an equal voice for all the relevant actors.

Pitfalls to avoid
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  • Allow the most influential actors to determine the direction and agenda of a partnership. Disparities in power and influence may be harming a partnership’s accessibility but can be deliberately offset in PSE projects by providing greater voice and engagement opportunities to disempowered actors.


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