Understanding Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships: Examples from Latin America and Southern Africa

Global Philanthropists Circle (Synergos)



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In 1994 and 1995, the Synergos Institute undertook two major assignments aimed at deepening knowledge on different facets of multi-stakeholder partnership formation and disseminating the information to key stakeholders with a view to increasing commitment to this approach.
The first assignment focused on building momentum for increasing partnerships between governments and civil society organizations. Focusing on Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia, the program involved creating task forces in each country, facilitated by local civil society organization (CSO) partners, commissioning background papers from local specialists, convening one or more “national consultations” or “dialogues” in each country to generate an action agenda, and convening an international workshop to analyze the recommendations and results.
The second assignment again focused on three countries, in this case South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. It focused on harvesting learning from the experience of business/community partnerships.



  • Partnership
  • Strategy


  • Africa
  • Latin America

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