Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MAP)
Offered in cooperation with bengo-Engagement Global on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
MAP Trainings 2023

You are a German NGO working in development cooperation? You are a project partner in the Global South? Please find the 2023 course dates in the Online Academy and register.

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MAP trainings since 2017
organizations and 16 MAP projects supported

Since 2017, the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI) supports German NGOs in implementing multi-stakeholder partnerships (in German: Multi-Akteurspartnerschaften – MAP) through trainings and consultations under the funding guidelines of bengo – Engagement Global.

The Collective Leadership Institute (CLI) has successfully implemented more than 35 in-person and online trainings to support civil society organizations in the planning and implementation phase of their MAPs. As an expert organization for multi-stakeholder collaboration and collective leadership with over 15 years of experience, CLI has trained over 140 MAP participants from 72 organizations from all over the world.

More information on the MAP programme of bengo and how to apply for their funding as a German NGO can be found on their website (in German).

What is a MAP?

A multi-stakeholder partnership is a cooperation in which stakeholders from different sectors work together as equal partners through an organized and long-term engagement to achieve a common goal. By bringing together stakeholders from the public sector, civil society, and the private sector, MAPs present a significant opportunity to generate transformative change through collaborative action for sustainable development.

Experience shows that long-term success can be achieved if solutions are jointly initiated. For this reason multi-stakeholder partnerships are increasingly being encouraged by development politics. Ideally the stakeholders from different sectors work together as equal partners to jointly achieve the agreed goals. This happens by increasing the effectiveness of the individual partners and at the same time honoring the individual expectations and values of the relevant actors.

Our appoach to MAPs

CLI is a cutting-edge organization with deep expertise in bringing emerging paradigm leadership concepts to multi-stakeholder processes and projects in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The methodology for building successful multi-stakeholder partnerships is based on the Dialogic Change Model (DCM) developed by the CLI, and derived from long-standing practical experience. It allows for results-oriented, structured planning and implementation of multi-stakeholder collaboration initiatives in four phases. Guided by these phases, involved actors can initiate and maintain multi-stakeholder collaborations that are characterized by a high degree of ownership and commitment to implementation.

The DCM is supplemented by the Collective Leadership Compass, a diagnosis and action tool for planning, implementing and evaluating collaborative change initiative. It invigorates collaborative action for systems change and supports the co-creation of functional collaboration eco-systems in complex multi-stakeholder settings. The compass is based on:

  • 20 years of practice in complex multi-stakeholder settings around systems change for sustainability, distilled into success factors.
  • 15 years of scientific exploration into living systems and complexity theory, distilled into six evolutionary principles that inform the six compass dimensions.
  • 12 years of experience in teaching collaboration and collective leadership skills globally to more than 3,600 individuals.

It empowers leaders and change agents to navigate collaboration successfully by attending to a pattern of interacting human competences in the six dimensions: Future Possibilities, Humanity, Engagement, Innovation, Collective Intelligence and Wholeness.

The Compass strengthens individual leadership, enhances the leadership capacity of a collective, and shifts organizations or systems of collaborating actors towards better co-creation. It builds the competence to navigate the how, who, what, where, when, and why of collaboration initiatives for sustainability.

MAP stories
Supporting Malteser with the inital phase of reforming the rural health system in Colombia

In December 2020, the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI) held a tailored MAP workshop for Malteser International Europe/Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V. and its partners. The focus was on supporting Malteser and its partners in preparing their full MAP proposal, having had already submitted a preliminary concept note successfully. The workshop was funded by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL – bengo.

Working with Germanwatch on seven Climate-Related MAPs

Between June and November 2020, CLI conducted four workshops with Germanwatch to support the process management of seven climate-related MAP projects with stakeholders from civil society, academia, and the public and private sectors, connecting with policy and business actors in India, Kenya, Kosovo, Morocco, Senegal, and Ukraine, as well as through a Pan-Africa MAP.

List of all MAP initiatives supported by CLI through trainings and/or consultations:

Topic Category NGO
Structural Change in the Energy Sector in Ukraine Climate Action Germanwatch
Water for Life – Partnership for a Sustainable Future of Lake Tana (Ethiopia) Climate Action NABU
Sustainable Management of Proteced Areas in Bolivia Climate Action WWF
German-Kenyan MAP for Specialized Health Care Personnel Health Malteser
Pharmaceutical Education and Health Care System in Tanzania Health Action Medeor
Reduction of Gender-Specific Violence in Bangladesh’s and India’s Textile Industry Human Rights FEMNET
Sustainable Shoe Production in India Supply Chains INKOTA
Sustainable Thuna Fisheries in the Philippines Supply Chains WWF
Shrimp Trade MAP to Protect Mangrove Ecosystems in South Asia Supply Chains Global Nature Fund
Toy Partnership China Supply Chains CI Romero
Sustainable Cocoa Production and Strengthening Civil Society in Ghana Supply Chains INKOTA
Orange Juice Partnership Brazil Supply Chains CI Romero
Strengthening Civil Society in the Textile Alliance Supply Chains FEMNET
Land Rights in Africa Food and Nutrition Welthungerhilfe
Sustainable Agriculture in Vietnam and the Philippines Food and Nutrition JusticeF
Sustainable Ecologic Agriculture in Mongolia Food and Nutrition ADRA

Other organizations that participated in our trainings include: Worldvision, Sign of Hope (Hoffnungszeichen), Christoffel-Blindenmission, Freundeskreis Peru Amazonico, DAHW, ecoselva, terre des hommes, You Stiftung Bildung fuer Kinder in Not, Susila Dharma, streetfootballworld, SOS Kinderdoerfer, Rotary Deutschland, Rights and Rice Foundation, Nature Environment and Wildlife Society, materra, KATE Umwelt und Entwicklung, Johanniter Unfall Hilfe, HELVETAS Intercooperation, EIRENE, Christian Social Services Commission, Weltfriedensdienst, VENROB, Transparency International, Terra Tech, Suedwind, Succow Stiftung, Solwodi Deutschland, OroVerde, ora Kinderhilfe, Open Knowledge Foundation, Naturland, Kindernetzwerk Sierra Leone, Karl Kuebel Stiftung, Fairventures Worldwide, FairMagnet/Dunia Net, Eine Welt Netz NRW, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, CVJM-Gesamtverband, Citizens for Europe, Amref Deutschland, Aktionsgemeinschaft Solidarische Welt, Action for Development.

MAP support offers

CLI offers short-term support for the different stages of your Multi-Stakeholder Partnership. These support offers can be tailored individually to your needs – from half a day up to several days over the course of a few weeks or some months. Just get in contact with us and we can find the right offer for you!

Trainings funded by bengo-Engagement Global
MAP Trainings 2023

You are a German NGO working in development cooperation? You are a project partner in the Global South? Please find the 2023 course dates in the Online Academy and register.

Find your training and register

Under the funding of bengo-Engagement Global, CLI has offered two types of seminars: the foundation seminar and the advanced seminar on multi-stakeholder partnerships.

The foundation seminar (2 days) targets civil society actors and their partner organizations who have little experience in MAPs, but plan to prepare and implement a collaborative project. It focuses on:

  • An overview of the Dialogic Change Model
  • Understanding different approaches to change
  • Providing an in-depth understanding Phase 1 and important aspects of Phase 2 of the Dialogic Change Model
  • Developing successful engagement processes with key stakeholders
  • Designing roadmaps towards successful collaborative stakeholder events.

The advanced seminar (2 days) specifically targets civil society actors and their partner organizations, who already have experience in MAPs and have a foundational knowledge of partnership approaches as well as the Dialogic Change Model. It focuses on

  • Providing an advanced understanding of Phase 2 and 3 of the Dialogic Change Model
  • Developing structures for successful MAPs
  • Conducting process monitoring in MAPs
  • Improving process designs for MAP implementation
  • Exploring forms of institutionalization

Additionally 2-hour focus sessions have been offered to deepen the topics of the seminars and give space for exchange among participants.

The seminars and the 2-hour focus sessions are aimed at civil society actors who are in the planning or implementation phase of a Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MAP) and who meet the eligibility criteria for bengo funding.

Year Trainings Total participants
2017 2 foundation seminars (in-person), 2 focus sessions 78
2018 2 foundation seminars (in-person), 2 focus sessions 65
2019 – no trainings in this year –
2020 3 foundation seminars (online), 2 advanced seminars (online), 5 focus sessions 120


Currently there are no new dates for MAP trainings planned. Once they are confirmed, you will find updates here on this website.

If you would like to be updated on new training dates or are curious to learn more about our MAP support offers, leave us a message below!


Interest in MAP trainings

    On-site courses

    The two MAP seminars (foundation and advanced) are based on CLI’s Open Course “The Art of Stakeholder Collaboration” which is one part of CLI’s educational programme on collective leadership, stakeholder collaboration and transformative dialogic faciliation.

    The course ‘Art of Stakeholder Collaboration’ lasts 4 days and can be booked as an on-site course tailored to your project and the individual needs of your team. Get in contact with us to learn more!

    Past trainings

    Important information on MAP trainings funded by bengo-Engagement Global 

    • The participation in the online seminars and online focus sessions (including material) is free of charge.
    • The online seminars and the online focus sessions are held in English. Participants of German NGOs are encouraged to participate with their local partner organizations. We recommend the participation in small teams.
    • Due to the limited number of places available, we ask for registration by the specified registration deadline. Further information on content and platform access will follow after confirmation of participation.
    • Technical requirement: stable internet connection with 1.2 Mbps (download and upload) bandwidth and a computer or tablet with audio and video connection
    Interactive Online Focus Session 17th Sept

    Quality of process management and communication in MAP

    17 September — 17 September 2020
    Collective Leadership Institute gGmbH, Kurfürstenstraße, Potsdam, Germany
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    MAP Online Advanced Seminar 29th + 30th Sept 2020

    29th + 30th September
    10 - 17.30 CEST

    29 September — 30 September 2020
    Collective Leadership Institute gGmbH, Kurfürstenstraße, Potsdam, Germany
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    MAP Online Foundation Seminar 20th + 21st Oct

    20th + 21st Oct
    10-17.30 CEST

    20 October — 21 October 2020
    Collective Leadership Institute gGmbH, Kurfürstenstraße, Potsdam, Germany
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    Interactive Online Focus Session 10th Nov

    “Impact orientation and process monitoring in MAP”

    10 November — 10 November 2020
    Collective Leadership Institute gGmbH, Kurfürstenstraße, Potsdam, Germany
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    Interactive Online Focus Session 17th Nov

    “Institutionalization, replication and sustainability of MAP”

    17 November — 17 November 2020
    Collective Leadership Institute gGmbH, Kurfürstenstraße, Potsdam, Germany
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