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

Are you a German Civil Society Organization (CSO) working in development cooperation or a project partner based in the Global South? Check the 2023 course offer in CLI´s Online Academy and register!

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MSP trainings since 2017
organizations and 300 civil society actors

Since 2017, the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI) supports Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in implementing MSP projects through trainings and consultations with the support of bengo – Engagement Global.

The Collective Leadership Institute (CLI) has successfully implemented more than 46  trainings to support CSOs in the planning and implementation phase of their MSPs. As an expert organization for multi-stakeholder collaboration and collective leadership with over 15 years of experience, CLI has supported over 300 MSP participants from 124 organizations from all over the world.

More information on bengo´s MSP programme and how to apply for their funding as a CSO can be found on their website (in German).

What is a MSP?

A MSP 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, MSPs 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 MSPs are increasingly being encouraged by development policy. Ideally the stakeholders from different sectors work together as equal partners to jointly achieve common goals.

Our appoach to MSPs

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 complemented with the Collective Leadership Compass, a diagnosis and action tool for planning, implementing and evaluating collaborative change initiatives. 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 6,000 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.

MSP stories
Partnership for Organic Agriculture in Mongolia, 2019

In 2019, CLI conducted a tailored MSP training for the Partnership for Organic Agriculture (POAg) Project in Mongolia, CLI’s partners from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Germany and ADRA Mongolia participated. The training included participation from the core container and a handpicked group of stakeholders from cooperatives and civil society, as well as from the public and private sector. The initiative envisaged an improved employment situation and economic well-being of smallholder farmers through MSPs in the Selenge Province, Mongolia. You can find more information on this project here.

Supporting Malteser with the inital phase of reforming the rural health system in Colombia, 2020

In December 2020, the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI) held a tailored MSP 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 MSP proposal, having had already submitted a preliminary concept note successfully. The workshop was funded by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL – bengo. Find out more about this project here.

Working with Germanwatch on seven Climate-Related MSPs, 2020

Between June and November 2020, CLI conducted four workshops with Germanwatch to support the process management of seven climate-related MSP 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 MSP.

Promoting and Protecting Children’s Ecological Rights in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, 2021

Protecting and promoting the right to a healthy environment for children affected by environmental degradation caused by extractive industries was at the core of CLI’s intense three-day online Training on Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues in July 2021. It was a contribution to the terre des hommes Deutschland e.V.’s  MSP project promoting the right to a healthy environment for children affected by environmental degradation as a result of extractive industries in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Find more information about this project here.

Pioneering Partnerships for Organic Agriculture in Mongolia, 2022

CLI supported the process in 2019 with a workshop, helping to embed an MSP approach and co-create a shared vision when the project was just starting. CLI will returned to Ulaanbaatar in 2022 to support the participatory evaluation of the project with 80 committed participants! Find out more here.

MSP 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
MSP Trainings 2023

Are you a German Civil Society Organization (CSO) working in development cooperation or a project partner based in the Global South? Check the 2023 course offer in CLI´s Online Academy and register!

Find your training and register

Under the MSP training programme, CLI offers the following training formats:

  1. MSP Basic Training: 2 day-training for civil society actors and their partners who have little experience in MSP but plan to prepare and implement a collaborative project.
  2. Advanced Training: 2 day-training aimed to civil society actors who have participated in the Basic Training, have experience in MSPs, and have a foundational knowledge of partnership approaches and the Dialogic Change Model. This time it is available in both English and Spanish.
  3. Thematic learning days: 1 day-training targeting practical MSP competencies. You can currently choose between the following topics: Kick-off preparation, building ownership, collaboration quality-check in French, facilitation skills and process monitoring.
  4. Focus Sessions: 2-hour focus sessions providing a general overview of an MSP topic. The following topics are available right now: Impact monitoring, change management and networking of MSPs.
  5. 3-day tailored trainings on MSP project planning for specific MSP projects: If you are interested in this option, please contact your advisor at bengo.


Year Trainings Total participants
2017 2 basic trainings (in-person), 2 focus sessions 78
2018 2 basic trainings (in-person), 2 focus sessions 65
2020 3 basic trainings (on-line), 2 advanced trainings (on-line), 5 focus sessions 120
2023 3 basic trainings (on-line), 1 advanced training (on-line), 3 focus sessions, 4 Thematic Learning Days 86


CLI´s MSP project planning support:

CLI is currently providing tailor-made support to Weltfriedensdients e.V and its local partner – Endapronat – to strengthen and develop an MSP for agro-ecological transition in Senegal at both the national and local levels. In addition, CLI supports Welthungerhilfe’s Land for Life initiative, which works with local partners in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to promote people-centred land governance. The initiative brings together civil society, government actors, researchers, and the private sector to find solutions to land governance challenges.

Course offer

You can find the complete 2023 training overview and register at our CLI Online Academy. If you are a civil society actor planning or implementing an MSP, we will be thrilled to see you in our sessions.

Are you not sure you meet the requirements to attend? Get in touch, and we will find what works best for you!

CLI MSP training programme contacts:

Theresa Kuschka:

Guillem Vallbona:

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