Projects in Africa
CLI's impact in Africa
Lusaka, Zambia - Urban water security
Lusaka Water Stewardship Initiative

Limited access to water and water sanitation are two of the core challenges Zambia currently faces. In Lusaka, the country’s capital, 70% of the population doesn’t have proper sanitation infrastructure, which has serious health and economic implications for communities and businesses.
In 2016-2017, CLI worked closely with GIZ’s International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) and local Zambian leaders from across sectors to establish the Lusaka Water Security Initiative (LuWSI) and to work toward a vision of a water secure, healthy, and prosperous city. CLI supported the involved actors by building multi-stakeholder collaboration and dialogue capacity, co-designing the roles and responsibilities of key structures – such as the Steering Board, Technical Working Group, and Secretariat – and co-facilitating their initial meetings.
One capacity building, “Collective Leadership for Water Security: Strengthening water stewardship partnerships for achieving common goals” was organized in nearby Uganda for Zambian actors, plus those from 8 other IWaSP countries.
In cooperation with IWaSP Headquarters in Germany, CLI co-designed and integrated the Collective Leadership Compass  into the Water Risk and Action Framework (WRAF), a guide for practitioners for forming and executing water stewardship partnerships. The framework supports individuals, teams and organizations to build vibrant and robust “collaboration ecosystems” that achieve water security goals in diverse contexts.

The Art of Stakeholder Collaboration

- 4 days of training
- core methodology: CLI Dialogic Change Model
- tuition fee: € 1,650.00
Registration status: CLOSED

14 May — 17 May 2019
Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Hatfield Street, Cape Town City Centre, GARDENS, South Africa
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African Union - Supporting Good Governance among the Member States
African Union Good Governance Project
How to combine “flatland” and “wonderland” – dialogic and structural elements – in building sustainable multi-stakeholder processes? This was one of the burning questions discussed during the tailor-made training Stakeholder Dialogues for the African Union Commission (AUC)/GIZ programme Strengthening the capacity of the AU Commission in the field of good governance in June 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The participants learned how to develop fruitful collaboration with key stakeholders, such as Africa’s regional economic communities and representatives of the member states, in order for the Departments of Political Affairs and Social Affairs to raise standards of democracy, elections, and human rights in the AU member states.
Rwanda - Public Private Dialogue: Cross-Sector Collaboration
Public Private Partnership in Rwanda
In the context of the Rwandan Public-Private Dialogue (RPPD) Mechanism, established by the Rwandan government, the Collective Leadership Institute trained the core container of actors in effective stakeholder engagement, internal and external communication, monitoring, and regular reviews. The goal was to facilitate on-going dialogue between the public and private sectors at the local and national levels to identify barriers to private sector cooperation.
The result: The RPPD mechanism now operates throughout the 30 districts of Rwanda. Public and private sector stakeholders hold regular dialogues to address administrative and policy issues experienced by local business people and to resolve them at the local level. In this way, gaps impeding business growth are identified and addressed. The five missions are supported by the GIZ EcoEmploi programme.
The Comoros Island - From Conflict to Unity
Conflict Management in the Health Sector, Comoros Islands

Members and non-members of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) were invited to take part in a Stakeholder Dialogues tailor-made course and undertook a detailed stakeholder analysis of the health sector of the Comoros. This helped identify some of the strengths and weaknesses of the different key players, led to intense discussions on roles and responsibilities, and greatly contributed to understanding the context. The tailor-made workshop enabled the group to develop a common understanding of what the CCM is, why it exists, and how each different stakeholder can contribute to its effective operation through proper engagement. This lead-up helped to create a space for dialogue on existing issues, to overcome misunderstandings, and to take joint steps in the fight against malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS.

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South Africa - Violence Prevention
Violence Prevention in South Africa

Participants of this tailor-made Stakeholder Dialogues course comprised both GIZ staff in South Africa and their partners from the public sector, civil society, and community-based organisations who were trained to cooperate more effectively to promote the safety of particularly vulnerable population groups in disadvantaged communities. The participants identified a common vision for the GIZ violence Prevention and Safe Public Spaces programme and established the success factors for meaningful stakeholder engagement.

Africa - African Cashew Initiative
African Cashew Initiative

The purpose of the African Cashew Initiative (ACi) was to strengthen the global competitiveness of cashew production and processing in five pilot countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique, and Côte d’Ivoire). CLI supported the multi-stakeholder initiative and provided stakeholder engagement strategies on various levels. CLI also assisted the contextual preparation and facilitated strategic stakeholder events that brought together actors from public and private sectors, as well as from international civil society organisations.

Senegal - Supporting Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
Small and medium-sized enterprises in Senegal

Small and medium sized enterprises are an important part of the Senegalese economy, yet current laws and government policies do not create an enabling environment for boosting the prosperity of many small businesses. CLI initiated an engagement process to address this situation by analysing the different viewpoints and including key actors that were previously left out. Eventually, a new sense of common ownership developed around the original aim of the initiative.

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