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Multi-Stakeholder Spaces

 

On this page we answer the question, what are Multi-Stakeholder Spaces?  We explain why we think it’s important and our approach.

You can also view our related training courses and news.  We also offer consultancy, facilitation and coaching on this subject.

 

 

WHAT 'MULTI-STAKEHOLDER SPACES' mean to us:

 

In complex settings where different actors and factors follow non-linear and dynamic patterns of behaviour it is key to acknowledge different voices, views and interests. Such processes involve working positively with the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion and the relations that different stakeholders of a given system produce and reproduce. 

 

 

WHY WE THINK IT’S IMPORTANT:

 

We noticed that the international development sector sometimes tends to create exclusive and self-referential conversations on how change happens shaped by specific belief systems and bodies of knowledge.  

At IMA, we believe that one group alone cannot solve most of the complex issues concerning transformative social change. As difficult as it may be, the most effective option is to bring different perspectives and worldviews together in democratic spaces where all voices can be heard.

 

 

OUR APPROACH:

 

For us, a truly transformative process will not come about just by bringing people together on more or less equal ground, or creating spaces for holding everyone accountable for their duties and obligations. It also has to do with the quality of the conversation these actors have and the self-awareness they have when listening and talking to each other.

 

Our facilitation model is based in a set of methodological steps and analytical tools that trigger cognitive learning and rational thinking. However, we also use, in combination with this, a set of embodied learning methods (Process Work, Organisational Constellations and Power Analysis) to unfold the underlying dynamics present in the system-group.

 

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  • WHY: To reflect and learn on the 5-year experience of implementing the IAPP Project with a qualitative retrospective approach, specifically focusing on capacity development elements to generate recommendations to help for similar future project design
  • WHO: The Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project (IAPP) & Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Technical Assistance (TA) component
  • WHAT: We designed & facilitated a 'Reflection and Learning Workshop’ to review the 5-year IAPP project which was a collaboration between the Government of Bangladesh, GAFSP, The World Bank & FAO
  • HOW: Using exercises, activities, and discussions that encouraged reflection, organisational learning and uncovered tacit knowledge
  • WHERE: Dhaka/Coxs Bazaar, Bangladesh
  • WHEN: September 2016

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  • WHY: Support as part of their learning and development
  • WHO: International HIV/AIDS Alliance
  • WHAT: Action Learning Sets and coaching for managers.
  • HOW: We facilitated regular Action Learning Sets for groups, facilitated a series of Managers’ Forums, Key topics were discussed and recommendations put forward, ALS were conducted face to face, Coaching workshops
  • WHERE: Brighton, UK
  • WHEN: September 2014 – December 2015

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  • WHY: To harmonise the knowledge among middle managers and senior programme and project staff around key concepts for effective management.
  • WHO: MSDSP Aga Khan Foundation
  • WHAT: Facilitating a 5 day workshop on management in general with a focus on Project cycle, KM, M&E and Leadership
  • HOW: Exercises & discussion
  • WHERE: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • WHEN: February 2016

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  • WHY: To harmonise the different components of the National Multi-sector Action Plan and to make explicit clear pathways on how to fight stunting and reduce malnutrition in Tanzania.
  • WHO: Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre
  • WHAT: Facilitation of a 4 days multi-stakeholder workshop on Theory of Change and Complexity
  • HOW: A different range of participatory tools was utilised during the process, including embodied learning, reflective practice and constellation work
  • WHERE: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • WHEN: June – July 2016

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  • WHY: We were contacted to support a Theory of Change process for WWF Sweden in the designing of their rationale
  • WHO: WWF Sweden ToC - SIDA
  • WHAT: Supporting the next 5 years SIDA application process by WWF for the Role of Civil Society in Nature Conservation. 3 workshops organised plus webinars and distance support.
  • HOW: The 1st workshop had a basic ToC agenda with some critical question around the role of Civil Society in Nature Conservation. The 2nd workshop was a multi-stakeholder workshop with coordinators coming from over 10 Countries to start building together
  • WHERE: Stockholm, Sweden
  • WHEN: October 2016 - April 2017

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  • WHY: In order to evaluate the organisation performance and effectiveness of their programs and Initiatives. This is part of a broader activity to design the next Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020
  • WHO: WRAPA – Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternatives
  • WHAT: Organisational Assessment
  • HOW: a Theory of Change approach dive for the purpose of uncovering the organisational culture and unpacking the values.
  • WHERE: Abuja, Nigeria
  • WHEN: December 2014 – March 2015

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  • WHY: The ecosystem approach offers a practical and effective means to manage fisheries more holistically
  • WHO: Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project
  • WHAT: Multi stakeholder ecosystem management and learning
  • HOW: Workshops, website and training
  • WHERE: UK, Thailand & online
  • WHEN: 2011 - 2017

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