Partnerships, power and the SDGs at #DSA2016

Multi-stakeholder partnerships are considered critical to delivering the 2030 Agenda. How are they doing so far?


  1. A series of global summits in 2015 hammered out the 2030 Agenda, which includes a number of agreements to address development financing (July), sustainable development (SDGs: September) and climate change (December). Multi-stakeholder partnerships that bring together representatives from public, private and third sectors are often presented as an essential ingredient for the fair implementation of this global agenda, mirroring the participatory spirit in which these goals were created.

    Studies of 'partnership' also often assume that establishing a 'partnership' automatically mitigates existing power inequalities. But what happens in practice? What solutions can be offered to issues identified?
  2. Thank you Sergio Sandoval (UNRISD) for the image!
  3. Jennifer Hsu (University of Alberta)
    The Developmental State of the 21st Century: Accounting for State and Society
  4. Ben Wilson (University of Glasgow)
    Roundtable Power Dynamics: A Case Study of the Scotland-Malawi Partnership
  5. Martin Lestra (European University Institute, @EuropeanUni)
    Dynamics of rentier bureaucracies: why Abu Dhabi is more committed than Qatar to the international partnership on climate change
  6. Sebastian Haug (University of Cambridge)
    A vehicle for SDG implementation? Understanding UNDP Partnership Agreementswith emerging development partners
  7. Sophie Hermanns (University of Cambridge, @Dept_of_Polis)
    The role of moral frameworks in global health partnerships: a case-study on worms.
  8. Jennifer Thornton (University of Cambridge, @Dept_of_Polis)
    Is there a need to decolonlize international health research partnerships?
  9. Ruth Blackshaw; Henrieke Max (Jacobs University Bremen); Robert Lepenies (SocialScience Center Berlin)
    Real or perceived? Power asymmetries in an academic partnership programmethat seeks to globalize sustainability scholarship
  10. Susanne Koch (Technical University of Munich)
    Preventing ‘partnership’, perpetuating dependence: The detrimental effects of knowledge hierarchies on international cooperation
  11. Moira Faul (Université de Genève, @PPPResearchCent)
    Global partnerships for sustainable development? Comparing the cases of climate change, education and health.