CIVICUS’ International Civil Society Week (ICSW) took place from 25-28 April in Bogota, Colombia. At this event, Kees Biekart organized a session on Success factors for multi-stakeholder dialogues. The session was organized on behalf of the ISS and the Task Team. Central to the session were the findings of the Comparative Studies of Multi-stakeholder Initiatives (MSI study). The MSI study was commissioned by the Task Team and conducted by Kees Biekart and Alan Fowler together with a group of local consultants from Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kenya and Kyrgyzstan.
The question of what factors make Multi-stakeholder Initiatives (MSIs) successful is becoming increasingly important, not least due to the fact that MSIs are expected to play an important role in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The session was attended by approximately 48 participants who work in various corners of the world on issues of development. Approximately two thirds had some experience working in MSIs. During the session participants discussed the various success factors for multi-stakeholder dialogues. In addition to the importance of country conditions (including cultural, political and economic conditions) and commitment (including the willingness to invest time and resources), attention was drawn to the importance of organisational competencies and the role of the so-called ‘interlocutor’, the entity that hosts, facilitates, leads or acts as a secretariat for an MSI.