Multi-Actor Networks

Multi-actor networks are partnerships of actors from governments, business, civil society and academia at the national or international level to address challenges that require collaboration among the relevant stakeholders. The networks are characterized by a certain degree of institutionalization.

We enable international Partnerships

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the proclamation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations is pointing to the high global-societal and interdisciplinary complexity as well as the acute need for action. With the development goal 17 "Strengthen means of implementation and breathe new life into the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development", they underline the importance of increased cooperation.

Partnerships between different actors at national and international level play an important role here. With their help, challenges can be addressed that cannot be solved by one actor alone. Cooperation improves problem-solving capacities and the legitimacy of national and transnational governance. The focus is on common good-oriented solutions to a societal challenge.

Collaboration here can be characterized by varying degrees of involvement of actors from different groups (government, business, civil society and academia) and by a certain degree of institutionalization. This should enable all stakeholders involved to participate and contribute to the solution on an equal footing.

What are the different types of networks?

1. knowledge

Knowledge networks mainly serve to share and disseminate knowledge and insights on a specific topic and to provide pre-state policy advice. In this process, different sources of knowledge from practitioners, civil society, businesses and government institutions - usually from different countries - come together to pool expertise and advance knowledge.

2. standardization

Standardization networks strive for voluntary standards in areas where there are no binding or only insufficient regulations. Examples are certifications, codes of conduct, but also transparent publications of information in a specific area.

Action 3

Action networks are focused on the implementation of projects. Some networks deal, for example, with the financing of projects or the setting of improved framework conditions; others specialize in the implementation of trainings in specific subject areas.

The contribution of the Berlin Governance Platform

With our long-standing experience on multi-actor networks, we contribute to the different phases of such networks on a national and international level.

Initiation and implementation

We start multi-actor networks ourselves to initiate necessary changes. In doing so, we attach importance to a holistic approach that is adapted to the objective. Topics such as identification and involvement of relevant actors, governance, internal collaboration and external communication are at the core of successful networks or partnerships.

Consulting and evaluation

Based on our experience, we offer advice to other networks and partnerships on strategy, collaboration and governance, and evaluation.

Projects with this format

  • LEAP Transparency

    The Local Electricity Access Program - LEAP Transparency is a multi-stakeholder initiative working for fair and transparent access to affordable and clean electricity mainly in rural Africa.
  • Garment Industries Transparency Initiative (GITI)

    The Garment Industries Transparency Initiative (GITI) is a multi-actor partnership with the goal of contributing to the implementation of labor standards in the global garment industries through improved transparency and participation.
  • Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI)

    The Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) is a global multi-actor partnership to strengthen transparency and participation for sustainable fisheries.
  • Center on Governance through Human Rights

    The Center on Governance through Human Rights of the Berlin Governance Platform in Berlin advises on governance and human rights issues. Transitional Justice in societies in transition, Climate Justice and Cyber Justice (human rights [...]
  • Center for Natural Resource Governance

    The Center promotes collaboration between the public sector, business and civil society to solve global and local challenges.
  • Development of a Climate Policy Implementation Check

    Ambitious climate targets alone are not enough – policy measures must also be implemented to achieve these targets. There is already a wide range of tools and assessments available to evaluate the [...]
  • Climate Compatible Export Credit Policies

    Effective climate policy needs dialogue. In a series of online events, topics of international financing for the energy transition in the Asian region were discussed in a national and supranational context.
  • Climate Transparency: Engagement in seven G20 countries

    The Climate Transparency Partnership brings together climate assessments and expertise from organizations across the G20 countries. The Partnership uses independent, comparable, and comprehensive data to analyze the G20's progress in transforming [...]
  • Climate Transparency

    The Climate Transparency Partnership brings together climate assessments and expertise from organizations across the G20 countries. Since 2014, the partnership has used independent, comparable, and comprehensive data to analyze the G20's progress on [...]