Re-thinking Partnerships

May 29 - June 15, 2017

The call for applications for the 2017 program is now closed. Check back in May for our 2018 offerings.

Development requires collaboration to meet mutual interests and the Sustainable Development Goals highlight the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships. The objective of this course is to re-think partnerships and to enhance capacity to collaborate across difference for positive social change.
Starting from personal experience, participants will reflect on their current approach to partnerships. Learning continues through exploration of field case studies, theory, strategies, power analysis  and innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships.  Negotiation and analysis skills will also be enhanced to ensure participants’ future collaboration is based on existing assets and strengths.
Ultimately the course will result in shared knowledge for intentional, equitable and effective partnerships.

Personal benefits

  • Gain a greater understanding of the complexities and principals involved with multi-sector and multiple-actor collaboration and working in partnerships;
  • Develop skills required for designing, assessing, managing, facilitating, and negotiating in multi-party stakeholder settings;
  • Learn lessons from real multi-stakeholder situations including your own;
  • Identify strategies for applying learnings to diverse contexts

Organizational benefits

  • Review, develop and strengthen partnership strategies that help achieve organizational goals and create collaborative relationships with other development actors;
  • Build a partnership framework to analyze potential partners, develop strategies to strengthen partnerships

Who should take the program?

This certificate is designed for those currently working in a multi-stakeholder environment and whose work could be enhanced by intentional collaboration and partnerships. Ideally, the certificate will involve participants from a variety of stakeholder perspectives: local NGOs, community groups, the private sector, funders, government, international agencies, and civil society organizations.

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Tuition 3,000 CAD
Accommodation and meals 1,500 CAD
Total 4,500 CAD

Program costs are subject to change.

All successful applicants are responsible for the cost of travel.

Most qualified candidates receive a scholarship to assist with program costs. Please visit the scholarship page.


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