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With the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002, multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) emerged as a fresh paradigm in international governance. Proponents see them as an effective and innovative instrument for solving global societal challenges. Skeptical voices point to potential risks, such as implications for democratic processes. This contrast is not eliminated when looking at analyses and literature on existing MSPs.

Rather, it is about discerning the conditions under which MSPs can make an effective and successful contribution. Because one thing is clear: As our world grows more interconnected and the complexity of global tasks increases, individual actors reach the limit of their scope of action. Our study, rooted in hands-on experiences from diverse partnership configurations, delves into the potential, challenges, and keys to success for MSPs. The publication is thus crafted for anyone interested in ensuring the success of an MSP.

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