SDG 17 – Partnerships for change

Forming new alliances

The SDG’s point to significant systemic challenges. Sustainable solutions depend on new alliances between civil society organizations and business. However, despite the fact that partnerships are an invaluable part of achieving the SDG’s, these partnerships face several obstacles.

Cross-sector partnerships are a means of bringing together different competencies to solve the complex challenges of the 2030 agenda that no single sector have managed to tackle by itself. In this way, the SDG’s are key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

However, partnerships between civil society organizations (CSO’s) and business are complex to manage, and consequently they do not always deliver on the impact envisaged from the outset. This fact is clearly illustrated in Deloitte’s Learning Report that builds on the partnership learnings and challenges of more than 32 businesses, CSO’s and local partners.

This is too bad because apart from strengthening societal impact, partnerships hold the opportunity to generate great value for all partners involved – if harnessed right.

Cross-sector partnership guideline

Guide and tools for cross-sector partnerships

In recognition of the crucial role that cross-sector partnerships have to play in achieving the SDG agenda and goal 17 Partnerships for change, in 2016, the Red Cross and Deloitte launched a Guideline and a toolbox for how to build robust and value-adding partnerships at the global, regional or local level.

The Guideline is built up around 9 themes and associated tools.

The 9 themes are:

  1. Scoping and defining the Partnership and Project
  2. Business case
  3. Roles and Responsibilities
  4. Risk and Conflict Mitigation
  5. Partnership and Project Communication
  6. Community Engagement
  7. Resource Management
  8. Project Monitoring and Evaluation
  9. Partnership Evaluation
Learning report - Input and learnings from 32 businesses, CSOs and local partners
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