Building a multi-stakeholder forum

Building a multi-stakeholder forum

Why this training:

If it looks like your company will be in an area for a number of years you may greatly benefit from facilitating the creation of a multi-stakeholder forum. A local partnership between a company, the local authorities and the local community (in the form of a community-based organisation - CBO) can help to streamline structured engagement and build a basis for on-going dialogue and joint projects of mutual interest.

The objectives of the CBO can best be set around creating and enabling a common strategy for sustainable development – good for business and good for the community.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Explain what a multi-stakeholder forum is, when it is needed and what are its benefits and risks for business and stakeholders,
  • Enumerate the steps for the creation of a successful multi-stakeholder forum,
  • Put together an engagement capacity building programme to enable the creation of a multi-stakeholder forum,
  • Plan a multi-stakeholder forum – including governance, principles and rules of functioning, and resourcing. 


Topics include:

  • The importance of purpose
  • Do you need one?
  • A case study of a functioning MSF
  • The initiation process / Who initiates it
  • How much time is needed
  • Engagement plan
  • Building capacity
  • Your Multi-Stakeholder Forum Creation plan
  • Governance
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Budgeting
  • Key operating rules


Who would benefit from this training:

This training is designed for project managers, stakeholder engagement / community relations / social performance professionals and community facilitators responsible for the design and implementation of engagement programmes and the development of stakeholder partnerships. 

2 days
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