Projects

The MSP Institute is working closely with partners from the public, civil society, and private sectors.
We advocate and support, develop and implement, study and build capacities. 
Depending on the project, the MSP Institute can pull together coalitions and teams of experts to work together.

Gender and Chemicalsa project aiming to improve integration of gender aspects in international chemicals and waste management, and increase the participation of women’s organisations and gender experts in the SAICM Beyond 2020 process. We conducted a gender analysis (issues, policy processes) and a stakeholder analysis in the area of gender & chemicals, serving as a fundament for communication and engagement activities and policy suggestions for SAICM Beyond 2020. We are running a blog series and a webinar series on specific issues in the context of gender and chemicals, convening colleagues interested in women & gender issues in the SAICM process, produce position papers and statements, and more. The work has been supported by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety since 2017.
In addition, we are conducting a project to develop a Gender Road Map for implementation of gender mainstreaming in chemicals policy at national level. This is supported by the German Environment Agency and the German Environment Ministry, and will be conducted in German and English.
See the gender & chemicals website for more.


MSP Institute is one of the “radical collaborators” in the 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People initiative, convened by EcoAgriculture Partners and championed by the Rainforest Alliance, UNDP, Commonland, WWF Landscape Finance Lab, and TechMatters. The goal is “to link currently fragmented efforts, develop missing tools, and unlock investment finance that will enable landscape partnerships everywhere to achieve their regenerative landscape and livelihood ambitions more quickly and effectively.”


Developed a Charter for Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs) and those working in and with MSPs, in collaboration with the Tellus Institute / Felix Dodds: The MSP Charter presents nine key principles of MSPs, from defining clear objectives through using a systemic approach and promoting good governance to building effective leadership and fostering learning. The document also includes concrete guidance on how to put these principles into practice.
Developing the MSP Charter (2017-2019) benefitted from a global multi-stakeholder advisory group of experts and practitioners, a 2-day multi-stakeholder workshop, and a wide consultation process among governments, intergovernmental organisations, civil society and business. Using UN decisions, research findings, and guidance literature as the basis, the Charter articulates a positive vision and valued principles of MSPs. It is aiming to promote high quality standards, thus contributing to increasing the quality of MSP practice and maximizing their contributions to realizing the SDGs.


UN related activities:

Workshop in New York, July 15 + 16, 2017: Making Multi-stakeholder Partnerships Work for the Sustainable Development GoalsOne and a half days of focused presentations and lively interaction bringing together multi-stakeholder partnerships that contribute to the SDGs under review at this year’s UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14), and others interested in partnerships. Co-organized by MSP Institute and Tellus Institute.

April 2017, MSP Institute associate Minu Hemmati presented a paper on “Principles an Practices of Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development – Guidance and Oversight from UN Decisions” at a workshop of the Friends for Governance for Sustainable Development at the UN in New York. (PDF Hemmati 2017 MSP_Principles_Practices_PPT)

UN Expert Group Meeting 2016: Minu Hemmati participated at a UN EGM on Strengthening the role of Member States in the review of multi-stakeholder partnerships for implementing the 2030 Agenda, held in New York in December 2016.

HLPF2016 Analysis of Country Reports: 22 countries reported on implementing the SDGs at the UN High-Level Political Forum in July 2016. In addition to studying the reports submitted, the MSP Institute participated at the HLPF to listen and to conduct interviews with governments and stakeholders. Our analysis was focusing on the overall approach to implementation, and the strategic use of multi-stakeholder engagement and communication that national governments are using to initiate transformation towards realising the SDGs. Initial findings were presented at the OpenSDG.Club.Berlin in November 2016.

HLPF2016 Workshop: In July 2016, on the margins of the High-Level Political Forum at the UN in New York, the MSP Institute co-hosted a workshop on multi-stakeholder partnerships for implementing the 2030 Development Agenda, together with Global Research Institute. We created an informal, safe space for dialogue among colleagues from the UN, governments, NGOs, multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP) initiatives, and partnership experts.
We looked at the history of the UN’s involvement with MSPs, and considered options of future engagement in the context of delivering the SDGs. We also discussed factors, forces and developments that may support, or hinder, effective contributions from MSPs. And we talked about next steps.
There is a brief blog article about the workshop, and a summary paper.

UN Expert Group Meeting 2015: The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of UNDESA organized an expert group meeting on Social Development and Agenda 2030 from 21 to 27 October 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York to assist DSPD/DESA to better support Member States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Minu Hemmati participated to present a paper on Engagement and Communication for Implementation and Review, focusing on engagement and communications in the transformation process, bringing the SDGs home, challenges of governance as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning.
This was building on a paper on Multi-Stakeholder Engagement and Communications for Sustainability: Beyond Sweet-Talk and Blanket Criticism – Towards Successful Implementation (Hemmati & Rogers, July 2015).

The MSP Institute is a member of several civil society networks:

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