MSP Charter

We are developing a Charter for Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs) and those working in and with MSPs, articulating key principles of working in MSPs.

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This is a project undertaken jointly by MSP Institute (Minu Hemmati, Berlin, Germany) and Tellus Institute (Felix Dodds, Apex, US).

The MSP Charter shall outline the main characteristics and principles of MSPs, including how they aim to work internally, and it shall include a sign-on process for partnerships and those working with, in, or on MSPs to declare that they aim to adhere to the principles and standards of the MSP Charter.

We have created a draft MSP Charter, and provide background information and links at

We are convinced we need this to create a useful, widely shared definition of MSPs in the political and funders arena, keep establishing standards of good quality and keep building a community of (good) practice, and in the longer term establish some kind of certification mechanism for monitoring and learning purposes.

Next steps for the MSP Charter are:

  • initiating the consultation process via website, email, a blog article and social media in April and May 2018
  • reviewing inputs and comments and redrafting the MSP Charter, including in consultation with the advisory board members, during June / July 2018
  • presenting a 2nd draft of the MSP Charter at a workshop gathering MSP Support Platforms during HLPF in New York, July 14/15, for further discussion
  • preparing a launch event/process and launching the Charter around the UN GA in September.

In parallel, we are developing ides for a mechanism for signing up, monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the MSP Charter.

Please get in touch with us if you want to be involved – email us at info(at)