This free webinar was held on June 18, 2015 at 12:00pm GMT. Please read below to access the recording for free.

In September, world leaders will adopt the post-2015 development agenda, with the promise to tackle extreme poverty, curb climate change, and put the world on a more prosperous and sustainable path by 2030. The question of how this ambitious vision will be implemented on the ground is increasingly dominating discussions. Multi-stakeholder partnerships, which can pool knowledge, expertise, technologies, and financial resources to achieve innovative and sustainable solutions, are seen as a key mechanism to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the ambition of the SDGs means that such collaborations will be required at a scale and quality that dwarf current efforts. So what modalities, what 'infrastructure' will be required to systematically drive strong, effective partnerships for the SDGs?

On June 18, 2015, join the webinar to hear two expert organizations and two experienced partnership professionals from Tanzania and Zambia discuss highly promising mechanisms to drive that collaboration: backbone structures or 'platforms for partnership' that convene, broker, and directly support partnership. There will be ample time for questions from the audience, and we look forward to a lively discussion.

This free webinar is sponsored by the Skoll Foundation, and is co-hosted in partnership by the Collective Impact Forum, The Partnering Initiative, and FSG.

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Panelists:

  • Geoffrey Israel Kirenga, Chief Executive Officer, SAGCOT Centre Ltd.
  • Ernest Muwamba, National Coordinator, Zambia Business in Development Hub
  • Sonja Patscheke, Director, FSG
  • Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative

Panelist Biographies

Geoffrey Israel Kirenga, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SAGCOT Centre Ltd.

Geoffrey Kirenga has a wealth of experience in East African agriculture value chains. He is the former director of the Crop Development Division at the Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives. Prior to this position, Geoffrey specialized in crop promotion services, pest management and plant protection. Geoffrey has an extensive network in both the Tanzanian and international agriculture and agribusiness communities, and he is highly committed to drive the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania to delivering on its role as the catalyst dedicated to transforming Tanzania's agriculture sector. Geoffrey holds an MSc in Entomology from the Imperial College of the University of London.

Ernest A. Muwamba, National Coordinator, Zambia Business in Development Hub

As national coordinator, Ernest is charged with managing the ZBIDF operations and business development. The current focus is on supporting and controlling the development of partnerships in three sectors, namely manufacturing, agriculture, and extractive. Ernest is also responsible for developing a conducive partnering culture in Zambia through various ways among which include (i) facilitating partnership training, and the exchange of knowledge and experience, (ii) raising awareness and building motivation around the role of business in development and the potential of partnership to achieve business and development goals; and, (iii) creating opportunities for dialogue and partnership co-creation, including innovation spaces and matchmaking services.  Ernest has over 23 years' experience working in donor and government environments focused mainly on economic development and empowerment programmes, having served in organisations that include USAID, Land O Lakes International Development, Zambia Cooperative Federation, the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission, the Zambia Chamber of Small and Medium Business Associations, and the Village Industry Service. He holds an MBA from Edith Cowan University and a bachelor's degree in Development Studies and Economics from the University of Zambia. He is looking forward to further his appreciation of shared value through additional study at PhD level.

Sonja Patscheke, Director, FSG

Sonja has extensive experience advising corporations, foundations, NGOs, and intergovernmental agencies around the world on issues relating to strategy, program design, organizational effectiveness, partnerships, and evaluation. She is a member of FSG's leadership group and her consulting and research has covered all of FSG's approach areas with a particular focus on global development and shared value. Her main areas of work include economic development, sustainable agriculture, access to healthcare, and education. Sonja recently published the article "Shaping Global Partnerships for a Post-2015 World" in Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) on how to strengthen development partnerships through the principles of collective impact. Sonja holds an M.B.A. from London Business School, an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. from University College London.

Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative

Driven by a passionate belief in the potential of partnership to achieve prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable business and society, Darian has for the last 14 years worked extensively with companies, the United Nations, NGOs, and governments with one aim: to drive the use of robust, effective partnerships for sustainable development worldwide. His pioneering work takes a multi-level approach: building individual capacity for partnering (including developing TPI's flagship training course—the Certificate in Partnering Practice); the development of organisations' institutional capability for partnering (through the Fit for Partnering action research programme); building standards in the brokering, support, and evaluation of partnerships; and a systemic approach to drive innovative collaboration across the sectors through in-country 'Business and Development Hubs' being piloted in Colombia, Zambia and Mozambique. Darian has written extensively on cross-sector partnership, lectures around the world and has played a significant role in driving the public-private cooperation agenda of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation as well as engaging with other international processes including Rio+20 and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. His latest white paper setting out a new country-level architecture and a roadmap to systematically drive the engagement of business as a partner in development, was launched by UK Secretary of State, Justine Greening, in April 2014.

About the Sponsoring Organization

The Skoll Foundation

Jeff Skoll created the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, our mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world's most pressing problems. Learn more at www.skollfoundation.org.

About the Hosting Organizations

Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, is a resource for people and organizations using the collective impact approach to address large-scale social and environmental problems. We aim to increase the effectiveness and adoption of collective impact by providing practitioners with access to the tools, training opportunities, and peer networks they need to be successful in their work. The Collective Impact Forum includes communities of practice, in-person convenings, and an online community and resource center. Learn more and join the community at collectiveimpactforum.org
 
FSG

FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Through customized consulting services, innovative thought leadership, and support for learning communities, we help foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments around the world accelerate progress by reimagining social change. Learn more at www.fsg.org.

TPI

The Partnering Initiative is a non-profit dedicated to driving cross-sectoral or multi-stakeholder collaboration for a sustainable future. Pioneers in the field since 2003, its work is founded on a passionate belief in the power of partnerships between business, government, NGOs and the UN to tackle the greatest development and business sustainability challenges. Web: http://partnerinit.org