oa African Journal of Public Affairs - Multi-sector stakeholder partnerships as a mechanism for creating public value

Volume 9 Number 9
  • ISSN : 1997-7441



Multi-stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs) were formally recognised as an important mechanism for the promotion and implementation of sustainable development at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in 2002 (Atkisson 2015). The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 agenda of 17 “Goals to Transform Our World” was adopted in 2017. The aim of these goals, as an extension of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), is to facilitate the attainment of universal, inclusive and indivisible growth and development, the Agenda calls for action by all countries to improve the lives of people everywhere. Goal 17 aims to revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development. To this end, the UN (n.d.) claims MSPs are crucial to leverage the inter-linkages between the SDGs to enhance their effectiveness and impact and accelerate progress in achieving the Goals. The article conceptualises MSPs as a means to achieve public value. The research approach is based on applying unobtrusive research techniques conducted by means of a literature study. The findings of the research suggests that an MSP is an important governance mechanism to facilitate and strengthen public value.

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