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Conference: Partnering for Success: How M&E can strengthen partnerships for sustainable development

Mar. 17, 2016 - Mar. 18, 2016

8th Annual ‘M&E on the Cutting Edge’ Conference; Wageningen, the Netherlands

Thanks to all presenters and particpants for a wonderful conference!

Please find presentations and papers attached to the sessions. We look forward to sharing our conference report soon.

Conference report ready! See 'documents'

Find a blog on assessing partnerships by Tiina Pasanen (ODI) here

Find a reflection blog on the conference here

Find the blog written by Hester Foppen (Aqua for All) on the PPPLab website here

Check out conference photos via dropbox here

Videos of keynote presentations: click on keynote speaker

Presentations and related documents: click on presenters

*Pictures by Percy Cicilia Jr.

Introduction to the conference by Cecile Kusters

Keynote 'How to assess CSO-business partnerships for development' Bruce Byiers

Keynote 'Partnership Brokers – Helping us to partner better' Ros Tennyson

Core conference questions:

  1. What do we mean by partnerships?
  2. What is specific about the M&E of partnerships?
  3. What aspects, approaches and conditions for M&E help partnerships better contribute to the SDGs?

Conference Program

Thursday March 17, 2016 

SESSION 1. Setting the Scene 09.00 – 12.30 (Room: Kleine Veerzaal)

09.00-09.30       Opening, welcome and introduction to the conference by Cecile Kusters (conference organiser)

09.30-10.30 Keynote presentation by Bruce Byiers: 'How to assess CSO-business partnerships for development' (inlcuding Q&A)

10.30-11.00 BREAK

11.00-12.00 Keynote presentation by Ros Tennyson: 'Partnership Brokers - Helping Us to Partner Better' (inlcuding Q&A)

12.00-12.30 Personal reflection questions & insights on conference questions


SESSION 2. Understanding different partnerships 13.30 – 15.00

M&E of PPPs (Room: Kleine Veerzaal)


Better Partnerships for SDGs (Room: Pomona 1&2)

Workshop - Understanding and Strengthening Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships - key highlights from the MSP guide. Herman Brouwer (Wageningen UR, CDI; the Netherlands) and Minu Hemmati (CatalySD; Germany)

M&E of partnerships for development (Room: Hoevestein)


SESSION 3. Optimising M&E for the SDG’s 15.30 – 17.00

M&E of Dutch Strategic Partnerships (Room: KLeine Veerzaal)

Roundtable Discussion - Experiences with M&E of strategic partnerships in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs interventions. Geert Geut (Policy and Operations Evaluation Department - IOB, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands). Representatives of Dutch development NGOs, universities and Ministry of Foreign Affairs - to be confirmed. (Room: Kleine Veerzaal)

M&E for governance towards the SDG’s (Room: Pomona 1&2)

Optimising M&E for the SDG’s in practice (Room: Hoevestein)

17.00 Drinks


Friday March 18, 2015        Deepening our learning on Partnerships, M&E and the link to sustainable development (goals)

Reflect on day 1; introduce day 2 - 09.00-09.15

SESSION 4. Deepening our learning 09.15 – 10.45

Engaging in M&E for impact (Room: Kleine Veerzaal)


 Shared Searching of the Right Methodological Mix (Room: Pomona 1&2)

 Visualising progress with partners (Room: Hoevestein)


BREAK 10.45-11.15

SESSION 5. Understanding partnerships more deeply - Workshops 11.15 – 12.45

LUNCH 12.45-13.45

SESSION 6. Practical Options - Methodological Workshops 13.45 – 15.15

BREAK 15.15-15.45

SESSION 7. Plenary Session to Develop Key Collective Insights (Room: Kleine Veerzaal) 15.45-16.45

16.45-17.00 Plenary feedback.   

Practical information

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Location: Hof van Wageningen, Wageningen, the Netherlands

Conference fee (including lunch and drinks; excluding accommodation): €395

(no scholarships available)

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