Stakeholder Dialogues Manual (2011)

Stakeholder dialogues – dialogues between everyone working on a given theme – are increasingly proposed as an approach to problem-solving.

Primary Functions

  • Explains the key methods and tools of the stakeholder dialogue approach

Detailed Description

Stakeholder dialogues are a method for managing change processes through cooperation. Their distinguishing feature is that they involve the stakeholders relevant to implementing a measure. Stakeholder dialogues bring different perspectives together, and enable the stakeholders to jointly seek solutions that are not partial and that do not ignore difficulties. In fact, the differences and conflicts existing between stakeholders mean that stakeholder dialogues possess major potential for identifying innovative solutions for sustainable development. The pooling of funds and resources leads to greater efficiency.

This means that in complex situations, the stakeholder dialogue approach can provide a constructive way of achieving planned objectives by creating scope for fresh options that are viable for all concerned. The joint nature of the process increases not only the likelihood of a consensus, but also the sustainability of the results. When stakeholders from various sectors join forces, they bring their different experiences and expertise to bear in pursuit of shared objectives. Moreover, exchanging perspectives in stakeholder dialogues can also promote synergy effects within a sector.






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