Strategic alliances between business, government and civil society are a growing feature of both developed and emerging economies. Such multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) are increasingly being used to promote sustainable development in a wide range of sectors, including health care, renewable energy development, forest conservation, and land governance.
Based on desk research and three case studies, this paper identifies characteristics of successful partnership models and draws lessons for effective MSPs in land governance. The study concludes with recommendations for responsible donor interventions in supporting the development of partnerships. In order to drive maximum improvement of land governance at all levels, specific objectives are highlighted as some of the main conditions for successful MSPs in land governance, namely, donor alignment, clear governance structures, inclusiveness, and effective monitoring and evaluation processes.