The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability convened a symposium to examine the multi-stakeholder partnership record in addressing issues associated with sustainability. The symposium focused on the challenges that the partnerships have addressed, including: involvement of several sectors, action at varying scales, from local to global, a combination of public and private financing, and a complex set of science questions.
The experience of eleven partnerships shaped the analysis and discussion. In-depth case studies of these partnerships have been conducted by experts with experience in analyzing partnerships involving science and technology issues. The case studies used a common framework and set of questions to describe and analyze each of the partnerships. A steering group of Roundtable members organized the symposium program based on its review of preliminary drafts of the review papers, in order to encourage discussion among all participants of issues that cross-cut the review papers.
The following partnerships were examined as case studies:
- Agua Para Todos (Bolivia)
- Common Code for the Coffee Community (Africa/Asia/ L. America)
- East Coast Fever Vaccine Development (East/Central Africa)
- Farm to Fork Initiative (U.S.)
- Global Water Challenge (Africa/Central America/Asia)
- Green Chemistry Institute (U.S.)
- Green Power Market Development Group (U.S./Europe)
- Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (Tanzania)
- Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (Worldwide)
- Sustainable Forest Products Global Alliance (Africa/Asia/ L. America)
- Sustainable Silicon Valley (California)
The symposium was open to the public and included members of the Roundtable, authors of the review papers, representatives from the featured partnerships, and other invited guests.
The symposium attempted to advance the dialogue on partnership experiences with a view to informing future efforts. It is anticipated that the results of the symposium will help leaders in government, private sector, foundations/NGOs, and universities, both in the United States and internationally, as they develop and participate in new partnerships for sustainability. Recognizing the trend toward partnering, and the anecdotal evidence that it can aid in a transition to sustainability, this event and publication will provide another important tool in helping would-be practitioners navigate the when, where, why, and how to of partnering.
Partnerships for Sustainability: Examining the Evidence, A Symposium
The National Academy of Sciences
2100 C Street NW, Lecture Room
June 18-19, 2008
Final Agenda [PDF 83 KB]
Partnerships for Sustainability: Some Musings and Observations [PDF 44 KB]
Charles M. Vest, National Academy of Engineering
Examining the Evidence: The Case Study Approach and Preliminary Analysis [PDF 851 KB]
Derek Vollmer, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
The committee listed below was established by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The project's steering committee reviews all proposals and oversees the organization of the workshops.
- Emmy Simmons (Chair)
Former Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
- William Clark (NAS)
Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development, Harvard University
- Sam Dryden
Chief Executive Officer, Emergent Genetics and Managing Director, Wolfensohn & Company
- Kathryn Fuller
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ford Foundation and Former President and CEO, WWF
- Hank Habicht
Vice Chairman, Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GETF)
- Gerald Keusch (IOM)
Assistant Provost of the Medical Campus and Associate Dean, School of Public Health, Boston University
- Robert Stephens
International Chair, Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance
- Derek Vollmer
Associate Program Officer, Policy and Global Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Kathleen McAllister
Senior Program Assistant, Policy and Global Affairs (email@example.com)
Partnerships for Sustainability: Examining the Evidence was supported by the George and Cynthia Mitchell Endowment for Sustainability Science, the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, the United Nations Foundation and MARS, Inc.