Exploring Networks as a Powerful Mechanism for Impact Research Summary

Research on the potential of multi-stakeholder networks to effect ecosystem level change Locally led multi-stakeholder networks play a critical role in strengthening business ecosystems by bringing their members together to address complex systemic challenges. They have the potential to deliver significant impact by aligning key actors who are committed to strengthening financial systems and resources, and increasing the income generating opportunities needed to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty in rural sub-Saharan Africa. In 2019-20, Creative Metier worked with six membership networks to explore their potential and to test the Converge network approach, adapting it to [...]

Skoll World Forum Ecosystem Event

Creative Metier have been engaged by Small Foundation to conduct research into the potential of multi-stakeholder networks to address complex systemic issues in sub-Saharan Africa, and to test and adapt a “networks approach” framework developed by Converge. The initial stages of the research have focussed on identifying the potential and the challenges facing the research participants. This phase also explored the opportunities that adopting a “networks approach” presents to expand on the potential and resolve the challenges. The research so far demonstrates both the (often hidden) potential of locally led multi stakeholder networks to address complex ecosystem level issues, [...]