Prof Xiaolan Fu authors UN DESA Report on Speedy Formation of SDG Partnerships amid COVID-19

TMCD Director, Prof Xiaolan Fu authored a recent report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) titled ' ‘Partnerships in response to COVID-19: Building back better together'. The report is a product of the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator, an initiative of DESA and The Partnering Initiative, in collaboration with UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP), the UN Global Compact, and the UN Development Coordination Office.

The report explains that partnerships can bring together resources and knowledge from diverse actors, making their collective efforts more powerful. Among key findings of the study, the author notes:

  • A wide range of partnerships have been formed during the COVID-19 pandemic, most focusing on immediate responses;
  • Contributing factors to the “speedy formation” of the partnerships included: a shared sense of urgency, pre-existing networks, partnership experience, flexibility from partners and institutions, use of digital technologies for communication and partnership management, and adoption of innovative practices; and
  • Success factors for working collaboratively include: vision, trust, alignment of interests, flexibility, commitment, and adaptive governance structures and leadership.

The report will serve as an input to national workshops being provided by the Partnership Accelerator.

You can download the report here.