This article originally appeared on the website of the Centre for International Environmental Studies at the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

Liliana Andonova, Co-Director of the Graduate Institute’s Centre for International Environmental Studies, has received a Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) research grant for “Effectiveness of Partnerships for Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals: Behavioural Pathways and Impacts”, a project submitted with her colleague, Gilles Carbonnier.

“The project is driven by a puzzle”, explains Professor Andonova. “Global partnerships have become an essential part of how multilateralism works and of how international institutions advance the SDGs. The expectation is that partnerships provide all sorts of benefits, such as new forms of collaboration, new resources and bringing public and private purposes together. Yet we know very little about their effectiveness. We need much more inter-disciplinary, multi-dimensional information about what global partnerships produce in terms of effects.”

This project will draw on political science, economics, management studies and public policy to explore questions such as: How can we conceptualise and operationalise the effectiveness for public-private partnerships? Through what mechanisms are PPPs’ effects likely to materialise? What are the sources and limitations of the effectiveness of PPPs for sustainability? How do PPPs interact with other forms of governance at the international and subnational level to influence results for the SDGs?

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