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Title: New Partnerships for Sustainability (NEPSUS)
Concepts, research design and methodologies
Author: Ponte, Stefano; Noe, Christine; Kweka, Opportuna; Mshale, Baruani; Sulle, Emmanuel; Brockington, Daniel; Kalumanga, Elikana; Minja, Rasul Ahmed; Budeanu, Adriana; Mwamfupe, Asubisye; Henriksen, Lasse Folke; Olwig, Mette Fog; Silvano, Pilly; Namkesa, Faraja; John, Ruth; Katikiro, Robert; Mabele, Mathew Bukhi
Abstract: New and more complex partnerships are emerging to address the sustainability of natural resource use in developing countries. These partnerships variously link donors, governments, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business, certification agencies and other intermediaries. High expectations and many resources have been invested in these initiatives. Yet, we still do not know whether more sophisticated organizational structures, more stakeholders involved, and more advanced participatory processes have delivered better sustainability outcomes, and if so, in what sectors and under what circumstances. To fill this knowledge gap and build capacity in this area, the NEPSUS research and capacity building project assembles a multidisciplinary team to analyze sustainability partnerships in three key natural resource sectors in Tanzania: forestry, wildlife and coastal resources. In each of these sectors, we assess whether co-management with local communities and private and civil society actors, and putatively more participatory processes in the governance of renewable resources, result in more equitable and sustainable livelihoods and environmental outcomes. We compare ‘more complex’ partnerships to relatively ‘simpler’, more traditional top-down and centralized management systems, and to instances where sustainability partnerships are not in place. This working paper tackles the main conceptual, methodological and research design issues arising in this effort.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/9548
Date: 2017-11-24

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