Implementation Partners

We implement all our programmes in cooperation with our internationally renowned partners.

We share with them our passion for dialogue and change and our commitment to high quality standards.

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AfriCGE is a non-profit multi-disciplinary advisory and management consulting firm working towards a green economy.

AfriCGE provides research and advisory, green enterprise development and investments services to government,  business, and civil society.

AfriCGE aims to provide thought leadership, raise awareness, and build capacity to support the transition towards a green economy.

Our vision is to inspire a generation of change makers to help Africa transition to a new and inclusive economy that promotes human wellbeing and environmental sustainability.

The Asian Development Bank

The ADB aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty. While it has achieved a significant reduction in extreme poverty, the region remains home to about two-thirds of the world’s extremely poor. With USD 27.17 billion in total operations in 2015 and 3105 employees from across its 67 members, ADB in partnership with member governments, independent specialists, and other financial institutions is focused on delivering projects that create economic, and development impact.

It has 48 regional members and 19 non-regional members. The Governance Thematic Group is ADB’s internal network for knowledge sharing and cross-departmental coordination in the areas of governance, public sector management, and capacity development. The Group plays a crucial role in promoting governance issues in ADB and delivering quality operations in developing member countries.

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Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii)

The Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii) is a unique global partnership that inspires and supports supervisors to promote inclusive and responsible insurance, thus reducing vulnerability.

The A2ii strengthens the capacity of policymakers, regulators, and supervisors seeking to advance inclusive insurance markets, particularly for low-income clients, by promoting sound, effective and proportionate regulation and supervision based on globally accepted insurance standards.


Blue Solutions provides a global know­ledge network and capacity development platform to collate, share, and generate solutions for effective management and equitable governance of our planet’s marine and coastal living spaces.

The Blue Solutions Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through its International Climate Initiative (ICI) is being implemented by four leading envi­ronment, conservation, and development institutions: the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in direct partnership with GRID-Arendal, IUCN, and UNEP.

Marine and coastal biodiversity con­servation and sustainable use has been identified as one of the priorities for action under the Strategic Plan for Bio­diversity 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Blue Solutions Initiative supports the trans­fer and advancement of knowledge, as well as capacity development to enable state parties to the CBD in achieving the Aichi Targets of the CBD Strategic Plan. Technical know-how, improved capacities and the application of (cost-) effective and promising methods and tools can help to safeguard marine and coastal biodiversity.

The following five closely inter-linked areas of work are the focus of Blue Solutions:

  • Marine and Coastal Management
  • Protected Area Management and Governance
  • Integration of Ecosystem Services into Development Planning
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Sustainable Financing

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BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt promotes responsible leadership and inspires leaders worldwide to work towards a more peaceful, just and sustainable future. Through our activities, we aim to advance the goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

We INSPIRE leaders, through our leadership programs and encounters, to take their social and political commitment to the next level –across communities, cultures and countries.

We CONNECT leaders through our global BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network, a diverse, collaborative and joyful community that drives positive change.

We INVEST in impactful organizations while encouraging leaders to embrace venture philanthropy and impact investing as effective tools for social change.

Bosch Alumni Network and iac Berlin

The Bosch Alumni Network brings together former and current fellows, grantees and staff members of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and its partners.

By connecting network members with common interests but different backgrounds, cross-sectoral exchange and international collaborations can be fostered. On this community is connected online. The Bosch Alumni Network is coordinated by the International Alumni Center (iac Berlin), a Think & Do Tank for alumni communities with social impact established by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

The Deep Democracy Institute

Founded in 2006 as a think tank and educational institute that researches, applies and teaches Deep Democracy worldwide, the Deep Democracy Institute consults governments, conducts large scale change processes in businesses and NGOs, and facilitates and consults grassroots movements and communities.

The Deep Democracy Institute facilitates Open Forums on issues that involve multiple stakeholders and polarize the public for groups of up to 1000 participants. It conducts training programmes across the globe from San Francisco and Amsterdam to Moscow and Novosibirsk, Ramallah and Jenin, Downtown Nairobi and Kibera (an informal settlement adjacent to Nairobi, the second largest slum in Africa). The Deep Democracy Institute works in war zones - facilitated conflicts in postwar Yugoslavia - and currently work with polarized political streams in Ukraine, where its representatives also consult and teach at the University of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine, the Ukrainian elite institute for Public Administration. They also teach at the Moscow Business School and the University of Moscow and are regular guests at conferences and educational institutions across the globe.

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The Federal Foreign Office

Training for International Diplomats

Engaging in an international dialogue in order to help secure peace and ensure respect for human rights everywhere – this is the driving force behind our mission: “Diplomacy by networking”.

Since 1992 the Federal Foreign Office has been offering a broad range of different programmes. Each year, we bring together more than 300 young diplomats from all over the world to work on their professional skills, to enlarge their diplomatic network and to get to know each other. Lectures on the country’s political structure and culture, its political priorities and positions, as well as mechanisms of globalization and international relations, lay the foundations of all our programmes. Briefings with decision makers and professionals as well as soft skill trainings and German language lessons complete the agenda.

Creating a vital basis for successful global cooperation, we offer our alumni from around 180 countries a strong network, a field where we are doing a great deal of work these days. To keep friendships among participants alive and help every single participant to maintain their cooperation with contemporaries from other countries, we have developed a wide range of networking instruments. Our network provides numerous opportunities to stay connected as well as active – also after the courses have finished.

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GNH Centre

The GNH Centre, a non-governmental organization (NGO), aims to manifest in living practice, Bhutan’s unique holistic development philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH), which integrates equitable and sustainable socio-economic development with environmental conservation, cultural promotion, and good governance.

In an era of unsustainable economic growth, widening socio-economic inequalities, and widespread environmental devastation, the Centre is relevant not only for shaping Bhutan’s own evolu­tion, but in facilitating the exploration of alternative development paradigms across a range of countries and settings.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Foundation was established in 1999 by Nelson Mandela. Its vision is a society which remembers its pasts, listens to all its voices, and pursues social justice.

Its mission is to contribute to the making of a just society by keeping alive the legacy of Nelson Mandela, providing an integrated public information resource on his life and times, and by convening dialogue around critical social issues. Dialogue as an instrument for finding sustainable solutions to intractable problems is fundamental to understanding Nelson Mandela’s legacy. In mandating the Nelson Mandela Foundation, he insisted on one of its core objectives being the creation of a space which would bring together those who think they have little in common and who might have no desire to listen to one another. Such a space has to be a safe space. This is the space in which sustainable solutions can be worked out.

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The Presencing Institute

The Presencing Institute (PI) creates awareness-based social technologies that help individuals, groups, organisations, and communities to respond to the disruptive challenges of our time, both individually and collectively.

We believe that awareness-based social technologies are a powerful vehicle for building the deep human capacity to innovate from an eco-system awareness and act from our highest future possibility. We help change makers around the world to develop these skills not in an abstract classroom but in response to the concrete challenges they are addressing.

Reos Partners

Reos Partners is an international social enterprise that helps businesses, govern­ments, and civil society organisations address complex social challenges. Reos convenes, designs and facilitates multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives aimed at creating systemic social change.

Stiftung Mercator

We regard ourselves as a learning organisation which seeks out different partners to achieve common goals and which is keen to discover new paths and ap­proaches.

We follow an analytical, tactical and transparent approach, tackling areas of considerable social need in which we can employ our competencies to achieve impact. Given its focus on defined sociopolitical objectives, the foundation must at the same time remain open to change and to new themes and ideas. Thus an integral part of the foundation’s work involves watching out for new issues and exploring the fringes of its own areas of activity. Being the home of our founding family and our foundation, and above all a region of very advanced social change processes, the Ruhr region is the area in which application of our strategy is given preference.

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WE-Africa is an alliance of likeminded scholars and practitioners who share a common concern about the current socio-economic conditions in which we live and are willing to work together to promote a transition to a wellbeing-based economy for Africa.

It is an action-research network, which aims to consolidate evidence for change while focusing on building a new economy and promoting alternative development policies. The nexus between research and action is a crucial component of WE-Africa’s work.

zero360.the innovation company

zero360 is an innovation company that applies collaborative and entrepreneurial approaches to transform systemic social, economic and environmental challenges into new solutions, business models and sustainable ventures.

Services include the whole spectrum of research & analysis, facilitation of creative innovation and leadership processes, and implementation of new products, services and startup ventures. zero360 works across sectors with multinational companies, public sector entities and NGOs. zero360 is developing targeted modules and interactive formats around Breakthrough Innovation, Business Transformation, Leadership and HR, that leverage a bespoke mix of methods (e.g. Design Thinking, Foresight, Coaching) and networks of experts and stakeholders for the development of sustainable solutions - from Phase Zero to 360 degree innovation management.

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