Do governance networks build collaborative capacity for sustainable development? Insights from Solomon Islands

Blythe, Jessica L., Cohen, Philippa J., Eriksson, Hampus, and Harohau, Daykin (2022) Do governance networks build collaborative capacity for sustainable development? Insights from Solomon Islands. Environmental Management, 70. pp. 229-240.

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To build capacity for addressing complex sustainable development challenges, governments, development agencies, and non-governmental organizations are making substantial investments in governance networks. Yet, enthusiasm for establishing governance networks is not always matched by empirical evidence on their effectiveness. This gap challenges these groups to know whether investing in governance networks is worth their time and effort; a weighing-up that is particularly critical in contexts of limited resources. Through a qualitative case study in Solomon Islands, we evaluate the extent to which a governance network, called the Malaita Provincial Partners for Development, contributed to four dimensions of collaborative governance capacity: individual, relational, organizational, and institutional. We find that the network made moderate contributions to individual, relational and organizational capacity, while institutional capacity remained low despite the presence of the network. Based on these findings, we argue that governance networks are not a panacea. Continued efforts are needed to establish when, how, and in what contexts collaborative networks are effective for building collaborative capacity for sustainable development.

Item ID: 74347
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1432-1009
Keywords: Governance networks, Collaboration, Collaborative capacity, Collaborative governance, Multi-stakeholder partnerships, Solomon Islands
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2022.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2022 07:51
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1899 Other environmental management > 189999 Other environmental management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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