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Collaborative governance for development: Strengthening institutional social capital for sustainable development in Small Island Developing States

Working paper

Image credit:Nanumaga island, Tuvalu | Credit: TCAP/UNDP | CC BY-NC 2.0

This working paper examines the collaborative governance (CG) process and its implications for achieving inclusive and sustainable development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It argues that inclusive and integrated CG structures strengthen SIDS’ collective ability to catalyse endogenous development and prosperity for all, by fostering synergies, resources, and a shared commitment among participative actors to provide high-quality public services.

Non-governmental players, including civil society organisations, the private sector, and international organisations, collaborate with governments in formal policy-making and service delivery processes. Despite CG being widely discussed and featured in key SIDS documents – the Barbados Programme of Action (1994), Mauritius Strategy (2005), and The SAMOA Pathway (2014) – a complete implementation of CG institutions in and across SIDS has yet to take place.

As the paper addresses this issue of institutional mismatch, it presents an Integrated Collaborative Governance Framework (ICGF) as a strategy to catalyse endogenous sustainable development pathways in SIDS. The report uses quantitative and qualitative data analysis to present comparative perspectives between the 38 United Nations (UN) SIDS, as well as a detailed case study of CG in Cabo Verde.

Author: José Maria Gomes Lopes

Dr Jose Lopes presented the initial draft of this paper at the SIDS Future Forum in March 2024. Timestamp 2:58:22


SIDS Future Forum Day 1 Block 1