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Published in: Environmental Management 2/2022

12-05-2022

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

Authors: Jessica L. Blythe, Philippa J. Cohen, Hampus Eriksson, Daykin Harohau

Published in: Environmental Management | Issue 2/2022

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Abstract

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.

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Metadata
Title
Do governance networks build collaborative capacity for sustainable development? Insights from Solomon Islands
Authors
Jessica L. Blythe
Philippa J. Cohen
Hampus Eriksson
Daykin Harohau
Publication date
12-05-2022
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Environmental Management / Issue 2/2022
Print ISSN: 0364-152X
Electronic ISSN: 1432-1009
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-022-01644-5

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