Partnerships for the Goals

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Cross-Sector Partnerships: Role Toward Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Scott A. HipsherEmail author
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Cross-sector partnerships have been used and advocated as an important type of arrangement to use in addressing social problems. And while “Cross-sector partnerships and collaborations are mostly uncritically presented as good and mutually beneficial,” the reality is much more nuanced (Battisti 2009, p. 96), and results depend to some extent on how these partnerships are formed and used. While there is no single accepted definition of cross-sector partnerships, the term is usually used to refer to partnerships which are formed by different sectors of an economy that are engaged on an ongoing basis, whether short or long term, and which are specifically formed to address social issues (Selsky and Parker 2005, p. 850). This entry is intended to explore the use of cross-sector partnerships in making progress toward achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bangkok Academic CentreWebster UniversityBangkokThailand

Section editors and affiliations

  • Monica Thiel
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Public Administration and School of Business AdministrationUniversity of International Business and Economics & China University of PetroleumBeijingChina