Facilitating stakeholder dialogues

Stakeholder dialogues are in industrialized countries an essential part in the process of matching expectations and balancing conflicting interests. Social dialogues such as collective bargaining, inclusion of citizens in local decisions or the current “Bürgerdialog” among the German Government and the countries’ citizenry are only few but tangible examples.


In developing countries, well-established and refined ways of balancing interest are often not or only rudimentary existing.  Therefore, technical support to build competencies required to get engaged in meaningful dialogues is increasingly being considered as a feasible way that a culture and practice of dialogue may unfold.
Ansgar has been involved in different areas to build these competencies and design pathways towards sustainable dialogue forms.

Among his current assignments in the field of facilitating stakeholder dialogues were, among others:

  • Developing private-public dialogues on local level between provincial authorities, private sector agencies and SME’s (Language: French);
  • Assessing stakeholder dialogue for small entrepreneurs in Senegal
    (Language: French);
  • Training to representatives and staff members of business membership organizations such as chambers of commerce and business associations in how to identify the appropriate contents and topics for a dialogue with public decision makers in Zambia (Language: English);
  • Developing communication tools for a tripartite social dialogue for negotiating the use of revenues from mining activities involving regional government, private sector and civil society in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Language: French)