Engagement platforms are variously known as multi-stakeholder platforms or innovation platforms. In general terms, an engagement platform is an opportunity for individuals and people representing organizations with different backgrounds and interests to come together to diagnose problems, identify opportunities and implement solutions. They may engage in design and implementation as a platform, in smaller groups, or individually. Over the past ten years, the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) has used engagement platforms across a wide range of scales to address an equally wide range of challenges. Based on this experience, this briefing outlines seven 'lessons from the field'.
Clayton, T.; Victor, M. Seven lessons learned to catalyze African innovation through engagement platforms. CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2013) 4 pp.