"Who is most neutral" is a tricky question! I think it depends on who are the main partners you are trying to convene. There is also a need for credibility, so the reputation of the convening group is a big part of it, not just its perceived neutrality. I think well respected NGOs can certainly play this role well. Bilateral agencies like GIZ similarly have played this role well in water resource partnerships. And speaking for 2030 WRG we see ourselves as an effective neutral broker given that we are founded and governed by a mix of bilateral agencies, corporates, and civil society groups. But therefore my response may not be neutral :)
Rachael Clay said:
Thanks Neil, Will, Katherine, Nathaniel and Lucy,
Once the drive is established (with the help of some advocacy), then Lead partners bringing in a neutral broker, finding shared value and building trust sounds key. Are you generally finding that the lead partners can come from any of the key stakeholder groups (NGO/CSO, government, business or funder), or is this tending to be led by NGOs? How can we help catalyse some of these processes in the early stages?
Thanks again for the great discussion and ace examples.