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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 558; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020558

Cross-Sector Social Partnerships for Social Change: The Roles of Non-Governmental Organizations

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Local Economic Development Program, School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development (SEED), University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave W. Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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Management Department, College of Business, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, USA
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School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development (SEED), University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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Received: 23 December 2017 / Revised: 5 February 2018 / Accepted: 13 February 2018 / Published: 23 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

Complex social and environmental issues call for broader collaboration across different sectors so as to instigate transformative social change. While previous scholars have emphasized the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in facilitating social change, they have not provided a nuanced assessment of NGOs’ different roles. We use the Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) research partnership as a study case and explore NGO partners’ different roles in a large cross-sector social partnership (CSSP). By interviewing 12 NGO partners and 4 non-NGO partners involved in the PEPSO research partnership, our research results show that NGOs primarily have 10 roles in a CSSP. They include enabling roles such as consultant, capacity builder, analyst, and funder; coordinating roles such as broker and communicator; and facilitating roles such as initiator, leader, advocate, and monitor. These roles allow NGOs to fulfil their duties to make substantial contributions to a CSSP. View Full-Text
Keywords: roles of non-governmental organizations; NGOs; cross-sector social partnerships; social change; sustainable development goals; SDG #17; SDG #8; broker; enabler; facilitator roles of non-governmental organizations; NGOs; cross-sector social partnerships; social change; sustainable development goals; SDG #17; SDG #8; broker; enabler; facilitator
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Yan, X.; Lin, H.; Clarke, A. Cross-Sector Social Partnerships for Social Change: The Roles of Non-Governmental Organizations. Sustainability 2018, 10, 558.

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