Hivos International

A case study of the multi-actor Sumba Iconic Island initiative

In order to learn from previous experiences, Hivos is examining its role(s) and performance in various multi-actor initiatives. A multi-actor initiative is undertaken by several actors with complementary strengths, with the aim of creating joint impact to address complex problems. A successful multi-actor initiative is one where the joint impact is greater than the impact culminating from individual efforts, and contributes to systemic change. To identify lessons learnt from its role(s) in various multi-actor initiatives and to formulate implications for its future direction and strategy, Hivos has prepared case studies of five multi-actor initiatives in which it was involved. The case studies have consciously been chosen to cover the range in terms of geography, thematic focus and role(s) of Hivos.

The four other case studies are: Malawi Campaign against Child Marriage, Rural Value Chain Programme (Western Highlands of Guatemala), Stop Child Labour Campaign (multi-country), and Sustainable Management and Autonomous Governance of the Indigenous Territory of Monte Verde (Bolivia). The purpose of the case studies is to illuminate and examine Hivos’ engagement with multi-actor initiatives by capturing and analyzing the unfolding process, and drawing out the lessons learnt. In doing so, specific attention has been paid to the roles played by Hivos and other actors over time, the challenges and dilemmas encountered, and the creative solutions and innovations generated.

The Sumba Iconic Island multi-actor initiative is established by Hivos in 2009. This ambitious initiative aims to achieve 100% renewable energy for over half a million people on a poor and remote island in Indonesia. The ‘Iconic Island’ seeks to stimulate awareness and debate on issues of renewable energy access and climate change. It is both a platform to profile the broader work of Hivos in this field and a showcase for a high profile campaign and advocacy in the Netherlands, Indonesia and beyond. This case study seeks to demonstrate how the multi-actor Iconic Island initiative evolved. It examines the different stakeholders, detailing their roles and perspectives on the initiative. It also details a number of significant achievements during the multi-actor initiative’s formative years and key lessons learnt.

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