Success in development now demands unprecedented forms of integration, collaboration, and partnership—whether the goal is crafting a regional development strategy; launching and sustaining sector initiatives for energy transformation, resilient food systems, or social protection; or resolving local conflicts over development projects. Governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs, businesses, and communities are testing each other’s capacity to work together in new ways. But even as they seek to leverage each other’s resources and define common goals, they often struggle to reconcile different views. These differences are particularly pronounced in fragile and post-conflict countries, where peacebuilding actors must not only come together on specific objectives, but also address each other’s perceptions and experiences of the underlying conflict.
CBI leads the way in building development partnerships, preventing and resolving conflicts, and strengthening collaboration capability within and across development organizations. Our mediators draw from broad and deep understanding of global development and peacebuilding issues, as well as extensive expertise in cross-cultural facilitation and training. Our approach includes:
Whether working with multinational companies and communities affected by their operations, national agencies and non-government stakeholders, or multilateral partnerships at the global level, CBI's work supports effective collaboration to meet complex development challenges.
You can be a pure process facilitator and you can be an expert on the issue. CBI mediators sit between these two; it is rare to have both, and it is so valuable. We were working to synthesize a range of ideas into a program strategy on extractive industries. CBI staff’s content knowledge, coupled with their consensus-building skills, helped us come together around a compelling strategy that will help guide our work for the coming years.
Extractive Industries Global Program Director