With the aim of adding value to the international community of practice on energy access in humanitarian contexts, Alianza Shire has published the document “Designing a mini-grid in kobe refugee camp. Input data and level of energy Access in Communal Services”.

This is a technical report detailing the methodology used to develop a baseline for providing energy access to communal services in the area through a mini-grid. This initial effort was critical in assessing energy needs before determining the most suitable technical solution and moving forward with technical implementation.

The report is part of a series of technical documents systematising Alianza Shire’s experience, which will be published to share knowledge with members of the international community working on energy access in vulnerable contexts.


This academic paper, written by several members of Alianza Shire and experts in partnerships, analyzes the role of aid agencies in the co-creation process of a multi-stakeholder partnership, the consolidation of internal learning as essential practices for the effective management of complex partnerships and the rol of the facilitator.

This paper explores how the creation and development of multi-stakeholder partnerships can maximize the transformational potential of collaboration for refugee response, ensure the stakeholder diversity needed to provide basic services on a stable basis, and provide a facilitation function that supports the partnership.

Using an action-case methodology, the focus of the article is on the Alianza Shire. Our findings suggest that (i) the active participation of aid agencies in the co-creation process of a multi-stakeholder partnership may increase the transformational potential of refugee response, (ii) feedback loops and the consolidation of internal learning are essential practices for the effective management of complex multi-stakeholder partnerships, and (iii) the facilitator plays a critical and underexplored role in refugee response collaborative arrangements.

In addition, sustainability-oriented university centers may possess a particular capacity for nurturing the transformational potential of multi-stakeholder refugee response partnerships by generating ‘safe spaces’ that foster trust-building, providing a cross-sector ‘translation’ service, and affording the legitimacy and expert knowledge required to conduct learning processes.

We believe that the theoretical and practical implications of our research may contribute to the effective fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals, specially, SDG7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and SDG17 (Partnership for the Goals).

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The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) presents this tool in order to boost the promotion, support and implementation of multi-stakeholder partnerships, within the new development landscape established by the 2030 Agenda. Alianza Shire is one of the four cases analysed for this guide.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations provides a new global framework for international development cooperation in which multi-stakeholder partnerships are essential to achieve its seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In this context, the guide for Multi-stakeholder Partnerships was developed in collaboration with the Centre for Innovation in Technology for Human Development of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (itdUPM), in order to foster and coordinate partnerships between the different actors involved in international cooperation, the public and private sectors and civil society.

The guide analyses four case studies, including Alianza Shire, in order to show a variety of examples of partnerships and explore some of the new trends in the field of multi-stakeholder collaborations. In addition, the role of the different international cooperation organisations in promoting and supporting these partnerships is analysed. With this initiative, the Agency provides an indispensable working tool that will serve to guide and assist us in undertaking and managing a multi-stakeholder partnership, in accordance with the application of the Action Plan for the implementation of the Government of Spain’s 2030 Agenda.

AECID Guide for multi-stakeholder Partnerships (Spanish)

Four case studies analyzed (Spanish)

Working in Partnership: A new panorama for Development Cooperation Agencies (Spanish)


Transformational Collaboration

This paper written by itdUPM Team analyses the transformational Collaboration and the potential for achieving transformation through partnerships as something central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Transformational Collaboration

The article uses the collaborative value creation (CVC) framework to analyze the transformational prospects of the Alianza Shire, the first multi-stakeholder partnership for humanitarian action in Spain.

Open access in the follow link: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/2/539

NAUTIA (methodology)

In 2018, the Technical University of Madrid has created the UPM Refugee Platform, a network for cooperation between professors, researchers and students, with the objective of improving the quality of life in refugee camps.

This year, the Platform published the NAUTIA methodology, which makes it possible to obtain a list of priorities identified by the refugee population and the host communities, through participatory workshops.

These workshops of Alianza Shire provide assessment of current critical situations in the camp and in the surrounding populations, as well as the design of actions that lessen the fragility of the settlements.

nautia methodology

The methodology is applied in those refugee camps that are no longer in the emergency stage, and which are now facing the typical issues of permanent settlements.

Implementation of this methodology is already underway in the Shimelba refugee camp (Shire), established in 2004 and which has taken in approximately 7,000 people from Eritrea.

Download the methodology in Spanish (PDF)

Download the methodology in English (PDF)