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10 Types of Global Solution Networks

Diagram of the ten types of global solution networks

We have identified ten types of Global Solution Networks. Learn about the different types below:

Advocacy Networks

Advocacy Networks seek to change the agenda or policies of governments, corporations or other institutions.

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Some networks seek to provide platforms for other networks to organize.

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Operational & Delivery Networks

This class of networks actually delivers the change it seeks, supplementing or even bypassing the efforts of traditional institutions.

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Watchdog Networks

These networks scrutinize institutions to ensure they behave appropriately. Topics range from human rights, corruption, and the environment to financial services.

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Policy Networks

Sometimes networks create government policy, even though they may consist of non-governmental players. Policy Networks may or may not be created or even encouraged by formal governments or government institutions. Some policy networks support policy development or create an alternative for policy. Policy networks also exist to create and encourage discussions on policy issues.

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Governance Networks

These are multi-stakeholder networks and have achieved or been granted the right and responsibility of non-institutional global governance.

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Diasporas are global communities formed by people dispersed from their ancestral lands but who share a common culture and strong identity with their homeland. Thanks to the Internet these people and their affiliated organizations can now collaborate in multi-stakeholder networks. One of the functions of many of today’s diasporas is to address and help solve common, global problems.

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Networked Institutions

Some networks provide such a wide range of capabilities they could be described as Networked Institutions. They are not state-based but rather true multi-stakeholder networks. The value they generate can range from knowledge generation, advocacy and policy development to actual delivery of solutions to global problems.

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Knowledge Networks

The primary function of Knowledge Networks is to develop new thinking, research, ideas and policies that can be helpful in solving global problems. Their emphasis is on the creation of new ideas, not their advocacy.

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Global Standards Networks

Non-state based organizations that develop technical specifications and standards for virtually anything, including standards for the Internet itself.

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