Building partnerships for development

Event Description

Dates and venue: December 14 to 16, 2016 in Barcelona

Building effective partnerships for development

Many of today’s societal, environmental, business and humanitarian challenges are so complex and interconnected that they can only be tackled by different sectors working together. From local multi-stakeholder collaborations to global alliances: governments, business, civil society, and development agencies are joining their resources and competencies to stimulate innovation, maximise impact, and ensure sustainability.

However, effective collaboration between stakeholders with different missions, interests, cultures and even vocabularies is difficult to achieve. It requires common understanding across partners; collective leadership; a collaborative mindset and a key partnering skill set; and both strong relationship management and output-focussed project management. With these critical elements in place, partnerships can achieve real impact. Without them, partnerships are likely to under-perform or fail altogether.

TTo address the vital challenge of partnering capacity, The Partnering Initiative (TPI) and the Centre of Partnerships for Development (CAD) have pioneered a range of training courses, delivered around the world. This 3-day Course develops skills, understanding and knowledge for effective cross-sector partnering, and balances core knowledge with highly interactive, experiential learning through role play, ‘serious games’ and peer-to-peer exchange. The course optionally leads to a Certificate in Partnering Practice.


By the end of the course, participants will have gained:

  • Understanding of the rationale for, and risks of, partnering and when, and when not, to partner.
  • Appreciation of what each societal sector has to offer along with their drivers, societal roles, mindset and challenges.
  • Clarity over what constitutes a ‘transactional collaboration’, what is a ‘genuine partnership’ and where each may be appropriate.
  • Understanding of the process of developing partnerships and appreciation of the ‘guiding principles’, challenges and success factors behind effective partnership.
  • Understanding of what it takes to be a ‘good’ partner and development of some of the essential human relationship-building and negotiation skills required.
  • Understanding how to create partnering agreements, implement and manage partnerships successfully.

Organized by

The BIPRC jointly with The Partnering Initiative (TPI) and the Centre of Partnerships for Development (CAD)

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Related links

The Partnering Initiative

Centre of Partnerships for Development