Three day training course ‘Building Effective Partnerships for Development’, 19 – 21 October 2015

The Partnering Initiative and Business Fights Poverty collaborate on course to develop skills, understanding and knowledge for effective cross-sector partnering

Many of today’s societal, environmental, business sustainability and humanitarian challenges are so complex and interconnected that they can only be tackled by different sectors working together. Whether they are bi-lateral business-NGO partnerships, public-private partnerships for development, cross-sector partnerships or global multi-stakeholder initiatives, governments, business, civil society, and development agencies are collaborating to leverage others’ resources, stimulate innovation and maximise impact.

However, effective collaboration between organisations with different approaches, missions, interests and cultures is difficult. It requires common understanding across partners of the process and challenges of partnering; a collaborative mindset and a key partnering skill set. With these critical elements in place, partnerships can achieve real impact. Without them, partnerships are likely to under-perform or fail altogether.

This three day training course, Building Effective Partnerships for Development, run by The Partnering Initiative in collaboration with Business Fights Poverty, helps to develop skills, understanding and knowledge for effective cross-sector partnering, optionally leading to a Certificate in Partnering Practice.

The course is for practitioners from all sectors who wish to make their collaborations more effective and build knowledge and skills to enable successful collaboration. It is suitable for those working in international, national or local partnerships. By the end, participants will have gained:

  • Understanding of the rationale for, and risks of, partnering and when, and when not, to partner
  • Appreciation of the drivers, societal roles and mindset of each sector
  • Clarity over what constitutes a ‘transactional collaboration’, what is a ‘genuine partnership’ and where each may be appropriate
  • Appreciation of the ‘guiding principles’, challenges and success factors behind effective partnership
  • Understanding over what it takes to be a ‘good’ partner, and development of some of the skills and mindset required
  • Understanding how to create agreements, implement, manage & review partnerships successfully
  • Familiarity with the ‘Partnering Cycle’, a framework for the development and management of partnerships

The course will take place in Oxford (United Kingdom) from 19 to 21 October 2015. To participate, a corporate fee of 1,000 GDP has to be paid. The non-corporate fee is 800 GDP.

More information, including the course flyer, can be found here. You can register for the course here.