Partnerships are not an end in themselves –they are formed to achieve other goals, with the implicit or explicit recognition that by acting together partners can accomplish more than by acting alone. However, bringing together partners from different sectors (public, private and civil society) to work towards a commonly defined project is not an easy task. Actors within these sectors have very different objectives and working styles and typically respond to very different incentives. Their diversity is what makes partnership attractive in the first instance –each brings something new to the mix, their own strengths and weaknesses, resources and capabilities. Read the Research.