Partnership Indicators: Measuring the Effectiveness of multi-sector approaches to service provision

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 Read More

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NGO-Business Collaboration in Kenya

Developing countries continue to be faced with numerous development challenges and vulnerable populations. Since government structures and available resources in those countries are often not sufficient to alleviate suffering effectively, the number of no-governmental organisations (NGO) has increased to fill the gap. But as the NGO’s budgets are strained by rising program costs and decreased Read More

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Bridging the Development Partnership Gap

By now you have probably heard one of the biggest stories in global development in the last few decades—official development assistance flows are leveling off, and alternative sources of international financial flows are on the rise. As corporations enter into emerging markets with unprecedented levels of investment and commitment, it means dealing with massive and Read More

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Corporate-NGO Partnerships for Sustainable Development

In the last 15 years, the trend of NGOs working in cooperation with business has developed considerably. The global community – including leaders of international governmental institutions and of the non-profit sector as well as some business leaders – has recognized the importance of including business in the process of international development. NGOs, on the Read More

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Youth Engagement with Co-operatives in Kenya

In Africa, Kenya in particular, co-operatives started as vehicles for management and marketing of agricultural products of white farmers and were sole preserves of the colonial settlers (Kobia, 2011). The first co-operative in Kenya was set up by white settlers as a dairy and agricultural co-operative at Kipkelion (formerly Lumbwa) in 1908 (Kobia, 2011). Nevertheless, Read More

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Children’s Participation

In 1979 the US section of the International Playground Association (IPA, now renamed the International Association for the Child’s Right to Play) recommended that their contribution to the International Year of the Child would be to further the status of young people’s participation in environmental projects. Together with Robin Moore and a small team of Read More

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Assessment of USAID’s Global Development Business Model

This report assesses USAID’s Global Development Alliance (GDA) business model for creating public-private alliances. The GDA initiative, announced in 2001, promotes strategic alliances between USAID and private- and public-sector partners as a business model for achieving U.S. Government development assistance objectives. The purposes of the assessment are to 1) share learning, specifically on the current Read More

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A Typology of Social Partnership Organizations

This article develops a typology of social partnership organizations to enhance understanding of the ways these organizations operate in the social arena, as well as their potential for social problem solving. First, social partnerships are carefully defined. Based on the degree of problem “divisibility, ” two key determinants of partnership type are derived: the degree Read More

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