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Time for urgent partnering

The world responded to the pandemic with a shared sense of extreme urgency. It is this urgency that has inspired such an incredible global response, including new and unlikely partnerships to invent and distribute effective vaccines around the world.

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Money doesn’t talk

Some problems are so big that they cannot be solved by throwing money at them or solved in more effective ways. This seems at once both obvious, and a bitter pill to swallow. There is no such silver bullet.

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PARTNERship perspectives

Impact17 Partnership Perspectives highlight the power of partnerships, the challenges and successes, and how fruitful partnerships can be developed, fostered and scaled-up. The Partnership Perspectives come from the real-life experiences and perspectives of partnership practitioners and experts in the form of written opinion pieces and video interviews.

Vanessa Reuber

Patagonia
Partnering Call to Action

I am looking for partners who want to talk about community energy, who have a cooperative, who are working in the field of renewable energy to push through the solar campaign, we need to move to a new type of energy for the future, and we need to do it quickly.

Kali Taylor

UN SDG Lab
Partnering Challenges

One challenge that we certainly are seeing around partnership is the measurement of impact because, of course, we believe and have a hypothesis that working together leads to better outcomes. But we need to be able to prove that in a world where there’s less financing to go around.

Kali Taylor

UN SDG Lab
Partnering Lessons

We start with an objective that we want to achieve in a way that is flexible because co-creation is fundamental to partnerships. We don’t want to have that whole idea baked before we find partners.

Gareth Owen

Save the Children UK
Partnership call to action

I would love to see a grand collaboration put in place quickly over the next few months, for COP 26. An alliance for humanity. An alliance for humanitarian action against climate change involving the best of civil society with the best of government, the best of the military, the best of academia, the best of the private sector and philanthropists.

Gareth Owen

Save the Children UK
Leading a partnership

A lead agency role involves a lot of skilful facilitation, a lot of political astuteness. A lot of emotional intelligence needs to be applied into the space, and a lot of sweat effort bilaterally with the individual partners if things are going awry, and helping people to come back to the table. And resolving issues as all sorts of feather-ruffling goes on.

Gareth Owen

Save the Children UK
Partnering keys to success

It’s difficult to chair a partnership as a lead agency and be the sort of coach of the partnering process. So successful partnerships, I think, bring in that external element sort of Call, call it out. And that’s a great role for expert organizations who have experience in brokering partnerships.

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