New realities in the shifting sphere of partnerships

The Covid-19 pandemic, and the COVAX Facility have highlighted the increasing need for effective, sustainable partnerships. We have all become more familiar with new communication and collaboration platforms, but they are only a first step towards breaking down distance and misinterpretations. And they don’t guarantee the sovereignty of vulnerable communities, or the high principle of “localisation”…

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Under the sea

The Secret Sauce for Partnerships with Impact

Here’s a conundrum for you. What does a cold warehouse in a Dutch seaport, a captivating dance performance, and a room filled with strangers have to do with partnering for the SDGs?

Let me show you. In 2012, a guest speaker appeared at one of our coastal community management classes, with a tale that allowed me my first sneak peek into the magic formula that underpins partnerships with impact. This was a tale of trust, communication and thinking free of silos.

LONDON - MAY, 2017: Lloyds of London building

SDG Partnership within the Finance Industry

World leaders came together under the United Nations Assembly and established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. This was a great milestone achievement which meant there was finally a call for everyone to start making a difference.
Taking a look at the Financial Industry, which is one of the largest industries globally, one is curious as to how much of a difference this specific industry has made by meeting those SDGs. . Sadly, after researching, the progress since 2015 has been mainly on GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Choosing the right partner

When discussing partnership terms for each project, I tend to keep things general and fair for all parties. But I also have to consider the strengths of the partnering organization and the partner whom I’ll be talking with on a weekly if not daily basis.

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PARTNER STORIES

Our Impact Stories highlight the power of partnerships, the challenges and successes, and how fruitful partnerships can be developed, fostered and scaled-up. The Impact Stories 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.

Recent Opinion Pieces

Choosing the right partner

When discussing partnership terms for each project, I tend to keep things general and fair for all parties. But I also have to consider the strengths of the partnering organization and the partner whom I’ll be talking with on a weekly if not daily basis.

Re-engineering Partnerships

The 2021 Sustainable Development Goals Report highlights the urgency to break down silos, collaborate across sectors and work with organizations that stand for global progress to achieve a better world for all.

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Taking the car to the vet

I know nothing about return on investment.
I know we need to save the planet but have no idea how. I know what I am able to do in my personal life, recycling, buying organic and local, walking instead of driving etc., etc., I know how to fix plumbing, to a certain point… then I call the plumber. I know I will need a mason to access the leak behind the wall… When I go to my GP I usually get good advice – he’s a really good GP – then he sends me to a specialist.

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Partnering for democracy

The journey has taught me two crucial lessons.

First, it is critical to understand the roots of the problem that you want to tackle.

Second, you must have in mind that a multi-partnerships approach will be essential to attaining your social change objectives.

Recent SDG Pieces

Under the sea

The Secret Sauce for Partnerships with Impact

Here’s a conundrum for you. What does a cold warehouse in a Dutch seaport, a captivating dance performance, and a room filled with strangers have to do with partnering for the SDGs?

Let me show you. In 2012, a guest speaker appeared at one of our coastal community management classes, with a tale that allowed me my first sneak peek into the magic formula that underpins partnerships with impact. This was a tale of trust, communication and thinking free of silos.

LONDON - MAY, 2017: Lloyds of London building

SDG Partnership within the Finance Industry

World leaders came together under the United Nations Assembly and established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. This was a great milestone achievement which meant there was finally a call for everyone to start making a difference.
Taking a look at the Financial Industry, which is one of the largest industries globally, one is curious as to how much of a difference this specific industry has made by meeting those SDGs. . Sadly, after researching, the progress since 2015 has been mainly on GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Re-engineering Partnerships

The 2021 Sustainable Development Goals Report highlights the urgency to break down silos, collaborate across sectors and work with organizations that stand for global progress to achieve a better world for all.

Partnerships

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New realities in the shifting sphere of partnerships

The Covid-19 pandemic, and the COVAX Facility have highlighted the increasing need for effective, sustainable partnerships. We have all become more familiar with new communication and collaboration platforms, but they are only a first step towards breaking down distance and misinterpretations. And they don’t guarantee the sovereignty of vulnerable communities, or the high principle of “localisation”…

Magnifying glass for Benjamin Franklin on hundred US dollars bill

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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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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New realities in the shifting sphere of partnerships

The Covid-19 pandemic, and the COVAX Facility have highlighted the increasing need for effective, sustainable partnerships. We have all become more familiar with new communication and collaboration platforms, but they are only a first step towards breaking down distance and misinterpretations. And they don’t guarantee the sovereignty of vulnerable communities, or the high principle of “localisation”…

Read More
Under the sea

The Secret Sauce for Partnerships with Impact

Here’s a conundrum for you. What does a cold warehouse in a Dutch seaport, a captivating dance performance, and a room filled with strangers have to do with partnering for the SDGs?

Let me show you. In 2012, a guest speaker appeared at one of our coastal community management classes, with a tale that allowed me my first sneak peek into the magic formula that underpins partnerships with impact. This was a tale of trust, communication and thinking free of silos.

Read More
LONDON - MAY, 2017: Lloyds of London building

SDG Partnership within the Finance Industry

World leaders came together under the United Nations Assembly and established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. This was a great milestone achievement which meant there was finally a call for everyone to start making a difference.
Taking a look at the Financial Industry, which is one of the largest industries globally, one is curious as to how much of a difference this specific industry has made by meeting those SDGs. . Sadly, after researching, the progress since 2015 has been mainly on GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Read More