Building Effective Development Partnerships – Training Course


A 2 day training course which builds the skills and knowledge needed for effective multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Partnership is often the most effective way to solve complex social and global problems, and collaboration is now an established method and basis for sustainable change. Increasing amounts of business, government and civil society initiatives are being launched with partnership and collaboration at the centre.

However, effective collaboration is not just a principle but a process, one that can be complex and challenging. Success requires a particular skill set and knowledge of partnering processes. With these critical elements in place, partnerships can achieve real impact. Without them, partnerships are likely to under-perform or fail altogether.

To address the vital challenge of partnering capacity, The Partnering Initiative (TPI) has pioneered a range of training courses, delivered around the world, and developed a series of guidebooks to support practitioners.

This 2-day training programme is designed to develop skills, understanding and knowledge for effective cross-sector partnering. The course can optionally leading to a Certificate in Partnering Practice. Previously run as a 3 -day programme, this improved 2-day training course was piloted in Washington DC, April 2013. It is covers the key stages of the Partnering Cycle (above) but focuses mainly on the ‘Scoping and Building’ and ‘Managing and Maintaining’ stages. Masterclasses dedicated to the latter stages of the cycle are currently in development.

The course balances core knowledge with highly interactive, experiential learning through role play, ‘serious games’ and peer-to-peer exchange. TPI has previously trained more than 2000 practitioners from global companies, UN agencies, NGOs and governments across the world.

Download the course information flyer for further information.


Who is the course for?

The Essential Skills for Effective Partnering course is a 2 day course 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.

Aims of the course

By the end of the course, 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 partnership

Participants in the course can optionally submit for a Certificate in Partnering Practice.

Upcoming course dates

Location Dates (2014) Venue Fees and Register Registration form
Oxford, UK 9th & 10th October The Partnering Initiative Corporate: £750; Non-Corporate: £600  Please email us to register your interest.
Nairobi* 24th – 28th November  Nairobi, Kenya £1790 Please visit IMA here for more information
Bangkok* Dates to be announced Bangkok, Thailand £1790 Please visit IMA here for more information

*TPI is partnering with IMA International to run an intensive 5-day training course in Bangkok, Thailand and Nairobi, Kenya in 2014. For more details please click here.

Registering for the course

To register, please email to register your interest in attending and we will update you when details are confirmed.

The course can be paid for by bank transfer when you receive our invoice, or through paypal below.

Course fees




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