Building Effective Development Partnerships – Training Course


2-day training course to build the essential competencies for effective partnerships for development

Many of today’s societal, environmental, business sustainability and humanitarian challenges are so complex and interconnected that they can only be tackled by different sectors working together. Whether they are bi-lateral business-NGO partnerships, public-private partnerships for development, cross-sector partnerships or global multi-stakeholder initiatives, governments, business, civil society, and development agencies are collaborating to leverage others’ resources, stimulate innovation and maximise impact.

However, effective collaboration between organisations with different approaches, missions, interests and cultures is difficult. It requires common understanding across partners of the process and challenges of partnering; a collaborative mindset and a key partnering skill set. 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 and developed a series of guidebooks to support practitioners. TPI’s 2-day training programme develops skills, understanding and knowledge for effective cross-sector partnering, optionally leading to a Certificate in Partnering Practice. The course balances core knowledge with highly interactive, experiential learning through role play, ‘serious games’ and peer-to-peer exchange.

Download the course information flyer for further information.

Who is the course for?

The Building Effective Partnerships for Development course is 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.

5-day intensive course in partnership with IMA International

TPI is partnering with IMA International to run an intensive 5-day training course in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014, and in Bangkok, Thailand in 2015.

This intensive five-day training course provides the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to build effective partnerships for your organisation. The course is interactive and dynamic, and will provide you with an understanding of the critical issues in the formation and management of partnerships. You will learn how to scope and build partnerships through to managing and evaluating progress and impact, as well as developing exit or scaling up strategies.

For a course overview and general details please click here. For full details on the course content and structure, please download the course factsheet.

Upcoming course dates

Location Dates (2014) Venue Fees and Register Registration form
Nairobi (5-day) 24th – 28th November  Nairobi, Kenya £1750 Please visit IMA International
for more information
Oxford, UK (2.5-day) 26th – 28th January 2015 Oxford University Club Corporate: £900; Non-Corporate: £700 Please register through our Eventbrite page
Bangkok (5-day) Dates to be announced (2015) Bangkok, Thailand £1750 Please visit IMA International
for more information

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