The Partnering Initiative is an independent non-profit dedicated to unleashing the power of partnership for a prosperous and sustainable future.
TPI was founded with a passionate belief that only through collaboration across business, government, NGOs and the UN can we tackle the greatest development and business sustainability challenges.
For over a decade, TPI has been a leading pioneer in the development of the theory and practice of partnering by:
- Supporting organisations from all sectors to partner effectively and strategically as well as directly supporting partnerships;
- Building capacity with training, tools and publications;
- Developing the infrastructure to scale up collaboration worldwide though our global impact programmes.
Working with a range of partners across all sectors of society, TPI has developed an holistic approach of integrated programmes and initiatives which aim to achieve the change required at five levels, from individuals to international policy.
We work with all sectors to promote and develop effective collaboration, providing organisational development services, including strategic advice and partnership evaluation, as well as training and capacity building programmes which promote new standards of professional practice. Our toolbooks, case studies and research papers promote new standards of partnering practice and build practitioners skills and knowledge around the world. Read more
Originally a partnership between the University of Cambridge and the International Business Leaders Forum, in October 2013 TPI became an independent not-for-profit organisation, registered in the UK as a charity. To ensure good governance, TPI has a Board of Trustees whose responsibilities include guaranteeing sound financial management; monitoring TPIs compliance with ethical and professional standards; and providing oversight of the organisation’s strategic direction. The Trustees meet regularly and work closely with the Executive Director to ensure that TPI’s resources are directed as effectively as possible to achieving the organisation’s stated aims. Read more
TPI operates out of a central hub in the UK with a core staff working on project development, partner relations and communication. Our development projects, strategic consultancy and training services are delivered internationally through both core staff and a global network of highly experienced Associates. Together, the central hub and Associates interact in a dynamic collaborative relationship, providing pathways for knowledge, skill and thought exchange across sectors on a global scale. This unique pool of ideas and experience ensures that staff and Associates are always at the cutting edge of partnering theory and practice and TPI’s project partners and clients always have access to the best available knowledge and expertise. Read more
The Partnering Initiative was one of the first international organisations dedicated solely to supporting the global shift to working in partnership over the past two decades. The collective experience of its Staff and Associates gives it a unique position among institutions working in this field, and its success is reflected in the number and quality of the organisations from all societal sectors with which it has worked. TPI pioneered professional training for those working in cross-sector partnerships and continues to set a benchmark for training and development services to all sectors. Our publications have been read and used across the globe and the organisation remains committed both to translating its practical expertise into accessible toolbooks and manuals and to partnering with leading academic research bodies to further shared understanding of the partnership phenomenon. Read more
Many of TPI’s services and projects are delivered with members of a global network of highly experienced Associates. We are currently looking to expand this network and opening up an application process for interested people with relevant experience who wish to join the network. For more information on our current associates please see our Staff and Associates page.