After a decade as part of the International Business Leaders Forum, The Partnering Initiative has re-launched as an independent not-for-profit organisation with ambitious plans for the future. Building on more than twenty years of IBLF’s cutting-edge work on collaboration, TPI was launched in January 2004, originally as a partnership between IBLF and the University of […]
With Hubs in Zambia and Colombia now entering their implementation stages, a third country, Mozambique has just begun the initial scoping phase. The Business in Development Facility (BIDF) aims to help countries systematically scale up partnership action through the creation of locally-owned and run Business and Development Partnership Hubs. These are multi-stakeholder platforms designed to […]
If you ask a room full of people to rate how good they are at partnering, the chances are that most will rate themselves very highly. After all, it’s a natural human instinct, isn’t it? We do it all the time in our personal relationships, with our colleagues at work, in sports teams.
From The Partnering Initiative’s decade of experience working with business, the UN, NGOs and donors, when it comes to partnerships with those dissimilar to ourselves – such as across continents or across societal sectors – the picture changes completely.
Last week’s report from the High Level Panel on the post-2015 development, rightly puts cross-sectoral collaboration squarely at the heart of achieving sustainable development, and reiterates the vital role business can and must play as a partner in development: “each priority area identified in the post-2015 agenda should be supported by dynamic partnerships”.
Inclusive business (IB) projects, by definition, tend to sit in areas outside of companies’ traditional comfort zones. Whether providing incomes to disadvantaged people by including them in the company’s value chain, or developing new markets with pro-poor products or services, they are rarely business as usual, requiring a much stronger interaction with ‘society’ than traditional business.