Does the cost and complexity of partnerships mean that most organisations should focus more, and collaborate less…? Partnerships can be costly and complex, and often they don’t deliver their intended goals, but this is not because there is anything inherently wrong with the approach. The usual problem with partnerships is that they are too rarely used effectively.
The vision is clear and compelling: a world in which business prospers, societies thrive and the environment flourishes. Leaders from across all sectors understand the interconnectedness of their interests, drop zero-sum-game mentality and work tirelessly together to create ever-increasing value for all.
Delivering the SDGs will require partnerships across business, governments, donors, the UN and NGOs at a scale that dwarfs current efforts of collaboration. This is a significant undertaking, beyond the ability of our current systems to deliver. TPI and C-Change are two organisations on a mission: to help to design and build the new infrastructure […]
One of the keys for success for innovative approaches is being user- and problem-centric. In the context of partnership, this means that, rather than viewing a situation through existing organisational lenses, it is important to develop a clear shared understanding of the problem to be solved, and of the intended user group.
For collaboration to contribute at scale to the SDGs, significant investment in the overall enabling infrastructure, capacity and environment for partnering is required By Darian Stibbe, Executive Director Collaboration across societal sectors has emerged as one of the defining concepts of international development in the 21st Century. Initially a response to the limitations of traditional state-led, […]