Each partnership is different, depending on the participants, politics, sector, setting and more. Each partnership grows and matures in response to changing environments and knowledge gained. There is no substitute for taking context into account and creating fit-for-purpose structures with flexibility over time.


Teams with vision and technical expertise do well to add design and governance expertise. Shared governance, pooled funding, harmonized approaches, centralized support structures and combined knowledge - these are hallmarks of healthy international development partnership programs.

Clearly agreed expectations and commitments,

based on clearly articulated roles and responsibilities,

with clear mechanisms for change,

enable enduring development platforms.

Whether you are a donor country development partner looking for a robust fiduciary framework, or a benefitting country looking to add your voice, or an implementing entity looking for efficiency, or all of the above interested in feedback and lessons learned, a partnership works best if it works for all partners.


in the international arena.

Teams often don't realize that HOW they partner is just as important as WHY they partner. How a partnership program is set up determines if it will be sustainable, efficient and impactful.

(c) 2017 by Andrea E. Stumpf