Why we do what we do

Collaborations and partnerships do not develop in isolation – they coalesce around an idea that people are passionate about. However, the practicalities of developing a strong partnership that leads to a sound programme proposal are often overlooked.

The two are inextricably linked.

P4ID believes that a strong collaboration provides the basic foundations within which ideas can flourish, to deliver a coherent and effective programme, guided and implemented by a group of professionals who trust each other, know they have the capacity to deliver and implement a truly effective programme.

Greater recognition is now being given to the importance of good collaborations to deliver effective development programmes.

But what does this mean? What does a ‘good’ collaboration look like?

And – why is it so important?

Contact P4ID to find out

Many partnerships working on a variety of international development programmes are dominated by larger organisations from OECD countries, with Southern partners either being brought in at the last minute or to ‘tick boxes’ required by a (usually OECD) donor.

P4ID firmly believes that his has to change. In-country partners should be given a much larger seat at any partnership table, respected for the contributions they make and allowed equal voice in the design of any programme that affects their country or community.

Steps are moving in the right direction with the more inclusive Sustainable Development Goals process, but there is still a long way to go.

Donors require increasingly complicated, online applications for funding, written in a specific kind of ‘donor speak’ not much understood outside of the bid writing and donor communities. This makes many pots of money completely inaccessible to many of those whose communities most need them. Smaller organisations with no dedicated fundraising or bid writing departments barely stand a chance of accessing these funding bodies.

P4ID can help, not only with bid writing, but also to unlock the dark art of applying for funds by building capacity, translate the language and mentor organisations through the often daunting funding application process.

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