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Putting our Partnership Principles into Practice by Anna
July 5, 2011, 1:28 pm
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In the 50th edition of Humanitarian Exchange, 18 articles take on the challenge of investigating partnerships in humanitarian action from a number of angles – UN agencies, INGOs, research institutes and others.  Among them is “Partnership in principle, partnership in practice”, by Christine Knudsen of UNICEF’s Office of Emergency Programmes, examining how the cluster system has embraced partnership principles and where operational challenges remain.  The case study of Northern Uganda shows the many instances when having principles of partnership provided a guide for more inclusive coordination and basis for reviewing cluster functions, such as transparent engagement.  The case also highlights limitations of partnership within clusters, including unequal funding relationships, not committing to opportunities for complementarity and lack of shared ownership or accountability for results.  The need for more predictable collaboration that communities can expect is specifically identified as a major area for further work among international actors.  To that point, Knudsen’s article concludes with a call for new partnership models “to respond to the crises of the next decade, with a focus on the front-line capacities of communities, authorities and civil society” and reflection on making partnership approaches more than just an efficient way to leverage resources.

Full article can be found at: http://www.odihpn.org/report.asp?id=3201



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