What are the success factors that make strategic partnerships work?

The NCEA aims to strengthen environmental and social assessment systems in low income countries. In this, next to local partners, we also preferably work together with other internationally operating organisations having complimentary objectives in a country or region. Together we can achieve greater impact. Everybody wins, right?

Then why is it that some strategic partnerships never move beyond the level of good intentions?  What does it take to develop and maintain a successful strategic partnership? In this session we bring together different experiences with such partnerships, and zoom in on what works and what doesn’t. 

Meeting contributions

In the past five years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has invested in a range of strategic partnerships for different development goals. The Ministry shares insights from their experience with these partnerships from two different angles:

  • The Ministry’s Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB) will highlight lessons learned from their evaluation of the partnerships.
  • The Ministry’s Social Development Department (DSO) on will reflect on the recent midterm evaluations of some of these partnerships.

In addition, the NCEA has invited two of their strategic partners to share their take on the relationship under the:

  • Shared Resources Joint Solutions programme, in which IUCN-NL, WWF-NL and NCEA work together in 15 countries.
  • Norwegian government’s Oil for Development programme, with which NCEA works together in 7 countries.

In the discussion we will combine the evaluators lessons with the day to day reality of strategic partnerships, and draw out actionable success factors for us all.  



Facilitators: Bobbi Schijf and Ineke Steinhauer, NCEA