- Partners has a proven track record of building independent, sustainable and local Centers that are trusted and effective in bridging gaps between divergent constituencies.
- These local Centers are the hallmark of Partners approach, the central pillar of its technical excellence and the foundation of its global experience.
- The 18 Partners Centers constitute a strategic network and unique technical resource for our clients.
- Partners continues to build Centers of Excellence in new locations throughout the world. Partners' Centers exemplify our commitment to real sustainability and organizational development.
Partners Centers for Change and Conflict Management are independent and locally staffed, managed and registered organizations in developing democracies committed to advancing civil society and a culture of change and conflict management. Each Center provides a range of services to local, regional and international communities. By adapting and acculturating Partners' skills and processes and developing unique specializations, the Centers meet the diverse and specific needs of their constituencies. Centers are currently located in Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Jordan, Kosovo, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia and Yemen.
Centers work with civil society, government, business and other sectors to address a range of issues, including good governance, citizen participation, economic development, civil society building, minority rights, women and youth leadership, the environment and public safety. Each Center shares Partners' mission and a common set of basic programs:
- Training leaders from the NGO, government and private sectors in effective change management and conflict prevention and resolution skills and processes
- Training trainers in a broad range of change and conflict management and training skills
- Building consensus in communities and resolving contentious local issues through providing services such as mediation, facilitation, conciliation and cooperative planning
- Promoting public policies that recognize and legitimize the use of mediation and citizen participation processes
- Introducing the study of change and conflict management in universities and schools, through course development, lectures, publications and academic programs
Partners seeks to ensure each Centers' sustainability through capacity-building in program development and implementation, strategic planning, organizational development, financial management, and fundraising and other financing strategies.
Each Center, along with Partners in the US, is a member of Partners for Democratic Change International (PDCI), a partnership committed to building the capacity, cooperation and sustainability of all members. The PDCI network develops and strengthens Centers through sharing expertise and resources internally, and mobilizing experienced trainers from existing Centers to build new Centers' training, application and organizational development capacities.