A close-knit network made up of 22 local autonomous organizations working for peaceful and democratic change, The Partners Network has been jointly investing in local leaders, local organizations, and local solutions since 1989. Beginning with our first member in Partners Poland, to one of our newest members in Partners West Africa – Nigeria, we represent a rich and diverse group of local initiatives and perspectives.
The Partners Network Affiliate Centers are some of the most respected and established civil society organizations in their countries. Partners Network members have worked on five continents and in more than 50 countries. We have developed and then shared many programs with each other throughout the years, such as: anti-corruption expertise from Romania, extractive industry conflict resolution from Peru, participatory budgeting from Jordan and countering violent extremism from Yemen.
Our shared affiliation as a network provides:
- GLOBAL-LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS: Being well-organized as a global network allows PartnersGlobal to leverage partnerships at an international level to bring mutual benefits locally. We are able to partner in many countries at once with multinational companies like General Electric, who want to invest broadly in rule of law and sustainable economic development. We can leverage our deep and broad network expertise to support global strategies of private foundations like the JAMS Foundation’s Sustainable Mediation program.
- BROAD CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION: Members of The Partners Network participate in many other international and regional networks throughout the world to collectively promote our values for multi-sectoral partnerships, strong civil society, accountable governance, and conflict sensitive development. By spreading out our participation in these forums and then sharing back with our Partners’ family, we are able to amplify our reach.
- FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY: A 2013 global evaluation of our network’s model found that one of the contributing factors to the longevity of the local Partners’ organizations was precisely their participation in the global network. We do joint work through regional projects, hire each other as expert trainers and facilitators, translate new programs from one country to another, and help each other with business development, financial support, and loans when needed.
- POLITICAL COVER: In times of violent civil conflict or political turmoil, it can be particularly important for a local organization to be affiliated with a strong global civil society network to provide needed political cover (and even protection). In such complex and varying contexts, as different as Albania to Colombia, our Partners Network members have had access to technical, moral and political support when they need it most.
To find about more about each local member of the Partners Network, follow the links below.