Business-NGO partnerships


Business-NGO partnerships

Developing a better understanding of Business-NGO partnership types and impacts

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Types of NGO-business collaboration

At a recent workshop hosted by The Partnering Initiative, there was a great discussion about an emerging 'typology' of NGO-business collaborations. The types presented at the workshop were first suggested in a recent discussion paper, Under the spotlight: Building a better understanding of global business-NGO partnerships (which can now best be accessesed on the IBLF website) which originated as part of a Cross-sector Partnership (XSP) project involving World Vision, Accenture Development Partners and The Partnering Initiative

You can find documents describing the collaboration types in the discussion forum: NGO-business partnerships types - partner motivations and organisational drivers.

The group suggested that it would be useful to think about these types in terms of the underlying motivations and organisational drivers of the NGO and business partners. I would like this group to suggest what these motivations and drivers might be, so that we can add this to the type descriptions.

Of course, any other relevant comments and suggestions that the typology prompts will also be of value!

The Partnering Initiative is a global programme of the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), working in association with the European Partnership for Sustainable Development, Overseas Development Institute, United Nations System Staff College and University of Cambridge Programme for Industry.

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Comment by Crystal Kigoni on January 17, 2011 at 9:07
The Rural Internet Kiosk and Youth Empowerment Center project is a public private partnership between Intersat Africa, a for profit company, Voices of Africa for Sustainable Development, a non-governmental organization, sponsoring and advertising companies who want to include rural areas in their supply chain, and village level community based organizations, youth groups, and farmer's associations who learn by using the technology and capitalize upon the business investment to create local economic development. We are actively looking for additional partners, advertisers, and as always creative feedback on how to make our project better. Business can achieve poverty reduction and we are determined to prove it.
Comment by Elena Korf on April 15, 2011 at 11:27

Dear Colleagues

The Partnering Initiative of the International Business Leaders Forum and the Aga Khan Development Network are now implementing the next phase of the Civil Society Programme with the aim to facilitate partnerships between companies and civil society organisations in East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, to achieve MDGS.

This is a 6 month programme (April –September 2011) during which we intend to conduct the following activities:
- a survey of companies and CSOs “Business-CSO partnerships in East Africa to Achieve Millennium Development Goals” primarily looking at current CSR issues and opportunities for partnerships
- training in Nairobi in CSR and cross-sector partnerships and a networking event (27 June-1 July)

The aim of the survey is to:
- Understand the current issues for companies that can be mitigated through cooperation with CSOs
- Identify key challenges and best practice
- Make practical recommendations to companies and to CSOs on how to achieve the most beneficial win-win outcomes.

If you operate in these countries, I would be grateful if you could take part in this quick on-line survey:
If you are a company:
If you are a civil society organisation:

Please submit your comments by 10 May.
I will post the findings here in June. THANK YOU!

Comment by Hadji Beye on November 8, 2011 at 16:30


We believe that a partnership with a NGO would be an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the ability of our social enterprise aimed at reducing water scarcity and creating jobs in remote rural areas.


SWAF Africa


El Hadji Beye

Comment by Hadji Beye on November 8, 2011 at 16:33

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Comment by Kalyani Gandhi-Rhodes on December 14, 2011 at 9:23

Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen's recent brilliant analysis of India’s development path ‘Putting Growth in its Place’ poses some powerful questions on the emerging contrasts between social developments indicators and wealth creation in India.

We know diaspora networks of people are some of the most creative and dynamic players in the global economy, linking host and home country economies and can also be powerful influencers and drivers for social development growth. We know income from work is one of the best ways to reduce poverty. However, if job creation is an intregral part of  business and development debates, then it is critical that this is explored in terms of growth and sustainibility improvements and oportunities for both employers and workers. Often private/NGO sectors focused partnerships with these goals can have great reach and capability in driving this agenda.

Can we consider an Asian diaposra discussion/event that looks at some of these questions particularly in relation to South Asia?

Comment by Peter Rossi on March 4, 2012 at 7:51

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Comment by Yaw Afrifa Anim on November 30, 2012 at 15:57

ELDA is looking for equity investments, partnerships or a long term loan  of at least US$ 250,000.00 to support our operations.


ELDA has a proven record of efficiently creating impacts in the lives of the vulnerable. This is due to the capacity of the organization to implement projects. In July 2003 a fund of US$20,000 was transferred to ELDA by Geneva Global to implement the project - Eden’s Bridge. The final assessment conducted by Geneva Global, attested that targets had been exceeded by 400% within six months of project time. The program also received another donation of US$50,000.00 from Geneva in February 2005 to support its project with the focus of fighting HIV/AIDS. The project was successfully carried out.


Diakonia of Sweden also donated US$35,217 to support ELDA to implement a food security project in the Talensi Nabdam District of the Upper East Region in 2005. Due to the efficient implementation of the project, various sums were donated were further donated by Diakonia in subsequent years till May 2010 when it phased out all its projects in Ghana and other west African countries due to limited funds. 


In 2009, ELDA in partnership with Assemblies of God Relief and Development Services (AGREDS) and World Servants Netherlands (WSN) received funding to implement a Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) ( jointly funded by the European Union and the United Nations). The project, which is on-going, is providing entrepreneurial driven sustainable economic livelihood empowerment for forced migrants and their Ghanaian hosts in and around the Buduburam refugee camp in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region through Information Communication Technology skills development, technical and managerial capacity development of existing Community Based Organizations and Micro Credit/loan scheme.

 Currently we are implementing  a Program with the UNDP  Ghana in the Upper east Region of Ghana.  Dubbed , “Talensi Nabdam Livelihoods Enhancement & Recovery Project” (TN-LERP)         

The goal of the “Talensi Nabdam Livelihoods Enhancement & Recovery Project” (TN-LERP) project is to enhance and recuperate the socio-economic livelihoods of 270 persons/families that have lost their livelihoods through the perennial floods that affect communities in the Talensi-Nabdam District of the Upper East Region of Ghana within six months.

 we still working on our central bank operational  permit( its a process for we that had been in operation  before the law) and seeking to revamp and scale up our operations.

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