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.