With the adoption of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the line between what is good for business and what is good for development has changed. Effective partnerships will play an important role in achieving development impact while at same time meeting the business needs of a rapidly changing world. I came across a partnership lifecycle framework developed by KPMG for organizations that are seeking to engage in a partnership for creating social good.

Although there is broad consensus on the value of partnerships, unlocking their full potential means moving the conversation from ‘why to partner’ and ‘how to partner.’ Organizations that are eager to engage in partnership often times overlook some key questions amidst the enthusiasm of working together. These include:

  • How do you identify partners?
  • How do you build trust?
  • On what issue will you partner?
  • What resources can you bring to the partnership?
  • How will you know if the partnership is successful?

Partnership lifecycle framework

At every stage in the partnership process, these are rewards and challenges. While each partnership is unique, there is broad similarity in how organizations engage with each other and develop a partnership.

More details can be found about the model on: https://assets.kpmg/content/dam/kpmg/pdf/2016/01/unlocking-power-of-partnership.pdf