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Our approach to equitable partnerships

Collaboration and global partnerships are vital to our work. We are committed to fostering collective solutions to today’s global challenges in a way that incorporates diverse perspectives and addresses power imbalances.

This also means that we promote localised modes of working with individuals and organisations in countries where we work to generate evidence and insights that are culturally relevant and help shift power dynamics in support of researchers, advocates, and practitioners in low- and middle-income countries.

Equitable Partnership Principles

Our approach is underpinned by a set of equitable partnering principles that set out the values and standards for our practice. These include:

  • Actively learning and unlearning with partners to improve equitable ways of working
  • Investing in open and transparent partnerships
  • Respecting cultural diversity, expertise and knowledge
  • Approaching partnerships with a power-conscious lens.

Equitable partnership approaches in action

We have built a network of more than 500 trusted independent consultants with whom we partner in key locations around the globe. Collectively, they bring diverse experiences, perspectives and expertise drawn from a wide range of geographies and topics. This thriving network enables us to convene evaluation teams that bring the right resources, diverse experiences and expertise at the right time for our clients. For example, the data analysis we led to support the UK Government’s global landmine action programme was conducted by in-country practitioners. This work has made an important contribution to strengthening coherent global action to tackle the scourge of landmines.

As standard practice across our projects, we seek to apply innovative leadership models with our partners in all stages of an evaluation. For example, a major Itad evaluation on migrant protection and reintegration in the Horn of Africa was co-designed with partners in the study countries.