In early 2016, PRI undertook a review of partnerships across the organisation in order to assess the effectiveness and value of our current partnership working and identify ways to improve.
The review drew on interviews with PRI project staff and partners, project reports and evaluations in order to identify how our partnerships ‘add value’ to both PRI’s and partners’ work. Here are some of examples of the value offered.
Enabling both partners to widen their reach: more stakeholders, more beneficiaries and geographically.
‘Having a partnership with DOST has enabled PRI to contribute to the criminal justice system in Pakistan which due to security issues we would not otherwise be able to do.” PRI on Dost, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Read a short case study on the PRI/DOST partnership.
Improving the efficiency and quality of our work eg. through sharing of resources or expertise.
‘CSI’s local knowledge and expertise was very useful and appreciated in doing the baseline research.’ PRI on the Civil Society Institute, Armenia
Supporting advocacy and access to high-level officials
‘FHRI already had a profile on the national platform, but this gave FHRI an opportunity to extend this, especially on women and on children of imprisoned parents. Also at the ACERWC. FHRI is now recognised as leading in these areas.’ FHRI, Uganda
Read a short case study on the PRI/FHRI partnership.
Sustaining PRI’s and partners’ work
The review found, for example, that several partners had obtained further funding as a result of the partnership. In Uganda, joint research by PRI and FHRI on children of prisoners has formed the basis of a new NGO coalition to take forward the recommendations.
The review also identified key factors for successful partnerships (eg. regular communication, transparency and good governance, and a participatory and collaborative approach); as well as challenges and lessons learned.
Download the 2016 Partnership Review report.