Partnerships & Networks

Partnerships are greater than the sum of their parts: by working together the partnership achieves more than each organisation would achieve by working on its own. The partners involved may also become more competent and effective as a result of the relationship.

The most effective partnerships are:

  • Equitable relationships in which two or more organisations work together towards mutually agreed common or complementary goals;
  • Characterised by a high level of mutual trust and respect, and transparency;
  • Identified strategically with prior consideration of how the partnership contributes to the organisation’s objectives; and
  • Well-managed and reviewed regularly.

Networking involves interacting with individuals or organisations with similar interests or concerns to provide mutual benefits. Benefits include better access to information, expertise and resources; extending your organisation’s reach and impact; solidarity and support over particular issues; and increased visibility and credibility. Networking can be face-to-face or virtual; informal, ad-hoc and on-going; or formally established to achieve a particular purpose in a given timeframe.


Need to strengthen your organisation in this area? See our recommended resources.

Case studies

To learn from the experience of other conservation organisations see our case studies.


Do you need to measure your progress in this area? See our suggested indicators.