Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Partnerships - Experiences and Ways Forward

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The power dynamic between large INGOs and smaller local organizations is starting to shift. The capacities of local non-governmental organizations have increased significantly, not only in the Middle East, but globally. However, many international actors assume that local organizations don’t have the skills and experience to play a greater role in international development, and that the perceived weak systems can lead to ineffectiveness and a lack of quality in overall programming. Naturally, the scope and capacities of INGOs and local NGOs differ, but it is necessary to acknowledge the changes that are taking place, and to develop and adapt the way partnerships are conducted between INGOs and local organizations. All partnerships are unique and vary from one context to another, and recognizing this will enable partnerships between local organizations and INGOs to continue to thrive, enhancing the way international development is conducted overall..

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