What is "partnership"?
Partnership has been a term used in many official and unofficial documentation without clear definition, and is often highlighted as a key ingredient in the process of networking.
However, the term "partnership" can be defined as "collaborative activities among interested groups based on a mutual recognition of respective strengths and weaknesses for common agreed objectives developed through effective and timely communication".
A "partnership" occurs where groups with common objectives agree to undertake activities which build on each other's strengths, and help overcome apparent weaknesses, for the purposes of implementing given objectives that have been agreed to by the groups involved. Overcoming apparent weaknesses may involve a sharing of expertise, knowledge or experience by one or more groups. The objectives are usually developed through a process of communication that is acceptable to all groups involved. 'Groups' may include NGOs, local governments, corporations, national governments etc.
Some of the factors that lead to successful partnerships include:
The Five "I"s of Partnership:
Keywords associated with partnership
affiliation, alliance, association, coalition, collaboration, communication, consensus, cooperation, information sharing, interaction, participation, understanding, etc.