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Internationally Networked NGO’s, seizing opportunities and managing risks

As part of The Spindle network, Partos conducted a study of the future of (Dutch) development cooperation in 2017-2018. The study resulted in two reports: Adapt, Counteract or Transform and Joining Forces, Sharing Power; Civil Society Collaborations for the Future. Both reports propose a number of pathways for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to explore new ways of cooperation in response to changing institutional and organisational arrangements in the international development arena. The publication ‘Internationally Networked NGOs‘ builds on this earlier body of work by harnessing the real-life experiences, critical reflections and unique visions of leaders of several Partos members.

The conversations that were held for this publication provide interesting insights on how NGO networks approach internationalisation as a specific strategy for dealing with the challenges of international development cooperation. For example, what does it mean to move from a donor-recipient relationship towards a truly equal partnership between Northern and Southern NGOs? By confronting some of the “elephants in the room” in international development discourse, this report offers interesting, as well as practical, perspectives for NGOs interested in addressing these issues head-on. Hence, it makes a valuable contribution to the search for new approaches to working in international networks that are both egalitarian and innovative.