Civil society partnerships

Partnership Cycle

© UNICEF/NYHQ2011-0591/Olivier Asselin
A worker from Action Contre la Faim helps a woman lift a UNICEF hygiene kit at a distribution point . The kit was provided by UNICEF. (Cote d'Ivoire)

Formal partnerships between CSOs and UNICEF are created to achieve specific results for children in areas of mutual concern. The partnership is carried out through a series of steps delineated in the partnership agreement. This section lays out the stages of the typical partnership cycle.

A formal partnership with UNICEF involves four stages: (1) initiating the partnership; (2) designing and implementing the partnership; (3) monitoring and evaluating the partnership; and (4) concluding the partnership (see figure below). The partnership principles govern all stages of the process and rely on regular communication between partners. At the conclusion of the agreement, there can be further discussion about strategies to ensure sustainability of the results achieved, including by continuing the partnership on a formal or informal basis.

Stages of partnership


Stage 1: Initiating the partnershipStage 2: Designing and implementingStage 3: Monitoring and EvaluationStage 4: Concluding the partnership



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