Civil society partnerships

Types of partnership agreements

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

Main purpose Non-binding agreement that articulates a common desire to work together at the global, regional or national level to achieve shared objectives. No resources are exchanged among partners 
Financial value Not applicable
Administrative features Reviewed by relevant chief of section

Programme Cooperation Agreement (PCA)

Comprehensive or 'More complex' PCA

Main purpose

Legally binding agreement to achieve common programme results through a jointly defined strategy, with shared risks, responsibilities, resources and results. Involves a joint work plan and budget.

Resources may be transferred to the partner to assist it in carrying out its roles. The partner is uniquely positioned and has specific capacities or advantages to carry out its roles under the PCA.

Financial value  >$100,000
Administrative features   Reviewed by the relevant chief of section and PCA Review Committee; final approval from the head of office

'Lighter' PCA

 Main purpose

Legally binding agreement to achieve common programme results through a jointly defined strategy, with shared risks, responsibilities, resources and results. Involves a joint work plan and budget.

Resources may be transferred to the partner to assist it in carrying out its roles. The partner is uniquely positioned and has specific capacities or advantages to carry out its roles under the PCA.

 Financial value   <$100,000
 Administrative features  Reviewed by the relevant chief of section; final approval from the head of office

Small-Scale Funding Agreement (SSFA)

 Main purpose

Legally binding agreement to achieve common programme results through a jointly defined strategy, with shared risks, responsibilities, resources and results. Primarily used to strengthen the capacities of national CSO partners.

Limited support is provided to a local/grassroots organization or other CSO, not to exceed $20,000.
Flexible, with highly simplified planning format and reporting requirements.

 Financial value  < $20,000
 Administrative features Reviewed by the relevant chief of section; final approval from the head of office

 


 

 

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