Working with others is central to our mandate. While we can achieve much as Oxfam Australia, we can achieve more working in partnership with others. The programs we implement together can encourage the real participation of people living in poverty, be more sustainable, have greater impact, and ultimately, help people to help themselves.
We seek partnerships based on:
- shared vision, values and objectives
- clearly defined roles and responsibilities
- mutual accountability, respect and trust
We form partnerships with a diverse range of organisations including community-based organisations, peoples’ movements, trade unions, non-government organisations, other Oxfam affiliates, academic institutions, government agencies and private companies. They may be local, national, regional or global in scope.
Six principles of partnership
Among the many partners and allies with which Oxfam Australia has relationships, local community organisations have the legitimacy and position to foster lasting changes in their societies.
We strive to build strong local organisations and a sustainable civil society. We make every effort to live up to our view that effective partnering is a fundamental strategy through which Oxfam Australia seeks to become redundant. The following six principles govern our partnerships:
- Shared vision and values: We partner with organisations that share a belief that people living in poverty should enjoy their fundamental human rights, that they are agents of their own development, and have a commitment to gender equality and respect for diverse identities
- Complementarily of purpose and value-added: We value and acknowledge the diverse skills, knowledge and resources that each of our partners brings, as well as their understanding of the local context, and local networks within their communities
- Autonomy and independence: We do our best to make sure our partnerships are equal by not imposing our views and by building mutual respect for different viewpoints, values and beliefs within the partnership
- Transparency and mutual accountability: Both we and our partners have multiple accountabilities to a variety of stakeholders, including supporters and donors and, most importantly, to women and men living in poverty
- Clarity on roles and responsibilities: Partnerships are built on clear and robust partnership agreements. For funding partnerships, all the elements of the partnering process and decision-making are discussed and agreed by partners before a contract is signed
- Commitment to joint learning: We promote continuous and systematic learning. In partnerships, this requires upfront agreement on what we both can learn from our joint work, and from each other.