How do Southern CSOs view 'partnership'?

Everyone wants their Southern partners to feel trusted, respected and empowered. But often the power imbalance between those of us with funding and those without obscures the potential for honest conversation.

To address this, Keystone Accountability have been undertaking anonymous partner surveys, to allow Southern partners a space to express their concerns or compliments to those who fund them. This event will offer an opportunity to hear an overview of the common thoughts and responses from local partners, and make recommendations that will be applicable to any Northern-based donor.

Whether you are a foundation that funds directly, a funder who supports intermediaries who work with partners, or an INGO that has a partnership model, this event will offer insight into the feedback and reflections of Southern civil society organisations.

Please note: this event is for donors (foundations, philanthropy advisers and other related agencies) and senior staff at INGOs that work through a partnership model. We have limited space so may not be able to include everyone who registers their interest.

If you have any questions about this or the Future Funding series that this event is part of, please get in touch with Rose Longhurst:



12.30: Registration, refreshments and networking

13:00: Welcome and introductions: the future funding work

13.15: An introduction to Keystone Accountability’s Partnership Survey  

13.30: What do Southern partners want, and what do they experience? Aggregate overview of Partner Survey’s results

14:00: Recommendations for donors: How can we embody and encourage good partnership practices that empower Southern partners?

14.15: Discussions or Q&A

14:30: Case study

14.45: Summary thoughts and any next steps        

15:00: Close  


David Bonbright and Kai Hopkins, Keystone Accountability 


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