Working in partnership: round table event

This round table event will share learning around working in partnership and about managing long term change with local and national NGOs.

This event aims to share valuable top-line learnings around working in partnership and about managing long term change with local and national NGOs with other partnership-based INGOs and our role as global actors within national processes of change. 

The panel discussion will:

  • Present and invite feedback on Christian Aid’s learning and our key recommendations for how we can best work with, support and shift power to southern partners, through brokering new partnerships and building capacity, including to respond to humanitarian disasters
  • Hear from other NGOs on how they are working in partnership, including with faith-based partners.


Speakers in the session will share their experiences of working with partners:

  • Suzanne Fisher-Murray, Research Communications Adviser at Christian Aid, will be the event moderator and introduce the agenda and panellists.
  • Kate Newman, Head of the Programme Policy, Research and Learning team at Christian Aid - will outline how Christian Aid has worked collaboratively with partners to support and transform its work and strengthen local capacity in different contexts.
  • Ashley Green-Thompson, Coordinator of ACT Ubumbano, a network of Southern African and European organisations working for economic, gender and environmental justice - will outline his experience of working with Christian Aid and other NGOs. What worked and what didn’t? How do they work with faith-based partners? 
  • Raman Kumar, Partnership Manager, Oxfam in Iraq, will share his learnings on facilitating the leadership of local organizations in humanitarian programming in Iraq.
  • Grace Ireri, Local Humanitarian Partnerships Advisor, ActionAid International - will discuss ActionAid’s partnership and humanitarian approaches to Action Aid’s Danida funded protracted crisis programme in the Middle East. 
  • Shahd Mousalli, Partnership Broker (Rights, Resilience, Response), Oxfam GB will join the panel discussion.

Short presentations will be followed by moderator-curated questions directed to the panellists: 

  1. How could INGOs improve the way they work in partnership with local and national organisations, in order to ensure that we are building capacity, skills, long-term financial sustainability and to ensure these partnerships are mutual and transformational? 
  2. How do we make localisation and global action meaningful in different contexts, when national civil society has different needs and roles for INGOs? This includes working with faith-based partners who often play an important role within civil society. 
  3. How do we transfer learning strategies across contexts? To what extent and in which ways can we draw on learning from country programmes and apply them to remaining contexts? What do we need to understand and know to enable this?


This event will take place on Wedensday 28 July at 14:30 - 15:45 British Summer Time.