A 10-step guide to creating effective UN-Business partnerships

A new guide, entitled “Partnership fundamentals: A 10-step guide for creating effective UN-Business partnerships” has been published by the UN Global Compact, in Cooperation with Unilever and Dalberg, a niche consultancy firm that specializes in global development and globalization and has coordinated several public-private partnerships since its launch in 2001.

Derived from insights distilled from existing UN-Business partnerships, this guide serves as a step-by-step roadmap for maximizing the transformative potential of your partnership. As transformational partnerships cannot exist without a strong foundation in place from the outset, this guide provides help with building effective partnerships, as well as a method to diagnose existing ones.

The guide breaks down the partnership process into three distinct phases, namely (i) Exploration, (ii) Design and Negotiation and (iii) Implementation and provides guidance within each phase. The guide also goes into detail on how to assess existing partnerships to determine if the interests of all partners are being fulfilled as well as determining the overall operational quality of partnerships.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel publisher, launched a partnership to provide information vital for responders in humanitarian emergencies. OCHA mobilizes and coordinates emergency humanitarian efforts around the globe and deploys the first international responders on the ground. Staff from a variety of UN agencies and government and non-governmental organizations providing humanitarian aid, who are usually deployed within 24 hours of a disaster, will now be able to use Lonely Planet’s information to help them familiarize themselves with the country’s geography and infrastructure, learn more about the country’s history and cultural background, and get essential basic information they should know before traveling.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Deutsche Post DHL have launched the “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” (GARD) Program to prepare airports and people for disaster situations and to make aid delivery more efficient.

Using the company’s extensive logistics experience it focuses on surge capacity increase as a part of national disaster-risk-reduction programmes. Experienced trainers from DHL aviation together with experts from Disaster-Response-Teams train airport and government personnel at the airport in close cooperation with all relevant authorities. GARD enables airports to assess and improve their surge capacity and to better handle the overwhelming international support that they receive after a disaster. The program has been introduced in Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh, with plans to expand to other countries.

The initiative is part of Deutsche Post DHL’s Living Responsibility strategy, specifically its GoHelp programme which partners with the United Nations to provide assistance with airport logistics with the help of its Disaster Response Teams. With its global presence, Deutsche Post DHL is familiar with national structures and can offer help anywhere in the world to assist UN relief efforts.

This partnership has been launched to coincide with the celebration of the UN’s World Tourism Day on September 27th, 2011. World Tourism Day fosters awareness of the role of tourism within the international community and demonstrates how responsible tourism positively affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

To download the guide, please follow the link


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