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IIED Annual Report 2015/16: partnerships in action

IIED's annual report for 2015/16 focuses on showcasing the variety of ways the institute works in partnership across the globe.

The 2015/16 Annual Report (Image: Arc/IIED)

The report, entitled 'Powering global change through partnership', summarises the institute's activities during the 2015/16 financial year. The report's theme is partnerships, and how they enable IIED to deliver varied, wide-ranging and influential work across the world.

Collaboration has been a defining element of IIED's way of working for more than 40 years, and the report says IIED's belief in the power and benefit of authentic partnerships has never been more relevant. It says that building strong relationships will be vital if the international community is to deliver on its aspiration to 'leave no-one behind'.

Today, IIED is engaged in 371 partnerships in more than 60 countries with over 300 organisations.

The institute has built long-standing relationships with individuals, communities and organisations around the world, and particularly in the global South.

The first section of the report describes the different types of partnerships in which IIED participates, and analyses the elements needed for successful collaboration. It concludes that developing successful partnerships requires a long-standing commitment to develop mature and mutually beneficial relationships. 

This report gives striking examples of how, by working in partnership, IIED can support greater social and economic justice, build the resilience of poor countries and poor people, and amplify the voices of the marginalised in national and global debates.
- Rebeca Grynspan, chair, IIED

The main body of the report profiles some of the many projects delivered by IIED and partners. These include:

The report also includes information on IIED's financial performance and information about how the institute works to improve its environmental performance. 

The cover of the 2016/16 Annual Report (Image: Arc/IIED)Key content in the 2015/16 annual report

  • An introduction by IIED director Andrew Norton
  • An introduction by IIED chair Rebeca Grynspan
  • An analysis of the key characteristics needed for successful collaboration
  • Snapshots of partnership projects
  • The financial summary, and
  • Details of how IIED is working on delivering responsible operations.

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