Partnerships and coalitions

Partnerships allow IIED to achieve things it could not achieve alone. Our partnerships have helped get the voices and concerns of marginalized groups heard by policy makers and decision makers and create linkages between local realities and global debates. They also often build joint capacity and learning and create opportunities for new initiatives and research.

Partnerships have been a defining element of IIED’s culture, structure and ways of working since its inception 40 years ago and are central to IIED’s mission and ways of working. IIED engages in a range of types of partnerships to achieve joint goals.
Our partnerships usually fall into one of the five categories outlined below. We have listed some of our key partners but this list is not exhaustive.


Research and action partnerships: partnerships based on collaborative research. Examples include the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, IIED América Latina, the Association for Nature and Sustainable Development (ANDES), the Tanzania Nature Resources Forum, Growing Forest Partnerships, the Stakeholder Democracy Network and the United Nations Population Fund.

“Ideas” partnerships: partnerships focused on analysis and co-production of knowledge. Visiting fellows, academics, researchers in other organizations and consultants with an ongoing relationship with IIED fall into this partnership category.

Sharing and learning partnerships, which often take the form of a closed network or formal group with a shared learning agenda, and sometimes focus on capacity-building and advocacy. Examples include the various action learning groups, such as Capacity Strengthening in Least Developed Countries for Adaptation to Climate Change (CLACC), the Forest Governance Learning Group, the MAINUMBY ÑAKURUTÚ Research Centre and the HIVOS Knowledge programme on small producer agency.

Advocacy partnerships: partnerships to develop and disseminate advocacy messages and influence policy on key sustainable development issues, often with think tanks, international agencies or NGOs. The Climate Change Media Partnership between IIED, Panos and InterNews and IIED’s collaboration with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) to develop and disseminate policy messages about local adaptation to climate change are all examples of this type of partnership.

Organisational partnerships contribute directly to IIED’s strategic planning, programming, and outreach. Partners include the International Fellows and organisations with deep and long-standing ties to specific research groups, such as Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), which works closely with the Human Settlements group.

Coalitions and alliances

Coalitions and Alliances are created to share knowledge, for advocacy, and to amplify our  messages in order to get heard. We are currently a member of the Green Economy Coalition and the Deliver Network. We have been part of a number of Coalitions in the past, such as Up in Smoke and The Ring Alliance.