As the idea of partnership brokering begins to take greater hold

with decision-makers, donors and practitioners, requests for specialist partnership brokering support grows. As pioneers in this field, we respond to all requests for information, capacity development and support in a spirit of exploration and enquiry.

We seize opportunities to share our experiences and insights as we accompany those involved in developing partnering strategies, approaches and programmes.

As a distributed and innovative mission-driven social business, we aim to:

  • Be nimble and flexible in our response to requests
  • Offer support tailored to different needs, locations and contexts
  • Model new approaches and collaborative working
  • Hold space for transformational responses to complex issues to emerge and
  • Encourage new forms of leadership that promote equity, transparency and mutual benefit

What we offer

To date, we have responded to requests in all the areas summarised below:


[Image by Maria Hayes, PBA’s artist in residence, of people not collaborating effectively!]


Our Brokering Better Partnerships: one-day workshop provides a useful entry point to better partnership working within single organisations, partnerships, consortia or alliances as well as in new contexts where partnering is less developed.

1-2-1 Professional Support for Partnership Brokers: If you are navigating a challenging partnering situation, or if you would like to develop your partnering skills, you may want to work with a more experienced partnership broker to accompany you during that period.

Our New Initiatives evolve from working with others and identifying gaps in provision that we can help to fill. See: Transforming for more details.

Our Programme Partnerships provide an opportunity to work with others for longer periods that add more value over time, build local capacity and explore new materials and approaches. We also have a number of collaboration agreements in place with organisations we accompany on their partnering journey over time.

PBA Associates

Our Associates authorised to offer partnership brokering support on behalf of PBA are all fully qualified partnership brokers with impressive experience of cutting edge work in this field. All have committed to the PBA’s Commtiments to Ethical Partnership Brokering Practice. Listed below is the rich mix of partnership brokering skills, expertise and experience available:

Learning Training Transforming
About partnership brokering and its impact In partnership brokering understanding & skills Using high level partnership brokering skills and approaches
• Conceptual frameworks • Needs assessment • Advocacy
• Review & evaluation
• Training design • Facilitation
• Research design • Training delivery • Problem solving
• Action research • Course management • Process consultation
• Story capture • Training trainers • Public speaking
• Case study writing • Training reviews • Change strategy formulation
• Peer review workshops • Coaching & mentoring • Partnership governance arrangements

Our track record

We have provided partnership brokering support to a number of agencies across the globe including:

  • Action Against Hunger (UK & Philippines)
  • AusAid / DFAT (Australia & Asia Pacific)
  • BRAC (Bangladesh)
  • CARE Canada
  • CDAC Network (UK, Philippines)
  • Communities for Children (Australia)
  • Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy (working with x6 USA-based donors)
  • ICIMOD (Nepal and countries surrounding the Himalayas)
  • ICVA (Geneva and Turkey / Syria)
  • Microsoft (Global education programme)
  • Newfoundland Government (Canada)
  • Oxfam International (Asia, East Africa & West Africa)
  • PAX (Netherlands)
  • Prime Minister & Cabinet (Australia)
  • ICIMOD (Nepal)
  • Red Cross (Canada & UK)
  • Rio Tinto (Partnerships with environmental INGOs)
  • Swedish Development Agency (Sida)
  • Sight & Life (Africa)
  • Start Network (UK, Bangladesh)
  • UNHCR (Geneva & Copenhagen)
  • World Vision (Malaysia, Sub-Saharan Africa, UK, USA)

For a list of organisations for whom we have provided commissioned Partnership Brokers Training go to Commissioned Training.

For more information about the Services & Initiatives Portfolio contact:

Lola Gostelow, Services & Initiatives Lead:

We are always curious and welcome discussions about what might be useful and how we can help. If we do not feel we can meet your specific needs we will gladly signpost you to others who can.