A Partnership Model for Public Health: Five Variables for Productive Collaboration

In by Divina Varghese

CORE Group


This paper presents a framework for assessing strategic partnering as a way to reach populations that have been traditionally bypassed by maternal and child health (MCH) interventions. The framework is applied to the Child Survival Collaborations and Resources (CORE) Group, a network of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in MCH activities. Concrete examples are given of how this partnership contributes to improved outcomes for mothers and children; enhanced policy dialogue; expanded local and national capacity; and the generation of new resources. The paper concludes with the identification of relevant lessons for MCH donors and NGOs that might wish to enter into similar partnership arrangements.