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Evaluating partnerships

Partnership building describes the process by which such a relationship is cultivated, through mutual consent and recognition of mutual benefit. Aid donors may reduce their costs and political exposure by outsourcing responsibilities to partner institutions. More positively, partnerships offer access to the energies and local knowledge or contacts of charities and other civil society organisations, the synergies available from jointly funding large enterprises that would otherwise not be affordable, and the benefits of diplomatic influence. Multilateral partners in development research include the UN University and the UN Research Institute for Social Development, and within the sphere of the World Bank the Knowledge for Change Programme. State fragility, peace-building and humanitarian assistance are areas of special cooperation between Finland and multilateral partners including the EU. Core funding is often central to partnership building, and has a key role in partnerships with international organisations, regional entities, individual governments, research and educational institutions, and Non-governmental organisations (NGOs).