The objective of this chapter is to examine partnerships as a form of environmental governance to deliver climate compatible development. As institutions, partnerships invoke a 'self-reliant green city' model, underpinned by cooperative and collectivist values which highlight participation, shared ownership, mutualism and a strong concern for social equity. It also presents a comparative analysis of three different forms of partnership, which emerge associated with different forms of service delivery crucial for achieving climate compatible development in the city of Maputo, Mozambique. From this analysis the chapter conclude that: partnerships open up spaces for the operation of multiple actors in climate compatible development at different scales; actors, however, do not necessarily adopt predetermined roles and partnerships provide spaces for actors to act in unorthodox manner; partnerships may also represent the displacement of responsibilities for climate protection and service delivery. Overall, the comparative analysis suggests that partnerships open up a variety of institutional models for the delivery of systemic retrofit projects.