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  • What is meant by a partnership?

  • Partnering For Good Course Leader

    June 30, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Share your definition of what is meant by a partnership. How do you distinguish between a “partnership”, a “collaboration”, a “relationship” and “membership”?

  • Katie

    June 30, 2020 at 9:18 am

    A partnership is two or more parties working together towards a shared objective

  • Saba

    July 14, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Partnership: Formal agreement between teo or more parties having mutual goals or responsibilities.

    Collaboration: Coopeartion or Pooling of resources for mutual goals but not necessarily involve a contract.

    Relationship: It is bond between two partners based on some strong feeling

    Membership: It is a process of becoming a part of the organization by accepting the already defined rules & regulations.

  • Nishchhal

    July 17, 2020 at 1:40 am

    I believe partnership and collaboration are similar to each other. The partnership is more likely concrete agreement and understanding that clarifies the role and the benefits of each actor. Whereas collaboration is something like people or institutions coming together for a cause or betterment based on the ‘handshake’.

    Relationship means more like a way through which one connects with another person or institution. The relationship has diversified meaning, like father and daughter relationship, couple relationship, co-workers relationship, community relationship, etc.

    Membership is a method through which a person or institution abide or join an organization accepting the values, owing to the vision and working approach of the institution.

  • Lily

    July 19, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    To me, what sets a “partnership” apart from say a “collaboration”, is that a successful partnership will involve shared risk between partners. I believe a partnership involves being open and honest from the very beginning. I also feel as though a partnership should be longterm, whereas I see a collaboration as more short-term.

  • Aizeyosabo

    July 21, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Partnership will be two or more people with similar goals and scope of attaining these goals which are human centered

  • Riona

    April 5, 2021 at 8:46 am

    My definitions are as follows:

    1. Partnership: this is a legal contract between 2 parties that will work together on a common service delivery for a certain period in order to achieve the service delivery. Both parties will agree on the roles and responsabilises of the partnership prior to the partnership commencing.

    2. Collaboration: two people or more working together to achieve a common goal.

    3. Relationship: building a bond with another person to share an experience with, whereby a common demonstrators are shared and expressed in the relationship.

    4. Membership: a person that belongs to a specific group that is based on providing a specific service or good

  • David Lyle

    June 17, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    To me, partnership means a long term cooperative relationship between two parties on an equal standing while collaboration is more short term.

    I define relationship as a connection or professional contact with a separate party. Membership is being a part of an organization in an involved manner.

  • Andrea

    September 9, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Interesting reading the replies and seeing more the legalities, for example the contracts for Partnerships and memberships, not so much for collaboration and relationship. I had not thought of that. I was more based on what can be brought to the table by each participant in each scenario.

  • Penny

    February 3, 2022 at 10:18 am

    All four definitions are interconnected, however, not synonymous.

    Partnership: an agreement among organisations working towards a common or similar goal and attained outcome

    Collaboration: is the key value behind any type of partnership.

    Relationship: it entails collaboration, however, it is a connection where feelings might affect the outcome and have an impact on the professional or personal context. In collaborations, you consciously decide to prioritise the common goal rather than the feelings (positive or negative)

    Membership: it can follow after any type of collaboration or partnership as a more “exclusive” access to information, contacts and/or facilities. Memberships are usually a personal and considered decision, rather than an imposed one. Memberships might be considered as an outcome of partnerships.

  • Emily Yasmin

    February 13, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    My initial thought is that these words are all slight variations of ‘working together’. After this first lesson my definition of ‘partnership’ is two or more parties working together to achieve a common purpose or to achieve a specific task.
To me, a partnership can be distinguished from a collaboration and a relationship because it is more formalized and has a specific goal. However, a partnership is still different from a membership because a membership implies that there is a partnership between different parties but that there one overwhelming ‘leader’ guiding this partnership.

  • Alison

    February 14, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Partnership is a grouping of like minded or task oriented people. The act of working together is collaboration which develops a relationship between all stakeholders. Membership are all those involved in the partnership, they may have different levels of involvement.

  • Natalie

    July 11, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    A partnership is an agreement between two parties to achieve a common goal. This is similar to a collaboration, but the latter has a more artistic and informal connotation. A partnership would be the term used to refer to agreements in the humanitarian aid realm and is a more formal agreement than a collaboration. A relationship provides no sort of official agreement working towards a common goal, but is a rather an acknowledgement and awareness between two parties. It is more informal than a partnership. A membership is a clear power difference, being that one party is becoming a member of an already established party, so therefore isn’t partnering, but rather taking knowledge or resources in exchange for another thing, most likely being monetary.

    I made this response before reading through everyone elses thoughts and it is interesting to see the different ideas. After reading, I would change some of my thoughts, especially in relation to collaboration and memberships.

  • Lyla

    July 23, 2022 at 9:15 am

    After what I have learned so far from this course, a partnership unites two parties under a common goal or objective. It is based on clear and concise definitions of what exactly the partnership entails and is only as successful as long as the objectives are understood by both parties and sustained throughout the duration of the partnership. One can distinguish between a “partnership,” a “collaboration,” a “relationship,” and a “membership” in that a collaboration occurs when two parties use their unique position to work together, but not necessarily towards a common goal. A relationship does not imply a common goal, but rather just the desire to interact. Last, a membership can best be defined as an allegiance to an organization.

  • Daria

    July 31, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    These three terms are interrelated, but nevertheless, there are some differences between them.

    Partnership is an agreement between two parties working together to achieve a specific goal/outcome. At the same time, the goals of the partners are not necessarily the same.

    Collaboration is one of the principles on which partnerships are built. You can also think of a collaboration between two parties as a partnership in which the parties have the same goals.

    Relationship is the relationship of partners with each other, which does not necessarily imply partnership or joint work. One of the parties may simply provide services to the other party or carry out some assignments. In a global sense, relationships involve the desire to interact.

    Membership is belonging to a community/organization. Most likely, membership can be seen as the result of a partnership.

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