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The world is rapidly changing, and threats to people, livelihoods, and the environment, are complex and increasingly interlinked. Cross-sector partnerships are today seen as key to achieving sustainable development and therefore central to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Partnerships across sectors are a means to tackle the complex social and environmental challenges our world faces. Partnerships also provide new opportunities for business and organisations to pursue value creation by aligning objectives, recognising the specific competencies that each sector can bring to the collaboration and finding ways to harness these and create shared value for all.

Through partnerships, partnering organisations can help develop society and economies by pursuing a range of value-driven opportunities and outputs, e.g. gaining access to new technology or markets, acquiring new competencies, stronger impact of projects, enhanced cost-effectiveness, improve stakeholder relations, strengthen product development and mitigating risks.

 Read more about the steps to succesfull partnerships...

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Clean water in rural Kenya

A partnership between the Danish Red Cross and pump manufacturer Grundfos provides solar-powered water systems for 10 rural villages in Kenya – benefitting more than 15.000 people. Based on a self-financing scheme that is funded through the villagers’ use of the water pumps, the partnership has developed a long-term solution for the local community.

Fighting diabetes in pregnancy in Colombia

Diabetes among pregnant women is a rising phenomenon. One in seven births is affected by a temporary form of diabetes known as gestational diabetes or ‘GDM’.  Resource constrained countries are hit particularly hard, as three out of four people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries.
In 2011 a multi-stakeholder project called “Vida Nueva” – or ‘New Life’ - was launched in Colombia to address these challenges.

Kenyan beans in Danish supermarkets

Since 2011, the Danish food retailer Coop and the international NGO CARE have worked together to promote sustainable trade with Africa in the Kilimo Biashara project in Kenya. Smallholder farmers contribute 80-90 per cent of agricultural production in Africa and are at the heart of economic transformation of the continent.

Hamdallye Photo © by CARE Danmark

Understanding the West African dairy market

Selling milk is an important key to survival in the Western Sahel part of Africa. But lack of storage and preservation capacity means that locally produced dairy products almost never reach the market; not even during the rainy season when food is scarce. Furthermore, imported milk powder from commercial dairies has weakened the position for local small-scale farmers.

Paramedic training in Benin

The development organisation BORNEfonden and Benin’s Ministry of Health have joined forces with the Danish emergency and assistance company Falck to educate health workers and improve health clinics in the West African country Benin.

Healthcare in Malawi - awareness in Denmark

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa. More than 70 per cent of the country’s population live in rural areas where bad infrastructure, insufficient means and lack of educated healthcare personnel have resulted in limited access to proper healthcare.

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