Oxfam's partnerships are varied including individuals, groups, organisations and businesses on local, national, regional and global levels. Through these partnerships we engage in diverse and often context-specific activities. The partnerships may also vary greatly in scope, depth, maturity and length.
To better define our partnerships, we use two two broad categories, partners and allies, which both fall within the partnership continuum.
- Partners are autonomous, independent, accountable organizations that share OI's core values and work towards common goals on a long term basis under an agreement that ties accountability and performance to the existing relationship.
- Allies are individuals or organizations with whom we work towards a specific goal, even though their organizational and institutional mandates and long term purpose may be different from Oxfam's.
All Oxfam partnerships are regulated and managed through the use of Oxfam's Partnership Toolkit. And they are guided by Oxfam's Partnership Companion.