‘Collaboration’ has become a buzzword among foundations recently, and the general consensus is that it is a good thing. But when it comes to the reality of working together, there are many approaches that could be taken. Is collaboration the best way in every circumstance? To identify its proper role, guest editor Barry Knight starts from a sceptical point of view.
The feature starts with a debate between Jeff Yost and Richard Best as they make the case for and against collaboration respectively. Following this is a series of articles detailing individual experiences from people involved in collaboratives including Zimbabwe Alliance, The Elders, Italy’s Fondazioni4 Africa, two pan-European programmes, the European Programme for Integration and Migration and the Youth Empowerment Partnership Programme, and a new funders’ collaborative to tackle racial equity in Brazil. Further reading on the subject is suggested by Filiz Bikmen and Göran Blomqvist.
The March issue of Alliance also includes Helmut Anheier on some ‘nagging issues’ for European foundations, with a response from Luc Tayart de Borms and Gerry Salole, an interview with Ashan al-Qattan, and further opinion columns, articles, reviews, conference reports and global updates.