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Development partnerships: post-Covid, post-Brexit, post-DfID

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Assessing the impact of a triple threat to those working in development and aid-related fields

Back in 2016, I wrote an article for Funding Insight on how NGOs and academics could forge partnerships, asking the latter to put themselves in the former’s shoes and understand what NGOs would usually look for in such collaborations.

I wrote that piece after the Brexit vote, and researchers and NGOs were already concerned about the impact of increasingly UK-centric government policy and the risk of European networks being lost. What no one could have predicted was the emergence of Covid-19 and the current government’s dismantling of the Department for International Development at exactly the wrong moment, when stability in these sectors was being sought. 

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