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Partnering with us

Building collective power to demand a just system

We know that large-scale social change cannot be brought about by one organization working alone. So, we build alliances with others seeking to transform our economies. Almost all our work is done in partnerships, through coalitions, networks, and other collaborative spaces that encourage mutual learning.

These collaborations shape our strategies, and keep us connected to social movements around the world. In seeing our work this way, our goal is to disrupt hierarchical models of capacity building and instead foster collective wisdom.

We seek out opportunities to learn from various types of knowledge, skills, experiences and perspectives, shared in a spirit of cooperation. If you’re looking for new knowledge and skills to boost your cause, we’d love to connect.

We respond to requests for short-term, ad-hoc support for aligned groups who are looking to better understand the economic dimensions of human rights, expand how they approach rights-based research, or leverage rights more strategically to strengthen their advocacy.  Typically, this type of support involves 1-3 virtual sessions. It looks like coaching, skill sharing, or introductory training. A recent example is a skills-sharing session we held with members of the EuroMed Rights Economic and Social Rights Working Group on evaluating how governments’ fiscal responses to COVID-19 impact people’s human rights. This type of engagement offers a simple entry point for getting to know each other and learning about one another’s work. Get in touch if you’d like to request this type of support.

We collaborate with groups that are working on a particular project and that are looking to draw on our tools and approaches to leverage rights to transform the economy. This type of engagement is carefully tailored to the group’s specific priorities in their particular context. Typically, it takes place over a period of 6 - 9 months. It might include assistance with designing a research plan, facilitating a consultative process, identifying indicators and benchmarks, conducting budget analysis, or developing an advocacy strategy. A recent example is an analysis of the role that fiscal policies play in addressing the multiple inequalities that affect Afro populations in Latin America, led by our allies at ILEX Acción Jurídica. This type of engagement gives our partners a broader toolkit to work with, while the lessons from applying them in practice helps to ground and strengthen our tools and approaches. We invite expressions of interest for this type of support periodically, depending on the capacity we have to take on such activities.

We partner with groups looking for more intensive, longer-term, collaborations. Typically, this involves co-designing a joint project that we carry out together over 12 months or longer. A recent example is the Egypt Social Progress Indicators, which we co-designed with partners in Egypt. This type of engagement allows us to innovate with our partners and experiment with creative new ways of doing research and advocacy. Often, we’ve already collaborated with a group multiple times when such projects come about. But, we are open to proposals from new partners. Please get in touch to schedule a scoping call to learn more about your organization.

We partner with:

We partner with organizations that drive systemic change and seek to elevate the work of community groups and local activists most affected by systemic injustice. There's no fixed issue you should focus on: We work across different movements and sites of struggle to build more just, equitable and sustainable economies.

We are prioritizing partnering with organizations in the global South that:

Are working towards social, economic, and environmental justice:

  • With a clear mission that tackles the injustices of the current economic system.

  • See themselves as part of a larger ecosystem for social change, complementing work being done by others at the local, national, regional and international levels.

  • Work with communities affected systematically by injustice—including indigenous peoples, migrants, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+ groups—and look at the multiple intersecting barriers they face.

Engage with and are accountable to communities:

  • Are led by or work closely with those most directly impacted by the injustices of the current economic system.

  • Strive to ensure that participation of these communities is meaningful and to put more decision-making power in their hands. 

  • Embody principles of equity and justice in their work.

Have a strong presence in one of our priority regions and the capacity to partner with us:

  • We are currently partnering with organizations in Latin America, North Africa and South West Asia, but we are also seeking to expand our work in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and are excited to build partnerships in these regions.

  • Have a dedicated staff member that is enthusiastic about working with us. This person will serve as the point of contact for the duration of the collaboration. 

  • Demonstrate a commitment to documenting and sharing learning from the collaboration.

What kind of tools do you share with partners?

You can find an overview of the type of topics we share with partners in the Decoding Injustice Tools Hub. In there, you’ll find out more about our Decoding Injustice methodology, a powerful way to use research to advance economic, environmental, and social justice. It sheds new light on how economic policies harm people’s human rights. It supports demands that those in power live up to their promises, and right the wrongs of historic oppression, by advancing a Rights-Based Economy. It does this by organizing innovative methods for collecting, analyzing, and presenting evidence around three steps.

Our approach to partnerships:

We’re conscious of the challenges to building and sustaining collective efforts across diverse groups. Overcoming them demands more than good will. It involves real work. Sharing our approach to partnerships—one developed with many partners over many years—is one way to make that work a little lighter.

Partners can expect us to:

  • Listen deeply, to really understand the aims and objectives of our collaboration.

  • Collaborate actively, including by collectively agreeing on clear processes and scheduling regular check-ins to reflect on progress and lessons learned.

  • Complement, not compete, key messages to amplify their profile in our collective work.  

  • Remain accountable to our common goals and shared values.

We ask that partners:

  • Approach our joint work inclusively, including by engaging community groups and local activists in our collaboration. 

  • Produce work that meets shared expectations, sticking as closely as possible to agreed deadlines.

  • Help us to understand what impact we had by working together, including by giving us feedback on what has worked well and what we should try differently.

  • Commit to sharing experiences and lessons learned with others.

  • Give fair recognition of our contributions (including more “behind the scenes” ones) in public communications about our collaborative efforts.

  • Remain accountable to our common goals and shared values.

Open resources:

In addition to partnerships, you can access our free library of resources anytime, anywhere. In there, you’ll find publications, FAQs on social and economic rights, and a step-by-step introduction to our Decoding Injustice methodology.

Want to explore a partnership?

Get in touch with our team!