Partnerships for Global Justice in the 21st Century: Grassroots International's Model of Collaboration

Partnerships are absolutely essential to our work.

We believe that social change rooted in justice is created by people with a vision working together, building communities, organizations, and movements. Global justice starts at the grassroots level when people work together to improve the lives of their communities -- from reforesting a hillside to pressuring a mayor for clean public water -- and builds to national, regional, and international levels.

Since 1983 it has been our privilege to form lasting partnerships with some of the most vibrant and effective movements and organizations in the world.  We accompany them, helping build bridges between their work in the Global South and the generosity and activism of our supporters and allies in the U.S.

Our long-term, trust-rich relationships are built on:

Shared vision and values-- No collaboration will last long unless it is contructed on a solid foundation of shared values.  These include commitment to structural social change, democratic organizational life, racial justice, and gender, ethnic, and social equality.

Walking together for the long haul—Meaningful South-North collaborations to transform the persistent injustices in the world require a mutual sense of long-term commitment. While we fund specific projects each year, we are really supporting each partners’ long-range vision and strategic plan.

Reciprocity— In every relationship, each partner has resources that are critical to the success of the work. Creative solutions to global problems come from assuming joint responsibilities drawn from each organizations’ strengths and skills.

Transparency—Honest, open communication is essential to an effective partnership.

Trust—The degree of mutual trust present in a partnership sets the boundaries of its achievements. Trust is not only written into contractual obligations but expressed through friendship and solidarity.

Our commitment to our partners:

Dollars for sustainable development and human rightsFinancial resources in support of visionary community-led sustainable development and human rights work are critical to each of Grassroots’ partnerships. To avoid distorting programs and budgets, we strive for longer-term, predictable commitments with strategic allocation of funds.

Sparking debate and collective action through innovative communications strategies—Effective communications strategies occupy an increasingly important role in social transformation. We are committed not only to helping our partners improve their communications capabilities in their home countries, but also to communicating our partners’ stories and aspirations to the U.S. public to inspire active involvement for global justice.

Strengthening alliances, the core architecture of social change—Weaving a web of strong allies is critical to building a broad movement. In an era of ever-increasing global integration, we offer resources to our partners to participate in cross-border learning exchanges and other alliance building opportunities.