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Choosing partners for a project

Choosing partners for a project

Daphne projects have to have more than one organization working into the project. This means you will have to find appropriate partners. Since Daphne aims to develop actions that cross European borders and give insight that will inform European, rather than national issues and policies, at least one partner must come from another EU Member State. In fact, the 'geographical shape' of your project should be decided based on what you hope to achieve and on the nature of the issue you are dealing with. Your research should have shown you the range of countries in which your project is most likely to be valid because the conditions facing victims or vulnerable people are similar or, conversely, different enough to make comparison useful. Your initial ideas about the format the project will take will also indicate the range of skills and experience that you need to make the project work. Take these into account when you choose your partners. Do not simply choose them because you already know them; even more important, do not choose a partner on the basis that they come from a country you want to see included in the project without first carefully checking the partner’s profile, expertise and reliability.

Sometimes partners are clearly mismatched – for example, a large university research department with a small NGO from another country that has few resources and cannot bear the burden of communication costs or extra workload. Sometimes this ‘mismatch’ is part of the project, as a large organisation works alongside a smaller organisation in order to share expertise and develop the smaller partner’s capacity. These are all issues you should bear in mind as you choose partners. Where the project aims to build multisectoral partnerships, think again of the range of experiences and coverage you need. A multisectoral group responding to reports of abuse, for example, might include legal personnel, social workers, law enforcement officers, specialists in psycho-social trauma as well as administrators and coordinators. Putting together the right team is vital to the success of your project.