Brokering illustration by Maria Hayes

Partnering and collaboration
are critical…

… if we are to create a more inclusive  and sustainable world.

Working in new ways and bridging traditional boundaries is, however, extremely challenging and often falls far short of the high expectations of all those involved. Partnership brokering is the term we use for the process of supporting and strengthening partnerships through innovative and skilled management of collaborative processes. Weaving Threads: How We Work will tell you more about our unique approach to supporting the partnering process.

Partnership brokers can be ‘internal’ (operating from within one of the partner organisations) or ‘external’ (called in to provide specialist support when needed). Partnership brokers serve the partners by helping them to shape their partnership. For a brief introduction to the topic, see Brokering Better Partnerships.

The Partnership Brokers Association is the international professional body for those managing and developing collaboration processes. Our primary aims are to:

With the growing number of graduates from our Partnership Brokers Training course, who come from all sectors and a wide range of contexts, and through an international pool of Authorised Associates, we provide: opportunities for sharing learning as it emerges, specialist and tailored vocational training (view training dates), access to our global network transforming the partnering landscape and a range of supporting services. The Association also awards formal accreditation to those who reach the required standard and promotes partnership brokering good practice principles.

brokering and collaboration

“The Association is an experiment in creating a collaborative entity that can embrace a level of ambiguity and complexity. Our growing network of trained partnership brokers operate in all sectors and on all continents. They are skilled and committed change-makers who know when to step up and when to step back so that partnerships can flourish and transform our world.”
Bulbul Baksi, Julie Mundy and Ros Tennyson.
PBA’s Leadership Team


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