Civil Society Partnership Playbook, Right to Play

Their Goal

Right To Play works in humanitarian and development contexts in over 20 countries around the world, in partnership with others, to deliver health, education and peace and conflict resolution programs.

In 2015, Right To Play developed a Civil Society Partnership Strategy to guide the development of organisational policy, process, systems and tools to nurture and strengthen Right To Play’s partnership with local civil society organisations in humanitarian and development contexts. The Playbook takes that strategy a step forward by providing specific guidelines for teams to align their practices with a standardized approach that includes specific processes and tools for partnership.  

What we did together

The Accelerator team provided support to align the great work of Right To Play with their partnerships with civil society organizations in the countries where they work. The Accelerator team worked with Right to Play staff in their headquarters, regional and field offices to develop a 'Partnership Playbook'.

Drawing on Right To Play's extensive experience and the Accelerator team's deep expertise working with social sector organizations around the world the Playbook was developed using rapid design and prototyping techniques to maximize input from Right To Play staff from around the world. The Playbook is a practical handbook for the use of Right To Play Country Teams, Regional Teams and Headquarters staff to use when working in partnership with local civil society organisations (CSOs) in the countries where Right to Play has activities. The Playbook:

  • Realizes the intent of Right To Play’s Civil Society Partnership Strategy in practice.
  • Guides the process of civil society partnership development and orientation to partnership principles and objectives.
  • Supports Country Teams through the various stages of partnership and in working with different types of civil society partners.
  • Serves as an immediate reference for the Country Teams, including key processes, tools and policies.
"We have shared the playbook with the 8 country teams in NORAD workshop. The country teams found the playbook very useful in addressing some of their key concerns regarding partnership development. 
It was great to hear from the team that we have delivered something that was really needed. Thank you again for your efforts and energy in developing the playbook. Looking forward to working with you in future." - Brijpal Patel, Director, Global Program Development

Asset Based community development investments, Global Impact

Their goal

To gain a better understanding of the needs and assets in communities where companies have operations and the ways to align corporate philanthropy to support the goals and aspirations of the community that align with the assets the communities can mobilize.

What we did together

The Accelerator team implemented a community needs and risk assessment to inform the company’s social investment and community engagement strategy in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The team pursued a layered approach to its information gathering:

  • Focus group with selected employees
  • Key informant interviews with local residents
  • Community discussions in municipalities where significant numbers of employees live and work
  • Desk research and analysis on the strengths and resources of these communities

We summarized the findings from the community inputs and offered recommendations to the company to improve its social investment and community engagement strategy in Puerto Rico and, perhaps, more broadly.

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Partners qualification research, civicus

Their goal

CIVICUS seeks to strengthen civil society and citizen action by enhancing (through some form of pre-qualification) CIVICUS members’ ability to access resources from donors and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) as well as opportunities to collaborate/partner in local projects/programmes, among others. CIVICUS commissioned research by the Accelerator team to better understand the ways different organizations qualify potential partners before investing or collaborating with them.

What we did together

The Accelerator team identified 60 organizations, companies, platforms and initiatives who vet or qualify partners in some way before they work with them. The team developed a matrix which identified the different approaches - who they verified, why they verified, what they verified and where possible how they verified.  This review was supplemented by 10 interviews with organizations vetting their partners.  The research identified different approaches, tools and platforms enabling verification and innovations in the verification process. 

This report serves as the basis of a new platform being jointly developed by CIVICUS and the Social Sector Accelerator to lessen the burden on social sector organizations while improving the verification process for donors.

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Landscape research for capacity building of agricultural cooperatives in Haiti, Inter-american development bank - Multilateral investment fund (IDB-MIF)

Their goal

The IDB Multilateral Investment Fund envisions a robust agricultural sector in Haiti that delivers economic growth as well as addresses challenges to enduring social and environmental problems.  The IDB has prioritized support for strong Haitian ownership through investment in local institutions, cooperatives, private sector actors who form the long term permanent infrastructure and can reach critical populations - women, rural youth.

What we did together

To help the IDB make an informed decision about where to place their investment in local institutions to support agricultural cooperatives Counterpart International reviewed sector needs, assessed possible partners who can support cooperatives’ organizational and technical needs and developed a series of recommendations on capacity building investments that can strengthen the agricultural sector in Haiti.

The Accelerator Team conducted a capacity assessment to support agricultural cooperatives in Haiti in May and June of 2016. The purpose of the landscape assessment was to: 1) more clearly understand the current state of Haitian agricultural cooperatives, and 2) identify and evaluate intermediary service organizations (ISOs) that can provide support to strengthen agricultural cooperatives in Haiti. A total of 29 agricultural cooperatives spread across 8 of Haiti’s 10 departments and representing over 13,000 farmers were assessed using the Cooperative Capacity Assessment Tool created by Counterpart International and customized the Accelerator. The assessment included a thorough evaluation of the leading local agricultural capacity-building ISOs in Haiti. In total, a group of over 300 service providers was compiled of which 33 completed self-assessment surveys and 7 were evaluated using a customized ISO (intermediary service organization) capacity assessment tool.

Our partners - Agrofrontera and the Arrozeros of Montecristi

improving coastal climate resiliency - Dominican Republic, macarthur foundation and paul and Maxine Frohring foundation

Their goal

Develop community led approaches to improving coastal climate resiliency in the face of sea level rise and the increase in storm intensity.

How we are working together

After working on community led and science based coastal climate resiliency projects in Dominican Republic for over a decade the team developed an innovative approach to building the capacity of leaders, institutions and the constituents they serve in the Dominican Republic to be able to transform the way coastal communities manage their natural resources for sustainability and improve livelihoods.

To increase resiliency in the Dominican Republic, our goal is to improve the provision of sustainable climate-resilient services by coastal communities by working with public and private sector leaders to 1) strengthen the national level resiliency operating environment; 2) enhance capacity of local institutions to formulate, advocate for, and implement improved coastal climate resiliency strategies and programs; and 3) increase youth opportunities for coastal conservation education and engagement.

The Framework is implemented by a team including the University of Miami, Punta Cana Ecological Foundation, Oregon State University, AgroFrontera, Learning Streams International, the Center for the Conservation of Samaná Bay and its Surroundings (CEBSE), and the Marine Biology Research Center (CIBIMA) of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. These partners will provide technical expertise to support international best practices to communities, policy makers, and private sector leaders in scientific research and evidenced-based project design and implementation.


facilitating innovation, counterpart International

Their goal

To engage in high quality design sessions to develop new programs and capture learning to improve approaches and methods that build the capacity of individuals, organizations and networks.

How we are working together

The Accelerator team supports staff and programs at Counterpart International - sharing research, new approaches to organizational strengthening and facilitating learning opportunities.


Inspiring change, supporting youth and developing solutions, IPKO Foundation

Their goal

To seed and support the next generation of leaders in Kosovo with a digital vision.

How we are working together

Teresa Crawford, the Accelerator's Executive Director, is the co-founder and managing board member of IPKO Foundation. She works with a team to design and implement high quality programs that serve the youth of Kosovo with a focus on technology and innovation.