Learning from Consortia: Programme story and reflections

Bennett, Laura; Findlay Brooks, Ruth; Fransman, Jude; Harrison, Tom; O'Donovan-Iland, Ben and Witham, Gerard (2021). Learning from Consortia: Programme story and reflections. The Partnering Initiative; Bond, Oxford; London.

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The Learning from Consortia programme was set-up to improve international development practice by learning with and supporting 13 UK Aid Connect (UKAC) consortia. The programme aimed to learn from their experiences and insights to draw out good practice in consortium working, as well as helping organisations and donors understand how they can best support consortia.
Led by Bond, The Partnering Initiative (TPI) and an academic advisory board, the programme was fully funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Research was conducted through a participatory process with UKAC consortia, drawing on their experiences from working in diverse partnerships and implementing programmes in the UK, Africa and Asia. There was a focus on five themes – community engagement, consortium working, gender, innovation and value for money – each addressing a set of “learning questions”. The themes
had both academic and thematic advisers who worked with the consortia, helping to guide their research and conduct in-depth analysis.

The learning and evidence from the programme have been collated into a number of resources and knowledge products, along with a public event held in March 2021. These resources can be accessed through the Learning from Consortia programme’s webpage. (https://www.bond.org.uk/resources-support/learning-from-consortia)

In late April 2021, FCDO took the decision to close the Learning from Consortia programme early, as part of the wide-ranging UK Aid cuts. Read Bond’s statement about this decision here. (https://www.bond.org.uk/press-releases/2021/05/government-cuts-50-of-its-funding-to-bond-the-uk-network-for-organisations)

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