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The Partnership Paperchase

Partnerships sometimes come under severe strain, and indeed the structure sometimes disintegrates in the face of seemingly insurmountable differences that in fact originate in relatively simple misunderstandings.

One commonly suggested remedy for these disappointments is to improve the ‘glue’ that binds partners together; in other words, to develop more effective, more accountable, and more predictable modes of working collaboratively.

There is as yet, however, rather limited literature on how this can best be achieved. This document, focusing on the structure of such collaborations, sets out to partially fill that gap.

This classic analysis of a series of water and sanitation partnerships includes the easy-to-overlook-but-important issues to include in partnering agreements. The document contains suggested wording to resolve issues such as dispute resolution, how the partnership changes or terminates, and how partners can leave the partnership.


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