Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is committed to forming partnerships and forging links that contribute to the long-term survival of threatened species and habitats. Supporting in-country partners who request FFI’s help also gives us a much stronger mandate than if we were to march in with our own agenda.
FFI’s approach to the development of relationships with other organisations is pragmatic, and our definition of partnership is deliberately flexible. In addition to several hundred so-called primary partners – those with whom we jointly run projects or to whom we provide significant institutional, financial or technical support – we also collaborate more widely with hundreds of other organisations.
We have invested in sharing practical conservation lessons since the publication of the society’s very first journal in 1904, and for many years have led the way in supporting organisational and personal development in the conservation arena.
Whether the support is formal or informal, our overall objective is to strengthen organisations to make them better able to sustain their conservation activities independently and to meet their own continued development and resource needs. Sometimes, this simply involves providing a helping hand to a well-established organisation in order that it can reach its full potential; sometimes an institution needs restructuring; occasionally an entirely new organisation needs to be created. We tailor our support accordingly, but in all instances we are demand-led, responding to requests for assistance rather than setting the agenda ourselves.
Traditionally, every one of FFI’s local partners has benefited from one-to-one support geared to its own specific needs, but many of these organisations often encounter the same generic problems. Therefore, we are increasingly encouraging our partners around the world to develop their own peer support networks.