185094 NGOs without borders: Challenges to collaboration and benefits of collaboration to maximize their efforts

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 9:18 AM

Elvira Beracochea, MD, MPH , MIDEGO, Fairfax, VA
Karen LeBan , CORE group, Washington, DC
David Oot , Save the Children, Washington, DC
Padmini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, CHES , Dept of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health, New York Medical College School of Public Health, Valhalla, NY
Competition for grants and donor funding has prevented many NGOs to collaborate openly with other NGOs, at risk of losing their competitive edge. This panel presents a model to maximize collaboration among NGOs and maximize their impact. Innovative partnership agreements and models that allow each NGO to add value without compromising their financial survival are needed. This presentation is part of the panel entitled “NGOs without borders: Reducing inequalities in global health” organized by the “NGO Connections Committee” of the International Health Section. The committee has invited a number of experts from these coalitions and is awaiting confirmation as to who can attend the San Diego meeting. The purpose of this panelist is to present and discuss the challenges NGOs face when collaborating with others and the benefits of such collaboration. The case of an NGO and its collaboration strategies that has attracted a number of successful partnerships will be discussed and a model for partnership building and collaboration will be presented.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Discuss the challenges of NGO collaboration. 2. List the main benefits of effective NGO collaboration. 3. Discuss a model to maximize the efforts and impact of NGO in reducing inequalities in global health.

Keywords: International Health, Coalition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been teaching public healh and medical students for more tahn 10 years, i ahve presented on various topics related to global health at various nationala nd international venues
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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