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Partnerships & Institutional Affairs
The IUHPE is uniquely positioned as a global, independent and professional non-governmental organisation in the field of health promotion, which should enable it to play a stronger, more active role in the international arena and work in close collaboration with global organisations to improve health equity between and within countries.
This requires that IUHPE develops new ways of mobilising support for health promotion, advocate for more health promoting outcomes and participate in effective partnerships that result in better health and well-being. The IUHPE needs to be strategic when selecting partners and also be clear on their role, which could range from advising on /assisting with existing activities, undertaking new ones, helping with membership recruitment, and/or helping fund specific projects / activities etc.
As part of his vision, the President created the Vice-Presidency for Partnerships & Institutional Affairs to have a dedicated person to move forward and facilitate a Partnership Development Strategy, which will proactively seek out, establish and support partnerships between the IUHPE and appropriate institutions to expand its niche as a global leader in health promotion. In regular consultation with a broad range of institutions and agencies, the aim is to build effective and mutually beneficial partnerships that will help strengthen IUHPE's position as well as its institutional capacity by:
-increasing the skills and capacities of members to respond to health challenges;
-undertaking evaluation and improving the organisation's performance;
-developing and disseminating knowledge; and
-securing sustainable funding for the organisation's infrastructure.
The formal mechanism to ensure and coordinate partnership activities will be the creation of a IUHPE Partner's Platform, which will be launched at the 20th IUHPE World Conference in 2010.
Scoping review of IUHPE current partnerships
As a first step to develop the strategy, the Vice-President commissioned from Louise Potvin, a member of the Board of Trustees, to carry out a scoping review of the current partnerships in which the IUHPE is engaged internally and externally, which was carried out in September 2008.
Links to more information on the different categories of existing partnerships can be found below:
Global mapping of potential partners and networks
An external environmental scan has also been conducted to contribute to the building of strategic partnerships, which will lead to mutually beneficial opportunities for action on health promotion. A further benefit of an expansion of strategic partnerships would be greater outreach to new constituencies, as well as to new funding opportunities.
IUHPE Partner's Platform
With the two studies as principal backdrop, the IUHPE will establish a Partner's Platform in 2010 where:
Mutual benefits accrue to all partners;
Each partner organisation has financial independence. This does not preclude joint projects which are externally funded;
All partners are financially and institutionally well governed with accountability oversight established;
Partners bring enhanced credibility to the collective group and represent action networks;
Strategic partners will bring new communities/networks to IUHPE's work and their work will be enhanced by participation with IUHPE;
Some seats might be reserved for exceptional individuals who bring ideas and creativity to the work;
Inter-generational partnerships which encourage a new generation of health promotion activists to participate in IUHPE. This may involve mentoring and/or some risk taking on the part of IUHPE, but would result in generation transfer to new health promotion professionals.
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