IIRR’s aim, building capacity to overcome poverty, can only be achieved by forging strategic alliances with like-minded organizations. IIRR believes that to truly build capacity in a community, the community members themselves must be the decision-makers, leaders, managers, and implementers of the development projects that are aimed at serving them. As such, IIRR has formed partnerships with over 200 people’s organizations (cooperatives, womens’ groups, and farmers’ associations); community-based organizations, local and national government offices and like-minded national and international NGOs in Asia and Africa.
Together with our partners, IIRR researches, learns, tests, demonstrates and documents poverty reduction strategies that can be replicated internationally. In the process, these partner organizations become role models for grassroots growth and innovation in their own communities. At the macro level, IIRR works with international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organizations to scale up and disseminate field-tested best practices which can be replicated globally. By leveraging the skills, talents and resources of so many players, it becomes possible to increase our outreach and impact and attain common goals sooner.
IIRR’s partnerships are based on the “four mutual principles” of Rural Reconstruction: