Each partner or collaborator is an autonomous organization. It is important to understand that this brings with it responsibilities and obligations related to structure, governance, accountability, etc. that may differ between organizations. These obligations may create constraints to the way some organizations can work, or how they can be seen publicly.

Some organizations may not be able to provide staff time but can provide monetary funds towards a partnership or collaboration. Some organizations may have proprietary rights over materials used in a campaign and their name must be given prominence. Others may have reporting obligations to funders with strict timelines that must be respected by all parties. It is important to discuss and understand your partner’s obligations and constraints upfront and take them into account when making decisions.