Organization: Casa Canadiense / Cooperativa
Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Partnership as Legitimacy, Partnership as Identity: A comparative case study of two Canadian non-governmental organizations’ partnerships in Nicaragua.
The international community has renewed its commitment to creating partnerships for development in the new Sustainable Development Goals. However, there is a lack of research about what partnership looks like in practice and how these relationships are created, maintained, and sustained. This MRP explores how two different models of NGO partnership between Canadian and Nicaraguan organizations function and are maintained in practice. Using semi-structured interviews, archival research, and working with a relational ethics, I ask whether mainstream or alternative models of partnership allow local partners in Nicaragua to operate with more autonomy. While both organizational models have strengths and weaknesses, the alternative partnership model lends itself to more transformative, rather than palliative, community development.