CPI emphasizes long-term relationships with civil society organizations that evolve to meet the growing and changing needs of our partners and the communities they serve. CPI believes that the robust and prosperous organizational capacity of civil society organizations can be achieved only by long-term partnership and uninterrupted support.
CPI’s sustainable partnerships with civil society organizations are forged with discussion and understanding of the organization’s history, its community-driven focus, and commitment to service.
Key principles that drive CPI’s relationships with civil society organizations are:
CPI will act with integrity and sustain candid dialogue with all partners, particularly as the terms of Myanmar’s transition remain uncertain for local partners, especially those historically marginalized for political or other reasons.
CPI, together with local partners, has pushed for technical excellence, strength in programmatic management and achievement of donor standards. CPI will work with local partners to improve/build their capacities and capabilities in these areas.
CPI will continue to advocate for a substantial and appropriate role by civil society partners in supporting the health and social well-being of vulnerable communities.
Respect and professionalism in conduct is mutual between CPI and partners. We value enhanced transparency through cooperation and direct communication between CPI staff and partners.
CPI commits funds to local partners that allow a collaborative pursuit of innovative, technically sound, pilot approaches to addressing challenging problems that are often unaddressed by traditional donors.
CPI will endeavor to sustain a diverse base of partners working to address the more vulnerable populations, and under-served communities committed to community-driven approaches and/or who can benefit from CPI’s core competency in organizational development and support.
1. Partner Implementation: CPI is the Prime of a grant or a program but the partner directly implements services at the community level. CPI furnishes the technical inputs, constructs the operational backbone and oversees the operation. CPI ensures the quality of the services provided by the partner at the community level. In particular, CPI trains the staff of the partner organization and they are the ones who directly implement the activities. CPI provides sub-grants to the partner organization and day-to-day operational management at the community level is handled by the partner organization. This is the long-standing model between CPI and its civil society partners.
2. Mixed Implementation: CPI is the contractual Prime but implementation requires both partner and CPI staff working at the community level. This fundamentally improves access to community-level activities and direct monitoring, which enables CPI to work more directly on strengthening capacities of partner staff. This model is utilized especially in intensive projects that require sophisticated technical inputs and rigorous quality assurance.
3. Direct Implementation: Under urgent and unique circumstances, CPI will also consider the direct implementation model, which necessitates CPI to hire more staff, manage operational issues in the field, and sometimes to take security risks directly, depending on the field context. In this approach, CPI deploys its own staff to provide requisite services.
Since CPI believes in local empowerment, CPI consistently works with partners to shift the implementation model from Direct Implementation to Partner Implementation