• A Lombard Department of Social Work, University of Pretoria
  • Janet du Preez Consultant,Social Development



The primary goal of partnerships in social development is to strategically join efforts to reduce poverty, address inequalities and social injustices through the redistribution of resources, and through social and economic development programmes. This can only be achieved when there is a true commitment from all partners involved to take up the challenges of building partnerships which could provide a negotiated framework for a partnership strategy for social development. These challenges include understanding the changing role of the state, redefining partnerships, empowerment of NGOs to be service deliverers and advocates, the creation of an enabling environment, recognition and balancing of social development partners’ strengths and weaknesses, an agreement on the social development agenda and a plan for sustainable social development. Although a partnership strategy for social development needs to be in place to provide broad guidelines, each kind and level of partnership need to be uniquely negotiated, planned, designed and maintained


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How to Cite

Lombard, A., & du Preez, J. (2014). CHALLENGES FOR BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS IN SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 40(3).