Choose a suitable sized business for the partnership, such as multinational companies, small-and medium-sized enterprises, governmental institutions, civil society organizations and International entities.
Define a sphere of influence for the partnership that can be local, regional or global, depending on the location of its target groups and beneficiaries.
Each partner should take on a role in the partnership that reflects its comparative advantage and relates to its core competencies - for example, the role of implementer, convener or enabler.
Draft a roadmap for the partnership that segments implementation into distinct development stages and defines a time-bound or ongoing timeframe for the partnership. Then the partnership will function, partners can draft a formal or informal agreement, choose a degree of autonomy and establish management bodies, such as project teams and steering bodies.
Ensure that information on a partnership's performance will be collected and analysed, either internally or through external evaluations.