Thousand Currents partners are our teachers.
Together, we are building relationships founded upon mutual trust, learning, and accountability.
Thousand Currents supports transformative work led by women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples in parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Our partners do all the work.
We are driven by and responsive to the priorities, visions, and needs of our partners. We provide funding as well as capacity strengthening and alliance building support to help them achieve their goals.
Key components of Thousand Currents’ partnership model:
- Long-term support: Lasting change takes time. It is nonlinear, often unpredictable, and requires efforts at multiple levels. In order to accompany our partners responsibly through many cycles of change, we provide long-term support that follows mutually established goals and outcomes as opposed to an artificial timeframe. This long-term approach has enabled us to build trusting and respectful relationships with our partners that extend beyond the time-bound transaction of resources and results.
- Flexible, core funding: We provide general operating support with no strings or conditions attached. Because of our due diligence before committing to our partners, and because of our strong and continuous communication and trust-building with them, we do not dictate what strategies and activities our partners carry out. If our partners want to pay the light bill, or start a new program, it’s up to them. We trust that they know their needs best and can allocate resources accordingly.
- Walk the talk: We approach our partnerships with a spirit of genuine curiosity, respect, and learning. We are values-driven and aim to show up as a partner and an ally working to dismantle the unjust power differentials inherent in international development and philanthropy, while also holding ourselves as accountable, transparent, kind, and loving. This is how we walk our talk.
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