query: difference between coalitions and partnerships
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Tue Nov 13 17:37:32 CST 2007
[ed: thanks to Tom, Andy, and Pedro for replying to Kevboy's query.]
From: "Tom Wolff" <tom at tomwolff.com>
I have always felt that my colleague Arthur Himmelman made a great
contribution to this question by defining networking, cooperation,
coordination and collaboration which I summarized a while ago in a
Newsletter- see link below. Hope it helps.
From: "Andrew Mott" <andymott at communitylearningproject.org>
I guess that each of us uses the terminology in different ways. For me, a
"coalition" is a group of organizations which have come together to have an
impact on policy. They often have many members and the relationship among
them is quite loose. A "partnership" typically is a tighter relationship
with formalized understandings among two or more partners, and the purpose
is to work together on a set of tasks, not to impact policy.
Community Learning Project
From: MrPedro2124 at aol.com
Just to add to the discussion. For me, and the way I make the
distinction during organizing trainings is that Coalitions are political
entities, while partnerships are professional agreements. Most people
seem to grasp the difference then.
PA Senior Action, Philadelphia
> From: anil kumar <kevboy_anil at yahoo.com>
> i am a graduate student in Public Health and i am in Community
> Organizing class and doing a project in this class. One of the
> assignments in this class asked specifically about the structural or
> functional differences between the "coalitions and partnerships and
> their role in community organizing". I couldn't find any source which
> specifically differentiates these two, hence i thought you people might
> be of some help. Reason being i always visit this discussion thread and
> found some useful stuff over here for my class.
> Thank you in advance.
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